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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

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Larry Spannel
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The real story behind the world of sales. This is a realistic portrayal of what it is to try making a life in high pressure sales with all its highs and lows; promises of fortunes and deliveries of dross. Red-leads and dead-leads are to blame for life's outcomes. Living with "Objection, Rebuttal, Close". Written by kgdm-400-333534

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Stock Brokers steal money, but it's not your fault, it's theirs See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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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$2,104,402 (USA) (4 October 1992)

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$10,725,228 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A few little known facts about the filming location, at 1515 Sheepshead Bay Road NY, the building is owned by Premiere Properties (an existing, real estate company based in New York), who had its main office on the second story there, but had been moved to another location in 1991. Its vacant main office was then used for filming in 1992 without removing the lettering on the building and on the office door as an agreement to lower the rent of that office for filming purposes, in exchange for visibility of the company name. Also, the China Bowl Restaurant (which really existed back in 1992), on the opposite side of the street, is now a Chinese food store. See more »

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When Levene tries to convince Williamson to go along with his plan to give him some of the Glengarry leads, the boom mic operator is reflected in the office window. See more »

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George Aaronow: Hello, Mrs. Delgary? Yes, you requested some information about Rio Rancho Properties...
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Blue Lou
Performed by The Joe Roccisano Orchestra
Featuring Lou Marini on Alto Saxophone
Written by Donald Fagen
Courtesy of Freejunket Music
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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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