Melanie Griffith looked better before she messed up her lips. (by lee_eisenberg)
If Fred and Ethel Mertz had ever seen "Pacific Heights", they might have thought twice about giving Lucy and Ricky an apartment - and I don't mean that in a funny way. When San Francisco renters Patty Palmer Melanie Griffith and Drake Goodman Matthew Modine fix up an apartment, they sell it to newcomer Carter Hayes Michael Keaton . But something's not quite right about this guy. And when they ask him to leave, things get really ugly."Pacific Heights" is one of those movies that show the dangerous side of a certain lifestyle, in this case being a renter. You <more>
probably won't want to be a renter after watching this movie. Michael Keaton makes one perplexing character - but he's not perplexing for long. Griffith and Modine really give one the impression of sinking into desperation. You won't want to miss this one - it just might save your life.Oh, and by the way, Griffith's mom Tippi Hedren also appears in this movie.
Chilling Morality Tale Of Our Times. (by zoebutler)
"It's not personal. He's a professional." That's the advice given to the Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine - the couple in this movie - when they are robbed blind by the tenant from hell. Their beautiful home is stolen from under their feet and their marriage is put in jeopardy by ice-man Keaton's psychological demolition job.Having experience something similar from a sub-let myself I am not surprised that this is based on a true story as it rings chillingly true. I have met this kind of person and they are just like that. If they meet a nice, attractive, <more>
hardworking and likable couple justifiably proud of their dream house such a sociopath will only have one thought in their head; "How do I get it away from them?" In these days of second mortgages and 'extreme makeovers' we can hardly be surprised if this kind of villain multiplies faster than the cockroaches Keaton releases into Griffith and Modine's house.Watching this movie was certainly cathartic for me - and the ending was certainly satisfying. OK, maybe a little implausible? So what? So is Lord of the Rings - this film did it for me and if you've ever been conned by a demon tenant then you'll know exactly what I mean.ZB
Pacific Heights is an excellent movie! (by Movie Nuttball)
Pacific Heights is different and a very serious movie! It has Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine in very good performances! In My opinion Griffith looked and spoke very similar like Meg Ryan in Armed and Dangerous and speaking of someone being similar like someone else I thought the same about Luca Bercovici as he looked and spoke very similar like D.B. Sweeney! Laurie Metcalf and Mako good were good. Look for Tracey Walter, Beverly D'Angelo, Dan Hedaya, and Jerry Hardin! But the star of this film is Michael Keaton! His performance is arguably better than his Batman performance! His <more>
character is so unique in My opinion! His character is unpredictable and intelligent! You can't help but wonder what is going on with him, what has he done in the past and what is his next move? Who really is Carter Hayes? Hans Zimmer's score is very cool and I think its one of his best! This is a very good movie that's full of mystery and suspense and if you like the cast mentioned above and are a big fan of Michael Keaton then this is a must plus I strongly recommend it!Movie Nuttball's NOTE:Here an interesting fact! In Batman Michael Keaton was Batman and Tracey Walter played Bob the Goon. In Conan the Destroyer Mako played Akiro 'The Wizard' and Tracey Walter was Malak. In Pacific Heights they are all in it together!
Pacific Heights is required viewing in all Apartment Management courses in San Diego County. It is a chilling tale of decent but uneducated and unprepared new owners with a dream unknowingly up against a seasoned player in the professional renter game. This viewing requirement is one of the tools used to introduce starry-eyed management newcomers to the harsh and not-so-easily apparent world of the sick, the dangerous and the sue-happy portion of the rental market who will try to get the management stripped of all their personal assets and possessions, fired and possibly jailed, who work <more>
diligently to get the owner's property away from him/her, and who have no objection to going down as long as they can take others with them. Great movie.
Very good film, what a nightmare! (by LebowskiT1000)
I think it's safe to say that this is truly an original idea for a film. The story is very odd and not one you would expect from a thriller, but nonetheless, it's very good. I couldn't help but be infuriated with the situations in the film. This guy, Carter Hays Michael Keaton , is such a smug jerk and whatever the land lord's do, they just can't seem to rid themselves of this guy. You truly feel sorry for the main characters in the film.Michael Keaton does an incredible job with his role, you truly loathe his character by the end of the film. He is such an evil and sick <more>
person. I think Michael Keaton really deserves some credit for the job he did in this film. Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffith also did a fine job with their characters. Very well done, on all accounts.I don't think I would recommend this film to everyone, but if you're into thrillers and seem interested in what the plot summary says, then by all means see it! I hope you enjoy the film. Thanks for reading,-Chris
Pacific Heights is an underrated and forgotten thriller. The Screenplay is excellent along with a catchy Score composed by Hans Zimmer.Where the movie went slightly wrong was with "Drake", he was unlikable due to his over-the-top bad temper, they could have had him lose it once or twice, but he was screaming/shouting and swearing at every single situation. The writers should have kept in mind that if they want the viewers to like this guy then make him likable.That was the only flaw in this movie, the rest was brilliant and shows viewers the mind of con-men.The performances are <more>
great. I highly recommend this Flick if you love a good thriller.
Prior to this film,we only saw Michael Keaton in comedic,and good guy roles.In Pacific Heights,he proves to us that he is not afraid to turn on us and be the bad guy.Keaton is excellent as Carter Hayes,the worst kind of no account,as he knows how to stay just out of reach of the law. The character is very similar to that of Max Cady in Cape Fear,though Cady is the far more memorable of the two.Carter Hayes is a nightmarish tenant wreaking havoc on the lives of his helpless landlords,wonderfully played by Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine.I consider this film to be an overlooked classic that <more>
never really got the attention it deserved,perhaps because no one wanted to see Keaton,particularly after his Batman success,as a villain.Those looking for a modern day "Hitchcock-esque" thriller will find a winner here.Thumbs up!
Maddeningly vague, but surprisingly effective (by DavidSim240183)
Pacific Heights is unusual among psycho-thrillers because of its completely different approach to psychological terror. Instead of a Freddy Krueger or a Michael Myers we have Michael Keaton as a psychotic tenant who makes life hell for his landlords Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine. Knowing every legal loophole in the book, his weapons of choice are restraining orders and civil suits, not butcher knives and chainsaws. Driving them to increasingly desperate measures to evict him, Keaton dreams up new and more sadistic methods to torment them.I've always thought Pacific Heights is rather <more>
underrated. It's got a mite more intelligence than you'd expect from Hollywood's hijacked psycho-stalker genre. John Schlesinger directs it all with confidence, but then he's an old hand in this area. And Michael Keaton is wonderfully malevolent. His presence makes the entire movie. I've always enjoyed the course the film takes us on. Even if it occasionally gets into some muddy areas along the way, Pacific Heights is compelling to the very end.Modine and Griffith play Drake Goodman and Patty Palmer. A young and naive yuppie couple, they renovate a Victorian house in San Francisco. Truthfully, the house is more than they can afford, but can barely make ends meet by renting out two downstairs apartments. One to a nice Japanese couple. And the other to businessman Carter Hayes Keaton .Hayes moves in without permission, or even a down payment. He locks himself in, not paying any rent. He has a roommate, who hammers away to all hours of the night. He changes the locks. Breeds cockroaches. Drives away the other tenants. And because no money is coming in, Drake and Patty's legal status is becoming all the more shakier. As is they're relationship.Pacific Heights is a film that comes with a certain appeal when looked at closely enough. The idea of a tenant being able to have more power than a landlord is scary stuff. I didn't always believe some of the stunts the film pulls. Unleashing hordes of cockroaches is perhaps going a little too far. Even for a psycho-thriller. Even a tenant who knows how to manipulate the law for his own purposes would have to face culpability sometime.And yet at the same time, Pacific Heights is a constant source of fascination. Hayes leads Drake and Patty through a wonderfully complex legal minefield. Its surprisingly the film's threats of foreclosure and mounting bills that are more effective than its outright sinister approaches.This is a criminally overlooked performance on Michael Keaton's resume. In fact he's always been an actor long overdue recognition. Hot off the success of Batman, Keaton plunges right into the role of Carter Hayes with pure, unadulterated relish. Even though Hayes' motivations are never exactly made clear, its Keaton's performance that sells the character.This is a man with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He apparently comes from a broken home. Shut out of the family fortune. Disowned. So now he takes a perverse pleasure in destroying the lives of those happier than his. Keaton is a powerful presence. All the more remarkable considering he spends most of the film behind closed doors.Whenever Keaton is around, you sit up and pay attention. But I can't really say the same for Modine and Griffith. Modine is annoying the way he stupidly plays into Hayes' hands time and again.And as for Griffith, she only really comes into her own towards the end. Melanie Griffith once showed signs of being a promising actress in the 80s. Witness her superb performance in Working Girl. But over the years her star has paled, and now she's nothing more than another face in the crowd.But towards the end, we finally see something of the promise she showed in Working Girl. She exacts a little revenge on Hayes by playing him at his own game. She tracks him down to a swanky hotel, has his bank account frozen, and charges hundreds of dollars worth of room service to his credit card. That's the Melanie I remember.But elsewhere, every shred of enjoyment to be had comes courtesy of Keaton. There is something wonderfully poetic to Pacific Heights at times. Not to mention unnerving. Like when Hayes calmly provokes Drake into beating the crap out of him, because the stress of all this causes a pregnant Patty to suffer a miscarriage. And best of all, Drake is legally restrained from entering his own home. Because of Hayes' presence there.The climax is pretty good too. That's the point when Schlesinger and Keaton forgets about being courteous, and launches into all out psycho mode. Complete with nail-guns and spikes.Pacific Heights is maddeningly vague at times about where its going to go next. But I think its a worthwhile film, and well worthy of reevaluation. Also look out for a fine turn from the underrated Laurie Metcalf as Drake and Patty's attorney. She lights up the screen just as much as Keaton does.
A yuppie couple buy a large house in an exclusive San Fransisco neighbourhood.They renovate it and plan to rent two apartments on the first floor to cover the costs.A prosperous looking man moves in but is not the ideal tenant.He never pays any rent, drives the other tenants away and systematically ruins the lives of his landlords....Batman finally goes nuts!! In the first of a short spurt of nice people turn psycho films, Keaton makes an underwhelming premise ever so excellent, thanks to his calm one minute/Beetlejuice the next performance.Whereas Modine really hams it up to be ever so <more>
slightly convincing, Keatons facial expressions really just cover all the bases.It's never clearly explained why Hayes really trashes the apartment, or why he won't pay the rent, but when the film gets this tense, it's really hard to care for substance.It's a shame that Griffith and Modine are such wet blankets, because there are some instances when you really want Hayes to succeed. Ellen Griswold pops up and out halfway through the film to discuss the narrative and plot holes with Griffith to tie up any confusion the audience may have.The film has a very Eighties feel to it, right from the dress sense to the overall attitudes of the characters which slightly dates the movie, but then psychos always go for the yuppies.It would be great to see Keaton, Liotta, And Jaon-Leigh team up in ans Avengers type ultimate psycho movie, but that would be silly.A great, good looking movie, with an incredible performance from Keaton.