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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 »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Hoffman as Loman does it again 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
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
 
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Willy comes out of his flashback in the bathroom of Frank's Chop House, the close up shot shows a drink on the toilet seat. When the shot shifts behind the entering waiter, the drink is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Biff Loman:I run out of that building and I see... the sky. I see all the things I love in this world. The work, the food, the time to sit and smoke. And I look at this pen and I ask myself, "What the hell am I grabbing this thing for? Why am I trying to become something I don't wanna become when all I want is out there waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am?"See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Hoffman as Loman does it again, 5 December 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

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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