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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

R | | 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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$12,500,000 (estimated)

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$10,725,228 (USA)
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Alec Baldwin, was initially hired to play Blake (a role which wasn't in the original play), but with the agreement that if Al Pacino was unable to play Roma, Baldwin would play him. Early in preproduction it looked as if Pacino was going to be unavailable, so Baldwin began working on Roma, only for Pacino to join the project and Baldwin went back to Blake. See more »

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Although the play was set in Chicago and the movie in New York, references are made in the movie to places around or near Chicago. Levene refers to the meeting in Kenilworth which is a suburb of Chicago. Levene also mentions fishing for muskie in Wisconsin. Moss gets angry and says that he is "Going to Wisconsin." Characters in New York wouldn't reference such places. See more »

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Williamson: How do you know I made it up?
Shelley Levene: Say what?
Williamson: How do you know I made it up?
Shelley Levene: Wha... what are you talking about?
Williamson: I told the customer his contract went to the bank.
Shelley Levene: It didn't?
Williamson: No, it didn't.
Shelley Levene: Don't fuck with me... Don't fuck with me! What are you saying?
Williamson: Well, I'm saying this Shell; usually I take the contracts to the bank. Last night I didn't. Last night I stayed home with my kids. One night in a year I left the contracts sitting on my desk, no one knew that but you. How did you know that? Do you wanna ...
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One of the best films of its kind
28 April 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I love movies like this. Theatre-styled motion pictures driven by dialog versus action. Get a few guys together in a room, watch them talk -- I have a soft spot for this stuff. I have ever since I can remember. Some of my favorite films are character-driven ones: "The Hustler," "The Big Kahuna," "Midnight Run," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles." At first glance this list seems skeptical -- but basically all these films follow the same central theme: clever dialog, character interaction and evolution, and depth.

"Glengarry Glen Ross" is one of the best of the genre. Scripted by David Mamet, the dialog never hits and weak patches -- it is realistic, extremely fun to listen to, and the actors all deliver flawless performances.

Al Pacino finally finds the perfect role to let himself vent (as he started to do in "Scent of a Woman" the same year, and won an Oscar for -- he deserved it more for this). Pacino has some great one-liners and quips, but he never seems too broad to find believable.

Jack Lemmon is similarly impressive, in what he called one of his favorite films of his entire career. Lemmon abandoned his comedic roots for this drama and it paid off -- he's not only an excellent funnyman, but a great actor.

Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, and Alec Baldwin fill out the rest of the cast and all do very well; especially Baldwin in a brief cameo. I've never had much consideration for Baldwin as an actor, but his five minutes' worth of screen time here reminded me that when he's good, he really IS good! Overall "Glengarry Glen Ross" is not only one of my favorite films of the genre but also a solid movie by any means. If you aren't bored by movies in which people talk instead of running around defusing bombs, you'll probably really get a kick out of this.


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