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|Directed by||Danny Green|
|Produced by||Chris Bongirne|
|Written by||David Diamond
Danny Green (adaptation)
Bernard Malamud (novel)
|Music by||Leigh Gorman
|Editing by||Michael J. Duthie|
|Distributed by||Millennium Films|
|Running time||91 minutes|
The Tenants is a 2005 film drama starring Dylan McDermott and Snoop Dogg. Screened at only one theatre, the film received harsh criticism due to what some critics discerned as anachronistic depictions of the racial tension between the principal characters and a lack of multidimensionality. Consequently, the film was not screened further, being released on DVD directly after its ill-fated theatre release. It currently holds 32% at Rotten Tomatoes. The film is an adaptation of a novel of the same name that was published in 1971 by author Bernard Malamud.
The film is very loyal to its source material, depicting the labored and painstakingly slow efforts of main character—Jewish Harry Lesser—in drafting what is to be his third novel. Lesser is the remaining tenant of a dilapidated tenement. The landlord—for reasons not revealed—cannot or does not evict Lesser, though he periodically offers increasing amounts of money to entice Lesser to move. At some point Lesser becomes aware that another tenant—an Afro-American squatter named Willie Spearmint—has taken up residence in the tenement, and that this other tenant is also a writer who has determined to type his book at the tenement as well. The two eventually become acquainted and become embroiled in a deadly conflict over Spearmint's Jewish girlfriend, Irene.
On its opening weekend, the film amounted $2,010.