The Landlord


The Landlord (1970)


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Wealthy, insensitive young Beau Bridges buys an inner-city tenement, planning to evict the present occupants and construct a luxury home for himself. But once he ventures into the tenement, he grows quite fond of the low-income ethnic types who dwell within. He even kicks over the traces of his WASP upbringing by romancing black tenants Diana Sands and Marki Bey. Though essentially a comedy, The Landlord offers several painful truths about ghetto existence. Essentially, Beau Bridges acts as the audience's "eyes:" we learn as he learns, we grow as he grows. The Landlord represents the first directorial effort of Oscar-winning film editor Hal Ashby.

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Critic Reviews for The Landlord

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

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

Apr 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…
TIME Magazine
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Beau Bridges heads the uniformly excellent cast as a bored rich youth who buys a black ghetto apartment building and learns something about life.

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

Sep 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.

Sep 20, 2007

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.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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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
Aj V

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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 Caple
Mister Caple

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one of the most honest movies I've seen about the relationship between blacks and whites in America

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

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