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The Tenants (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama, Romance | April 2005 (USA)
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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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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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,010 (USA) (5 February 2006)

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$2,010 (USA) (5 February 2006)
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Dancing Madness
Written by Coati Mundi (as Coati Mundi Hernandez)
Performed by Manicphonic Mobsters
Published by Rainbowphonic Music (BMI)
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Excellent story, Good screenplay, poorly directed
7 August 2006 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

30 years ago (wow!) back in High School, I was a big fan of Bernard Malamud and read most of his works in Modern American Literature Class. But I didn't read The Tenants. So I looked forward to seeing The Tenants especially since my Cuzzin, Snoop Dogg is in it.

The Tenants is an excellent though simple story transformed into a very good screenplay. The problem, however, is the director. This movie feels like it was directed by a film student. It's directed in what I would call a "matter of fact" style which fails to develop a relationship between the characters. In fact, the characters seem just to be reciting lines. Despite that, the screenplay carries this movie well and it was certainly a movie I wanted to go back to and watch to the end on DVD.


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