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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 »
User Reviews:
Far from the American dream See more (47 total) »

Cast

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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
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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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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:
Continuity: 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:
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Far from the American dream, 24 July 2008

Willy Loman is a salesman, who gets no salary anymore and works with mere commission.He's 63 years old and he's tired of traveling around the country.His wife Linda understands him and loves him.His sons, Biff and Happy are visiting home.Willy has a troubled relationship with Biff.His son once loved and admired his father very much.It all changed when he found out about his father's crime, of committing adultery. Loman is losing his mind.He can be living two times at the same time.He steps from today's world into the past, mostly those joyful times of his life.He speaks with his now deceased brother Ben, who went to Africa and became a wealthy man.I read the original play by Arthur Miller that was published in 1949 pretty recently and liked it very much.Volker Schlöndorff's Death of a Salesman (1985) is a movie version of that.It was seen on Broadway a year earlier.All of the actors are remarkable.There's not one weak performance.Dustin Hoffman, what a perfect choice to play Willy Loman.He's always great but this time he really tops himself.Kate Reid gives a strong performance as Linda Loman.John Malkovich and Stephen Lang are great as the sons, also as the younger versions of them.Louis Zorich is really brilliant as Ben Loman.Charles Durning is excellent as Willy's neighbor and only friend Charley.And so is David S. Chandler as his son Bernard.Jon Polito gives a good performance as Willy's boss Howard.Linda Kozlowski is wonderful as Miss Forsythe.And so is Kathryn Rossetter as Woman from Boston.The strength of the play is in the characters.You care about many of them. you hope something good would happen to Willy, despite his flaws.The title of the play gives away the ending but it's intriguing to find out what events led to that.Death of a Salesman is a great American play and this a great movie made of that play.

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