The Landlord (1970)
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as Elgar Winthrop Julius Enders
as Joyce Enders
as Francine Marie Johnson
as Marge, Tenant
as Walter Gee
as Prof. Duboise
as Mr. Enders
as William Jr.
as Mr. Farcus
as Enid the Maid
as William Jr.
as Grandfather Enders
as Big John
as Number One
as Maitre d'
as Laura Ann
as Alvin Joe
Critic Reviews for The Landlord
Liberal guilt, with a few good laughs, a lot of frantic activity, and the occasional backfire.
Beau Bridges heads the uniformly excellent cast as a bored rich youth who buys a black ghetto apartment building and learns something about life.
The Landlord remains one of the funniest social comedies of the period, as well as the most human.
Audience Reviews for The Landlord
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.
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.
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.
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