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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

 -  Drama  -  2 October 1992 (USA)
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An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

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Times are tough in a Chicago real-estate office; the salesmen (Shelley Levene, Ricky Roma, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow) are given a strong incentive by Blake to succeed in a sales contest. The prizes? First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, second prize is a set of steak knives, third prize is the sack! There is no room for losers in this dramatically masculine world; only "closers" will get the good sales leads. There is a lot of pressure to succeed, so a robbery is committed which has unforeseen consequences for all the characters. Written by Patrick Dominick <ptd@ccadfa.cc.adfa.oz.au>

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The hardest thing in life is sell See more »

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2 October 1992 (USA)  »

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El precio de la ambición  »

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$12,500,000 (estimated)

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$10,725,228 (USA)
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Al Pacino had originally wanted to appear in the play on Broadway, but was doing another Mamet production, "American Buffalo", in London at the time. See more »

Goofs

While Shelley is recounting to Roma the latter part of his close of his $82,000 Nyborg sale, the office door is wide open, no lights are on in the office, and clearly nobody is moving around in the office. Then Shelley calls to Williamson for more leads. When the camera angle changes, the office door is closed and Williamson has to open the door to come out into the room to answer that "the leads are coming." See more »

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Ricky Roma: How are you?
George Aaronow: Fine. You mean the board? You mean, you mean on the board?
Ricky Roma: Yes, okay. The board.
George Aaronow: I'm fucked on the board. I can't... I can't... I can't... my mind must be in other places cause I can't uh...
Ricky Roma: What? You can't do what?
George Aaronow: I can't close them.
Ricky Roma: [on the leads George shows him] Are they old? Look, look, look, look at the shit they're giving you. Uh.
George Aaronow: Yes.
Ricky Roma: Uh.
George Aaronow: They're all old.
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Astonishing...
8 August 2003 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie my jaw was hanging down and my mouth wide open from start to finish. I was gripped.

This movie has no sex, no violence, no car chases, no action - but absolutely the most powerful acting I have ever seen. Uncompromisingly realistic.

Having said that, I can understand why so many people do NOT like it - you have to like dramas, and especially one centered so much around desparation and conflict, and NOT around action. It is adapted from the stage play, and I appreciate the way in which it was shot, retaining so much of the raw appeal that can only be felt at the theatre, as opposed to the cinema.

This movie is a veritable who's who of acting, with Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Jonathan Pryce - not to mention a then-relatively-unknwon Kevin Spacey.

If you can appreciate powerful acting, films based on dialogue with few scene changes, and can withstand an absolute barrage of foul language (which I must add is perfectly suited to this film), then this movie will blow you away.


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