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Glengarry Glen Ross (29-Sep-1992)

Director: James Foley

Writer: David Mamet

From a play: Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

Music by: James Newton Howard

Producers: Jerry Tokofsky; Stanley R. Zupnik

Keywords: Drama, Business

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alan Arkin
Actor
26-Mar-1934   Catch 22
Alec Baldwin
Actor
3-Apr-1958   A Baldwin Brother
Ed Harris
Actor
28-Nov-1950   The Rock
Jack Lemmon
Actor
8-Feb-1925 27-Jun-2001 The Odd Couple
Al Pacino
Actor
25-Apr-1940   Michael Corleone in The Godfather
Julie Payne
Actor
11-Sep-1946   Improv and voice actress
Jonathan Pryce
Actor
1-Jun-1947   Sam Lowry in Brazil
Kevin Spacey
Actor
26-Jul-1959   The Usual Suspects

CAST

Al Pacino   ...   Ricky Roma
Jack Lemmon   ...   Shelley Levene
Alec Baldwin   ...   Blake
Ed Harris   ...   Dave Moss
Alan Arkin   ...   George Aaronow
Kevin Spacey   ...   John Williamson
Jonathan Pryce   ...   James Lingk
Bruce Altman   ...   Mr. Spannel
Jude Ciccolella   ...   Detective
Paul Butler   ...   Policeman
Lori Tan Chinn   ...   Coat Check Girl
Neal Jones   ...   Man in Donut Shop
Barry Rossen   ...   Assistant Detective
Additional Voices
Leigh French   ...   Additional Voices
George Cheung   ...   Additional Voices
Murphy Dunne   ...   Additional Voices
Dana Lee   ...   Additional Voices
Julie Payne   ...   Additional Voices
Greg Snegoff   ...   Additional Voices

REVIEWS

Review by neil kantor (posted on 17-Jul-2007)

An excellent portrayal of commission based cutthrought sales people, in a lonley and often cruel world. Having spent a brief time in real estate sales, the insight and insecurities portrayed by its author and performers were outstanding. The film quite effectively captures the desperation and failures of "down on their luck" door to door salesmen with convincing dialogue and depressing backdrops. The humanizing features of attempting to maintain one's confidence, while refusing to recognize the glaring faults of one's own life, is the genius of the film, in my opinion.


Review by Mark J. Shallow (posted on 17-Dec-2008)

This film is a timeless portrait of how the destructive competitiveness in our world effectively undermines a man's decency and desire to be of real use to his fellows. Mamet's scorching story of real estate salesmen caught in the web of a merciless life crackles with intensity. This is a story of victims, one and all, and even though the characters do and say very unlikeable things, it is nearly impossible to keep from empathizing with their plight. Al Pacino has captured the essence of Roma's unscrupulous take on life, even when giving the impression that he is a friend to the hapless Lingk. Alan Arkin's portrayal of a man in serious self-doubt is, at times, almost unbearble to watch, and Ed Harris as the frustrated and rebellious Moss shows us a glimpse of our own burning desire to take back our humanity from those whom we have unwittingly given it to. Kevin Spacey as the quintessential "company man" is perhaps the darkest character in the film, more so than the oily Alec Baldwin, who is almost a comic book cutout of a diabolical motivator. (It should be noted that this particular character doesn't appear in Mamet's original play). The late Jack Lemmon as Sheldon Levine, the film's most tragic victim, shows us plainly what kept him at the top of the Hollywood "A List" for so long. The dialogue is harsh and brutal, but given the milieu in which these men must attempt to eke out a living, anything less would ring false.


Review by anonymous (posted on 27-Aug-2006)

One of the best movies I have ever seen that did not have any sexual scenes. It dipicts the lives of land salesmen who have to deal with usual trials and tribulations which face all people. However, we usually think that these characters are not much higher on the food chain than used car salesmen or politicians. They are also shown dealing with each other, their bosses and a bit of quick thinking on their feet with clients. I gave it four stars even though the language should have been cleaned up. I am not a prude but the cursing seened to be a bit overdone and did not serve a purpose. Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon were their usual great selves and were suberbly supported by Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Ed Harris.


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