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Death of a Salesman (1951)

Willy Loman is an over-the-hill salesman who faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family: Willy's long-suffering wife Linda, and Biff and Happy, his troubled sons and his life.

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Willy Loman is an over-the-hill salesman who faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family: Willy's long-suffering wife Linda, and Biff and Happy, his troubled sons and his life.

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One mistake...seen by his sons...unleashes...in the overwhelming power...the greatest drama of our day!

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9 May 1952 (Finland)  »

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Ironically, March turned down the role in the stage production of the Arthur Miller play. See more »

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Charley: A salesman is somebody way up there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine...
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A Long Lost Gem
4 October 2000 | by (West Hartford, Connecticut) – See all my reviews

This all but lost 1951 version of Arthur Miller's American masterpiece was nominated for several prestigious Academy Awards in 1952, including Best Picture. That it has never been officially released on video is a shame, for, quite simply, Fredric March's go around as Willy Loman is a absolute treasure. The supporting cast are uniformly excellent; the mood and tone are consistently melancholy; the sets are spare, even stagy; and, most important, the pace is as brisk as this play will allow. Please search out this one out on TV-- you will not be disappointed.


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