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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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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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16 August 1985 (USA)  »

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It took three and a half hours for makeup artists to transform Dustin Hoffman, then in his forties, into Willy, who is described in the stage directions as "over sixty". 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

Biff Loman: [to his father] Will you let me go, for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?
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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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