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Death of a Salesman (1985)

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

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(as Volker Schlondorff)

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(teleplay), (play)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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Charley
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David S. Chandler ...
Bernard
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Howard Wagner
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Woman from Boston (as Kathy Rossetter)
Tom Signorelli ...
Stanley
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Karen Needle ...
Letta
Anne McIntosh ...
Jenny
Michael Quinlan ...
Waiter
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Storyline

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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Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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16 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dood van een handelsreiziger  »

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Trivia

In his autobiography "Timebends", Arthur Miller speculates that his unconscious mind picked the name "Loman" for Willy Loman, the protagonist of "Death of a Salesman", based on his conscious experience of being thrilled by Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933), which featured a character named "Commisioner Lohmann". See more »

Goofs

When Willy puts on his jacket in the Boston hotel room, his lapel is folded inside the jacket. Then after a shot of Biff, the next shot shows his jacket is not folded inside but is in its proper place, laying flat. See more »

Quotes

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.
[sobs]
Linda Loman: We're free.
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Connections

Version of Der Tod des Handlungsreisenden (1958) See more »

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Watch it for Hoffman & Malkovich!
14 November 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

'Death of a Salesman' is a well-made, well-told story, but above it's merits as a story, it's the performances by it's actors, Dustin Hoffman & John Malkovich, that stand out & shine the brightest.

'Death of a Salesman' Synopsis: An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it.

Based on the 1949 play of the same name by Arthur Miller, 'Death of a Salesman' succeeds by becoming an absorbing cinematic tale as well. It efficiently structures the story of an aged man, who is on the verge of killing himself. The Writing Material is engaging & very human, if I may say so. Volker Schlöndorff Directs this story, with maturity.

Hoffman & Malkovich, as mentioned before, stand out with their performances & shine the brightest, they overshadow the narrative, to a large extend. Hoffman is astonishing as an aging traveling salesman, while Malkovich is magnificent as his troubled son. They both deliver legendary, unforgettable performances, that deserve immense praise. Among other performers, Kate Reid does exceedingly well as the wife of the salesman.

On the whole, A story worth watching, with 2 impeccable performances coming in-tact with it.


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