Review: ‘The Landlord’

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

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

A novel by Kristin Hunter has been scripted into what is essentially a two-part story. First, Bridges and his economically secure family are played off and against the black tenants whom he inherits in his ghetto building. Then, Bridges’ sexual encounter with married Diana Sands results in a mixed race baby and a confrontation with some hard facts of life.

The film is most successful when people are interacting with people. Pearl Bailey’s performance is a terrific showpiece for her talents. Sands makes a powerful impression as a flirtatious but loving wife to Louis Gossett.

1970: Nomination: Best Supp. Actress (Lee Grant)

The Landlord

Production

United Artists/Mirisch. Director Hal Ashby; Producer Norman Jewison; Screenplay William Gunn; Camera Gordon Willis; Editor William Abbott Sawyer, Edward Warschilka; Music Al Kooper; Art Director Robert Boyle

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 112 MIN.

With

Beau Bridges Lee Grant Diana Sands Pearl Bailey Marki Bey Louis Gossett
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