The Landlord

1970, Comedy/Drama, 1h 53m

12 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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As his 30th birthday nears, the aristocratic Elger Winthrop Enders (Beau Bridges) finally decides to leave his parents' home, and he purchases an apartment complex in the slums of New York. The coldhearted Elger plans to boot out the current residents and refashion the crumbling dwelling into a luxurious bachelor pad. But after the spoiled young man befriends locals Francine (Diana Sands) and Margie (Pearl Bailey), he abandons his plans and instead focuses on charming his lovely neighbors.

Cast & Crew

Beau Bridges
Elgar Winthrop Julius Enders
Diana Sands
Francine Marie Johnson
Lee Grant
Joyce Enders
Mel Stewart
Professor Duboise
Walter Brooke
William Enders Sr.
Susan Anspach
Susan Enders
Robert Klein
Peter Coots
Will Mackenzie
William Enders Sr.
Gretchen Walther
Mrs. Doris Enders
Hal Ashby
Director
William Gunn
Screenwriter
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer
Al Kooper
Original Music
Robert F. Boyle
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Critic Reviews for The Landlord

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (1)

  • Hal Ashby's dbut film as a director is one of his best.

    April 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Liberal guilt, with a few good laughs, a lot of frantic activity, and the occasional backfire.

    May 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A glossy, flat, fake Hollywood attempt at black social comedy.

    May 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Beau Bridges heads the uniformly excellent cast as a bored rich youth who buys a black ghetto apartment building and learns something about life.

    October 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The Landlord remains one of the funniest social comedies of the period, as well as the most human.

    September 25, 2007
  • It's a compelling and adventurous spectacle, which feels simultaneously like a time capsule and a crucial influence on such recent films as The Royal Tenenbaums and Half Nelson.

    September 20, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Landlord

  • May 01, 2012
    Hal Ashby's debut film is very honest, witty and funny. The dramatic twist is poignant, though for me it disembalances the perfect farcical tone it had at first.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This comedy is very funny, but at the same time tries to get across the fact that people of different racial backgrounds can get along and live together. I really enjoyed this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2008
    One of the first early gigs featuring Louis Gossett,Jr,this movie was Hal Ashby's directorial debut and it became one of the top ten films of 1970 and for a very good reason. This was also produced by Norman Jewison who also served as executive producer. This was a film that starred Beau Bridges in a excellent performance as a young man who buys a condemned building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. The fine cast includes Lee Grant,the great Diana Sands,and also the dramatic debut of the great Pearl Bailey. With some great music from The Staple Singers makes this a joy to watch.
    Mister C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Landlord," 29-year old Elgar Enders(Beau Bridges), wanting to do something with his life, buys a tenament in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His intent is to evict all of the tenants, tear out all of the floors and hang a chandelier. When he first arrives in his Volkswagen convertible, he is chased away.(Concurrently finishing third in the New York City Marathon that year.) Upon his return, he is greeted by one of the tenants, Marge(Pearl Bailey), wielding a shotgun...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Hal Ashby, "The Landlord" is an audaciously funny and provocative movie that throws a Molotov Cocktail into the debate about race relations, especially in the North.(Even while repeating the truism that it is harder to hate people that you are familiar with.) It is much more effective than the more polite offerings such as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"(which is referenced here), especially in its portrayal of a burgeoning black consciousness. But what it is specifically concerned with is gentrification which leads to the destruction of communities through substantial raises in rents forcing families to move out.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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