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Elgar Winthrop Julius Enders
Francine Marie Johnson
William Enders Sr.
William Enders Sr.
Mrs. Doris Enders
Audience Reviews for The Landlord
May 01, 2012Hal 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, 2010This 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, 2008One 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