Pacific Heights 1990

Pacific Heights

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Michael Keaton certainly proves himself as an effective villain, but Pacific Heights sticks too closely to well-worn thriller conventions.

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Unmarried yuppies Patty (Melanie Griffith) and Drake (Matthew Modine) move into an expensive dream home in a high-end neighborhood in San Francisco. As they renovate the house, they look for a tenant for the first floor of their house. Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton) seems like a great fit at first, but it transpires that he is a con artist who plans to swindle them out of their real estate. As Hayes tries to drive them out of their own home, the couple must take drastic measures to fight back.

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  • Oct 31, 2019
    Keaton is key to this film and he is incredible. Sadly the film falls into all the pitfalls of films of this era and lacks central characters. The thriller troupes are all here and it's all these beat for beat moments that you'll love or hate. My biggest hate is how the police are experts at everything or ignorant to the facts. The couple could've have lied and said he manipulated the police into coming. He did come to their apartment. Frustrating story beats are just pure Hollywood story moments. The film is actually quite interesting and I only wish they managed to maintain the key characters relationship. Modine was the incorrect choice here, he seems to struggle with the role. This could be the filmmakers error, but it's clear he doesn't match the material. Passable thriller, sadly had so much more potential. Reboot worthy. 31/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2011
    1 of the best suspense films I've seen.Michael Keaton was great as the psychopathic trust fund con artist.After watching The Dream Team I can understand why he was cast in this role.He was perfect for the part.Pacific Heights also shows that criminals have more rights then we do.It's sad but true!
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2011
    Having such good films under his belt like "Midnight Cowboy" and "Marathon Man", director John Schlesinger is no slouch when it comes to crafting a quality drama or suspense. However, with an irritatingly underpar cast, this is not one of his finer efforts. Young couple Patty (Melanie Griffith) and Drake (Matthew Modine) purchase a Victorian home in San Francisco. They fix it up and rent one of the apartments to fast-talking businessman Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton) unaware that he is in fact, a sociopathic swindler. When this film was released in 1990, I actually enjoyed it. I was 12 years old. Looking at it now, I have to admit that my critical faculties had not kicked in then. There's no denying that it's a well crafted suspense yarn but it's also ludicrously plotted. The fault doesn't lie with Schlesinger though, in fact, he does really well handling the tension and suspense. The fault lies with the unintelligible script. Would this stereotypically disturbed character really waste his time, being no more than an inconvenience by drilling holes in the walls? Do disturbed sociopaths really sit watching static interference on TV, in a darkened room, while flipping a razor blades over their fingers? Methinks it's all a little melodramatic. Keaton does his best sinister look with animated eyebrows, Modine needs his quiff trimmed and Griffith gives her usual one-note innocent, softly spoken, damsel in distress act. Three very limited actors with a very limited script. Schlesinger brings what he can to the table, but it's not enough to overcome ineptitude. Hitchcock would have had a field day with similiar material. Schlesinger tries his best to emulate the old master but he's ultimately fighting a losing battle with a very limited cast.
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2011
    A dull thriller with one of the lamest final fight sequence I've ever seen. Even otherwise, the movie sucked in the action department.
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