An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it.

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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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Adapted from the 1984 Broadway production directed by Michael Rudman starring Dustin Hoffman. The original production had been staged in 1949 by Elia Kazan. See more »

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When Willy is playing cards with his neighbor, the cards he's holding change between shots. See more »

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Harold 'Happy' Loman: I'm gettin' married, Pop.
Linda Loman: [wearily] Go to sleep, dear.
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Some of the best acting you will ever see
13 December 1999 | by (Corvallis, OR) – See all my reviews

This is a truly outstanding perfomance of what may be the most important american play ever written. Hoffman and Malkovich seem to become the characters they play in what may be their greatest performances. This is an incredible drama that can be interpreted many ways... it's subtle and powerfull. Death of a salesman is about a man's realization that he isn't living the american dream he once thought he was. It's about self-deception. It's about trying to keep up with the Jones's. It's about pursuing your dreams, or regretting that you didn't. The plot is nothing special because it's simply a device that Mailer uses to explore these themes.


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