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Why the heck didn't he just move into a hotel?


Anybody? Whyyy?


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Because it was His HOME! Why should he move out. He was there before the rat. Maybe the rat should movie into a hotel.

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Right. And if he did move out there wouldn't be any movie. :)

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Because the film is about a savage battle of wills between man and beast. If Peter Weller hand just left and moved into a hotel then the rat would have won the war. Weller stayed to kill the rat in order to prove his superiority over it.

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hed built the whole house from the ground up
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If I were in the same situation, I wouldn't move out either! I'd make that vermin get off my property!

One thing I like about this movie is that it plays out like a demented episode of Tom and Jerry!

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I wrote the screenplay, based on the novel, "The Visitor". In the book, which is between the lines in the movie, the Peter Weller character felt such impotence at work that he needed to find a site where he was in control. His brownstone, which he renovated without any help from a power tool, was his castle. If you look at his nemesis at work, he was cast to look like a rat, always wiping his nose as a rat would with his paw. Look for the symbolism and you will find it. When he goes to work, all those doors open at once making it appear as though a rat was entering a maze. I do that in all my films, especially "Visiting Hours". Brian Taggert

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Great film. I've always felt it was underated. My question is by any chance was the house used in the movie from Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn NY? I thought I had heard that back when the movie was being made. I doubt its true because I believe it was shot in Canada. Saw your post here and figured I would ask.

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The exterior of the house was Montreal. The interior of the house was a set also in Monterey. And thank you for the compliment. Brian Taggert.

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Great movie, I saw it when I was 14, great job on screenplay!! Thank you for a great thriller.

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Great thread.

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I just re-watched this film after many years. I think I overlooked much of the symbolism when I first saw it, and still missed some things this time. I liked it even better as an older person; I was able to appreciate it more.

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Because then it would be a bedbug movie, and rats are scarier.

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Because he was a man and it was his home and he wasn't some pathetic Katrina victim whining about it all.

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Cause he was a rat basterd! LOL
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Going to a motel would be admitting defeat, although it would let him get a decent nights sleep

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Because it wasn't in the script.

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