Death of a Salesman (1985)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama  |  16 August 1985 (USA)
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An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it.


(as Volker Schlondorff)


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Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Its passion cannot be overstated. Its power must not be overlooked.




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Der Tod eines Handlungsreisenden  »

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Dustin Hoffman called this his favorite acting experience. See more »


When Willy is talking to himself, drinking milk, the level of milk changes in his glass before he takes a drink. See more »


Biff Loman: I run out of that building and I see... the sky. I see all the things I love in this world. The work, the food, the time to sit and smoke. And I look at this pen and I ask myself, "What the hell am I grabbing this thing for? Why am I trying to become something I don't wanna become when all I want is out there waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am?"
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Riveting!!! Must see event
7 January 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Arthur Miller's compelling work is deftly translated to the small screen here, with riveting performances by Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman, Kate Reid as Willy's wife Linda, and John Malkovich as the prodigal son Biff. This work touches my soul on several levels: sympathy for the fallen man Willy, understanding of the difficulty of both hating your father and wanting him to be proud of you as Biff shows, and the ever-protective enabler Linda, who defends Willy even as she sees him failing before her eyes. Miller took a simple American family struggling to make life work, and made each character in their own way extraordinary.

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