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The Tenants (2005)

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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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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 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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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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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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Crosswind in the mid
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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Too literary adaptation of "classic novel" sinks under its pretensions
24 March 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Tenants Two writers struggle to complete their books in an all but empty apartment house. They at first help each other and then slowly the tension between them begins to build.

This is based upon a Bernard Malamud novel and unfortunately everyone speaks as though they are in that novel. Very little of the dialog is natural, its purple and brimming with shades of meaning. Its as if a college English major with a head full of pretensions wrote the script. It's awful and I found myself instantly immune to anything the film had to say, which is a shame since the film is populated with great performances from top to bottom. Snoop Dog on down are fine form, unfortunately none of them can over come the falseness of the words and the premise.

I can't really recommend this movie. While not really bad, its very preachy and pretentious to the point of making you want to walk away. I lost interest less then a third of the way in and had to struggle to get to the end. If you're interested I'd try it on cable, but I wouldn't lay out good money to see it.


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