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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de la ambición  »

Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)


$10,725,228 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Mamet based his original play on his own time working in a real estate office in the 1970s. See more »


George's hand is on his chin when the camera is behind him during a conversation with Ricky, but when the angles are changed his arm is flat on the desk. See more »


Dave Moss: You got the memory of a fucking fly.
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Prelude to a Kiss
Performed by The Bill Holman Orchestra
Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Irving Gordon
Used by permission of Mills Music Inc.
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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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