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The Landlord (1970)

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Bill Gunn (screenplay), Kristin Hunter (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Elgar
Lee Grant ... Mrs. Enders
Diana Sands ... Fanny
Pearl Bailey ... Marge
Walter Brooke ... Mr. Enders
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Copee (as Lou Gossett)
Marki Bey ... Lanie
Mel Stewart ... Professor Duboise (as Melvin Stewart)
Susan Anspach ... Susan Enders
Robert Klein ... Peter (as Bob Klein)
Will Mackenzie ... William Jr.
Gretchen Walther Gretchen Walther ... Doris
Doug Grant Doug Grant ... Walter Gee (as Douglas Grant)
Stanley Greene Stanley Greene ... Heywood
Oliver Clark ... Mr. Farcus
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At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar is not one to be bound by yesterday's urges, and soon he has other thoughts on his mind. He's grown fond of the black tenants and particularly of Fanny, the wife of a black radical; he's maybe fallen in love with Lanie, a mixed race girl; he's lost interest in redecorating his home. Joyce, his mother has not relinquished this interest and in one of the film's most hilarious sequences gives her Master Charge card to Marge, a black tenant and appoints her decorator. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El casero See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hal Ashby: bearded hippie/groom in opening shot. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Enders: I'm going home, wherever that is.
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Connections

Features The Dating Game (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless the Children
Lyrics and Music by Jimmy Holiday
Sung by The Staple Singers
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Worth the rent!
3 July 2012 | by brefaneSee all my reviews

Hal Ashby's debut film may be somewhat over-directed, but it is one of his best;funny, provocative and pointed. And I prefer it to Bound for Glory,Coming Home,Harold and Maude and Shampoo. The Landlord is Ashby's most audacious film and along with The Last Detail (1973)it's his best. The change in tone is consistent with the main character's developing awareness and involvement with the tenants he had planned to displace in order to convert the building into his private home. Lee Grant is terrific as Bridge's mother and earned an Oscar nomination for supporting actress and no less memorable are Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey, and Louis Gossett Jr. Bridges is winning as the landlord who arrives to make change and winds up being changed and Trish Van Devere is funny in her one scene. The on location shooting, terrific cinematography and surprising dialog keep it real and interesting. Not as well known as it should be.


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