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The Landlord (1970)

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Bill Gunn (screenplay), Kristin Hunter (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Elgar
Lee Grant ... Mrs. Enders
Diana Sands ... Fanny
Pearl Bailey ... Marge
Walter Brooke ... Mr. Enders
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Copee (as Lou Gossett)
Marki Bey ... Lanie
Mel Stewart ... Professor Duboise (as Melvin Stewart)
Susan Anspach ... Susan Enders
Robert Klein ... Peter (as Bob Klein)
Will Mackenzie ... William Jr.
Gretchen Walther Gretchen Walther ... Doris
Doug Grant Doug Grant ... Walter Gee (as Douglas Grant)
Stanley Greene Stanley Greene ... Heywood
Oliver Clark ... Mr. Farcus
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At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar is not one to be bound by yesterday's urges, and soon he has other thoughts on his mind. He's grown fond of the black tenants and particularly of Fanny, the wife of a black radical; he's maybe fallen in love with Lanie, a mixed race girl; he's lost interest in redecorating his home. Joyce, his mother has not relinquished this interest and in one of the film's most hilarious sequences gives her Master Charge card to Marge, a black tenant and appoints her decorator. Written by alfiehitchie

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Watch the landlord get his.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El casero See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Grant's Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Enders: If she's putting you on, she's most likely only Jewish.
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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless the Children
Lyrics and Music by Jimmy Holiday
Sung by The Staple Singers
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Beau Bridges Best!
13 July 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

Certainly one of the Top 10 films of 1970, this ingenious comedy directed by Hal Ashby has never gotten the recognition it so deserves. Beau Bridges in this and Gaily, Gaily showed what a wonderful young actor he was, every bit as good as his brother, but never made that Star leap. Lee Grant (one of the best) is coy and cunning and wonderful as Bridges' mother and Diana Sands is heartbreaking, with excellent work from Lou Gossett and Pearl Bailey.

Great music and a topical plot, you can't help but get involved with this rich young man's "plight". One of Ashby's better films. A high 8 out of 10. Best performance = Lee Grant.


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