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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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David Diamond, Danny Green (adaptation) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Dylan McDermott ... Harry Lesser
Snoop Dogg ... Willie Spearmint
Rose Byrne ... Irene Bell
Seymour Cassel ... Levenspiel
Niki J. Crawford ... Mary Kettlesmith
Aldis Hodge ... Sam Clemence
Gene Gilbert Gene Gilbert ... Mr. Ross
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Anna
Stephen Jared ... Young Cop
Laz Alonso ... Jacob 32
Christopher May ... Stage Actor
Karimah Westbrook ... Female Partygoer
Lamont Bentley Lamont Bentley ... Male Partygoer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Glover Carla Glover ... Party Goer
Bryant Pearson ... Featured Male Partygoer


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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I smile at Snoop but frown at the story
22 June 2006 | by GluckschweinSee all my reviews

As a man who enjoys the raw power and honesty of a Snoop Dogg performance, this movie was perfect for me. My friends and I rented the movie solely because Snoop Dogg was on the cover, and Snoop did not disappoint. The movie is filled with Snoop intensive scenes where he is afforded the opportunity to display his dominant personality.

Despite Snoop Dogg's immaculate performance, other actors within the movie, as well as the story itself contained some unattractive qualities. Regarding the lead actor, Dylan McDermott's portrayal of Harry Lesser was too dramatic and unrealistic. I cannot find that kind of depression and seriousness in my real life experiences. The depressive nature of his character may in fact be the fault of the author and not the actor. At many times, the characters of The Tenants would act irrationally and contrary to real life behavior.

Overall, the story and the actions taken by the characters were not as believable as I would have liked them to be. Nevertheless, I have yet to see a bad Snoop Dogg performance in any of his films. I stand by my initial instincts to rent the movie because he was on the cover.

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Release Date:

April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Mieter See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,010, 5 February 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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