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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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Danny Green

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Mieter See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,010, 5 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,010, 5 February 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pharoah: Can't Take it to the Grave
Written by Coati Mundi (as Coati Mundi Hernandez)
Performed by Manicphonic Mobsters
Published by Rainbowphonic Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Coati Mundi Productions
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A decent indie flick worth checking out
19 December 2006 | by guyfromjerzeeSee all my reviews

Being that I am not a fan of Snoop Dogg, as an actor, that made me even more anxious to check out this flick. I remember he was interviewed on "Jay Leno," and said that he turned down a role in the big-budget Adam Sandler comedy "The Longest Yard" to be in this film. So obviously, Snoop was on a serious mission to prove that he has acting chops. I'm not going to overpraise Snoop for his performance in "The Tenants." There are certainly better rapper/actors, like Mos Def, who could've done more with his role. But the point is Snoop did a "good" job. He can't seem to shake off some of his trademark body movements and vocal inflections, but that's something even Jack Nicholson has a problem doing. The point is I found him convincing in the role, and the tension between him and Dylan McDermott's character captivating. McDermott, by the way, gives the best performance in the film, though his subtle acting will most likely be overshadowed by Snoop's not-so-subtle acting. Being a big reader and aspiring writer myself, I couldn't help but find the characters and plot somewhat fascinating. It did aggravate me how Snoop's character would constantly ask McDermott to read his work, and berate him for criticizing it. But you know what? I'm sure a lot of writers are like that. His character was supposed to be flawed, as was McDermott's, in his own way. My only mild criticism of the film would be its ending. For some reason, it just felt too rushed for me, though the resolution certainly made sense and was motivated by the characters, rather than plot.


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