Rated: R due to sex and violence Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: September 28, 1990 Released by:
Pacific Heights sustains a level of tension throughout, without the traditional spattering of blood and torn flesh that many directors of thrillers use today. The rounds of encounter are won by the adversary who uses intelligence rather than force. Evil is eventually overcome by its own destructive activity.
Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine, a young unmarried couple, purchase a Victorian home in San Francisco. Michael Keaton occupies one of their apartments by using subterfuge and the law. He also remains free of rent while destroying the newly remodeled building. How to get him out and how to reap revenge become the obsession of Modine. Griffith eventually is the one who stings Keaton, but a rich widow, played by Griffith's mother Tippi Hedren, bails him out and sets up the final confrontation.
There is some feeling of the master of suspense- Hitchcock; all that is missing is a haunting score.