The Landlord

The homeowner (Original Title: The Landlord ) is an American comedy film from 1970 directed by Hal Ashby and written by Bill Gunn on the basis of the novel The House on Poplar Street ( The Landlord ) by Kristin Hunter..


The 29 -year-old son of a rich entrepreneur Elgar Winthrop Julius Enders buys a house in traditional African Americans inhabited part of Brooklyn. He wants to sell the previous tenant and rebuild the house for your own residence. The tenants put contest the refusal.

Enders befriends with the tenant Francine Marie Johnson. He falls in love with Lanie, who works in a neighboring club as a dancer. Enders is the plan to force the tenant to move out and renovated at his own cost apartments.

Johnson is pregnant by Enders, whereupon her husband Copee, a political activist, the homeowner attacking with an ax. Later, she gives birth to the child who has light skin and gives it Enders, whose parents accept his decisions now. Enders pulls together with Lanie in one of the apartments.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times on October 21, 1970, the film was the beginning of a predictable sitcom. Later he would take an "interesting twist " and deal with the " slowness and hypocrisy of the widespread racist prejudices ". The numerous dialogues are just as easy as well as "very strong" - they would offer a more honest though less optimistic picture of the racial problems, as usual in American films.

The editors of the magazine Variety wrote in 1970 that occupation is " uniformly excellent ." The film was best in those places that would show interpersonal relationships.


Lee Grant was nominated in 1971 for Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Best Supporting Actress for the Golden Globe Award. You and Diana Sands in 1971 nominated for the Laurel Award. The film was nominated in 1972 for the British Film Award.


The world premiere took place in the United States on 20 May 1970. In Germany the film was released in theaters on November 24, 1975.