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 »


Linda Loman: [to Willy's grave] Willy, dear, I can't cry. Why did you do it? I search and search and I search, and I can't understand it, Willy. I made the last payment on the house today. Today, dear. And there'll be nobody home.
[a sob rises in her throat]
Linda Loman: We're free and clear.
Linda Loman: We're free.
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One can empathize
17 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Superb portrayal of tragic characters. One can sense the futility, frustration, and disappointment of Loman. As we age and our faculties deteriorate along with unrealized dreams, it is easy to grasp for hope even where none exists and transfer our aspirations to the next generation only to have them carry your faults and failings in addition to their own. Profoundly sad but unfortunately that is the reality for countless billions of the human race. 8/10.

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