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Landlord

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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:"...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Oscar-winning editor Hal Ashby cut his teeth as a director with this counter-culture tale of a spoiled slumlord and the tenants who transform him. Beau Bridges turns in one of his most buoyant, affable performances as the conceited Elgar, whose resolve to remodel his building into luxury living is broken first by a romance, then by a deeper understanding of the people he houses. The project was originally given to Ashby by director Norman Jewison, with whom he had worked on In the Heat of the Night; the two disagreed on The Landlord's tone and eventually parted ways. Instead of merely capitalizing on the material's late 1960s, anti-authoritarian tone, Ashby humanizes all those involved and isn't afraid to explore the messier implications of his characters' behavior. Many hallmarks of later, more popular Ashby films are in evidence here: the penchant for dark satire; the left-wing socio-political consciousness; and the intuitive, "European" style of cutting. The bright, hazy cinematography was one of the earlier efforts by Gordon Willis, and Lee Grant received an Oscar nomination for her work as Elgar's uptight benefactor mom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2011
  • UPC: 883904219545
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,976

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Beau Bridges Elgar Enders
Lee Grant Mrs. Enders
Diana Sands Fanny
Pearl Bailey Marge
Marki Bey Lanie
Louis Gossett Jr. Copee
Douglas Grant Walter Gee
Mel Stewart Prof. Duboise
Walter Brooke Mr. Enders
Susan Anspach Susan Enders
Gretchen Walther Doris
Lionel Wilson
Larry Cook
Tony Major
Robert Klein Peter
Will MacKenzie William Jr.
Stanley Greene Heywood
Oliver Clark Mr. Farcus
Florynce Kennedy Enid
Joe Madden Grandfather
Grover Dale Oscar
Trish VanDevere Sally
Hector Elizondo Hector
John McCurry Big John
Marlene Clark Marlene
Gloria Hendry Gloria
Michael Ferguson Gene
Carl Lee Carl
Van Kirksey Van
Louise Stubbs Louise
Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Michael Chapman Camera Operator
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Bill Gunn Screenwriter
Norman Jewison Producer
Mike Maggi Makeup
Terence Nelson Asst. Director
Patrick Palmer Producer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Domingo Rodriguez Costumes/Costume Designer
William A. Sawyer Editor
Edward Warschilka Editor
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
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