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Writers:
Arthur Miller (teleplay)
Arthur Miller (play)
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Release Date:
16 August 1985 (USA) See more »
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Its passion cannot be overstated. Its power must not be overlooked.
Plot:
An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Depressive and Tragic Theatrical Movie With Awesome Performances See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Willy Loman

Kate Reid ... Linda Loman

John Malkovich ... Biff

Stephen Lang ... Happy

Charles Durning ... Charley

Louis Zorich ... Ben
David S. Chandler ... Bernard

Jon Polito ... Howard

Kathryn Rossetter ... Woman from Boston (as Kathy Rossetter)
Tom Signorelli ... Stanley

Linda Kozlowski ... Miss Forsythe
Karen Needle ... Letta
Anne McIntosh ... Jenny
Michael Quinlan ... Waiter

Directed by
Volker Schlöndorff  (as Volker Schlondorff)
 
Writing credits
Arthur Miller (teleplay)

Arthur Miller (play)

Produced by
Robert F. Colesberry .... producer
Michael Nozik .... associate producer
Nellie Nugiel .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
 
Film Editing by
Mark Burns 
David Ray 
 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Art Direction by
John Kasarda 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert J. Franco 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Ann Belsky .... makeup designer: Dustin Hoffman
Alan D'Angerio .... hair designer
Victor DeNicola .... hair stylist (as Victor De Nicola Jr.)
Robert Laden .... makeup artist: Dustin Hoffman (as Bob Laden)
Rita Ogden .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Nozik .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann Egbert .... second assistant director (as Ann B. Egbert)
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Tomaz Remec .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master (as Tom Allen)
Charles Cecil .... set builder
Ann Edgeworth .... inside property assistant (as Ann L. Edgeworth)
W. Steven Graham .... assistant art director
Stephen J. Lineweaver .... head set dresser
Anamarie Michnevich .... set dresser
Joseph Petruccio Sr. .... construction coordinator
Richard A. Ventre .... master scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Harriet Fidlow .... sound editor: Hastings Sound Editorial, Inc.
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
David Grossack .... sound apprentice: Hastings Sound Editorial, Inc.
Danny Michael .... production sound mixer
Abe Nejad .... assistant sound editor: Hastings Sound Editorial, Inc.
Brenda Ray .... additional boom operator
Dan Sable .... sound editor: Hastings Sound Editorial, Inc.
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor: Hastings Sound Editorial, Inc.
Elizabeth Schwartz .... assistant sound editor: Hastings Sound Editorial, Inc.
Jess Soraci .... sound editor: Hastings Sound Editorial, Inc.
Marc-Jon Sullivan .... boom operator (as Marc Jon Sullivan)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... second assistant camera
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip
Stefan Czapsky .... electric supervisor
Stefan Czapsky .... grip
James Donahue .... electrician
David M. Dunlap .... focus puller
Anthony Dunne .... grip
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Michael Levine .... camera operator
Dennis J. Lootens .... grip
Charlie Marroquin .... grip
Michael Papadapolous .... electrician (as Michael Papadopoulos)
Susan Starr .... second assistant camera
Allen Stillman .... grip
Michael Trim .... best boy
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Todd Thaler .... extras casting (as Todd Michael Thaler)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Taylor Kincaid Cheek .... wardrobe supervisor
Sharon Lynch .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Jon Neuburger .... assistant editor (as Jon Neuberger)
Judy Silberstein .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... assistant music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... music mixer: Record Plant Scoring
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Thomas Reilly .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Judith Lyn Brown .... assistant: producer
Joe Caroff .... title designer
Terry Fred Cassidy .... production assistant
Susan Gammie .... assistant: Ms. Morley
Shelley Houis .... production office coordinator
Anna Graham Hunter .... intern
Mary A. Kelly .... continuity
Thomas A. Kelly .... technical staging consultant
Robert Mullis .... assistant: Ms. Reid
Nellie Nugiel .... production accountant
Franke Piazza .... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
Dale Pierce-Johnson .... office assistant
Sharret Rose .... assistant production accountant
Michael Rudman .... stager: Broadway production
David Sardi .... production assistant
Noel Tirsch .... intern
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... picture apprentice
Gilbert S. Williams .... production assistant: studio (as Gilbert Williams)
Laura Zaccaro .... intern
Robert Whitehead .... producer: original stage production (uncredited)
 
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Trivia:
In the earliest version of the play, Arthur Miller wrote that Willy Loman was insulted when he overheard someone call him a "shrimp" but changed it to "walrus" when the bulky Lee J. Cobb was cast in the role in the Broadway premiere in 1947. When Dustin Hoffman took the part in the revival, Miller changed the script to include the original line.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Biff and Linda argue in the kitchen, Linda grabs an empty glass and places it under the tap, when she turns the tap on no water comes out but when she picks the glass up, it is full of water.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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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Depressive and Tragic Theatrical Movie With Awesome Performances, 11 October 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On the age of sixty and something years, the salesman Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman) realizes that he is a loser and his empty life was a worthless fraud. The disturbed and deranged Willy becomes delusional, mixing fantasy and reality, and disclosing secrets of his family.

"Death of the Salesman" is a very depressive and tragic theatrical movie with awesome performances, mainly of Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid and John Malkovitch. I have never read Arthur Miller's novel or seen the movie or the play; therefore I did not expect such a sad story with so complex characters. The story, in the 40's, shows the evil face of the capitalism (and the American Dream), and the character of Dustin Hoffman becomes insane when he sees that he is a loser and his life a complete failure: he is paying the last installment of his old house after thirty years of sacrifice; his sons have not been successful in life; his old car is broken; his old refrigerator needs repair; he does not have any money after more than thirty years working for the same company and in the end he is treated like a street dog and fired. For a viewer that does not know this drama (like me), I recommend to see this movie in a happy day, otherwise he or she may become too much depressed with such heart-breaking story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Morte do Caixeiro-Viajante" ("Death of the Salesman")

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