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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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Letta
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Jenny
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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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Der Tod eines Handlungsreisenden  »

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According to director Schlondorff: "The Lomans could have been my family. They were very Central European... It is poignant. That is enough... It's Greek tragedy, not a Christian tale of guilt and retribution." See more »

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When Willy is found in the bathroom by Stanley, he has a glass of scotch sitting on the toilet in one shot and not in any other one. 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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Hoffman as Loman does it again
5 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This TV adaptation of Arthur Miller's most successful play benefits from the serious playing of Dustin Hoffman in the lead as failing salesman Willy Loman. Miller's play takes the plight of the common man within the confines of the 'American dream' and then kicks him down.

Loman's sons are played by John Malkovich (Biff, memorable) and Stephen Lang (Happy, irritating); while his wife is played with tact and resignation by Kate Reid.

The stagey feel of this production comes across in every scene (the famous ones especially with Howard, Loman's boss; and Bernard, the successful son of Loman's colleague; and the final scenes with Linda) although they are handled very well. It would be a temptation to dismiss Willy Loman as loopy and in the throes of a breakdown and to ignore everything he says, but his words strike a chord and stay with you. 'Death of a Salesman' still has something to say to us, and a warning to give, even six decades after it was written.


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