The Tenants (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  April 2005 (USA)
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In an abandoned tenement, an African-American militant writer and a Jewish novelist develop a friendship while struggling to complete their novels, but inner tension rises between the two.



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Credited cast:
Harry Lesser
Willie Spearmint
Irene Bell
Mary Kettlesmith
Gene Gilbert ...
Mr. Ross
Linda Lawson ...
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Jacob 32
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Lamont Bentley ...
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On the top floor of an abandoned tenement, Harry Lesser struggles to complete the novel he has been writing for almost ten years. Then Willie Spearmint, black militant and aspiring writer, moves into another part of the building to work on his own book. Written by Anonymous

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Worlds apart... and right next door. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Mieter  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,010 (USA) (3 February 2006)


$2,010 (USA) (3 February 2006)

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1.33 : 1
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The look of the film
13 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie wasn't bad as everyone says, but it could of been made a little better, casting wise I do say. BUT... look at the way the movie LOOKS, the colors are very crisp and MAKES the picture stand out for that reason. The person or persons involved in that did an OUTSTANDING job. 10 out 10 for that, and as a filmmaker I would love to hire the people who were in charge of that. I sat through the film looking at it from that angle. It was done beautifully, it looked like it was shot on film (which it was I bet)but in the 70's era. I can't stress that enough, it looked so damn amazing, I began to think that it was shot in that era. Great job, bottem line.

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