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Death of a Salesman (1951)

An over-the-hill salesman faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family.

Director:

Laslo Benedek

Writers:

Arthur Miller (play), Stanley Roberts
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fredric March ... Willy Loman
Mildred Dunnock ... Linda Loman
Kevin McCarthy ... Biff Loman
Cameron Mitchell ... Happy Loman
Howard Smith ... Charley
Royal Beal Royal Beal ... Ben
Don Keefer ... Bernard
Jesse White ... Stanley
Claire Carleton ... Miss Francis
David Alpert David Alpert ... Howard Wagner
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An over-the-hill salesman faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family.

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One mistake...seen by his sons...unleashes...in the overwhelming power...the greatest drama of our day!

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Features Kevin McCarthy's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

Charley: A salesman is somebody way up there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine...
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A Greek tragedy is pretty heavy-going stuff from Arthur Miller...
25 December 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Arthur Miller justifiably received a lot of acclaim for his Broadway stage version of DEATH OF A SALESMAN and this film version starring FREDRIC MARCH as Willie Loman is a faithful transfer of that work.

March is outstanding in his portrayal of a bitterly confused man who can't fathom why his life went so wrong, and CAMERON MITCHELL and KEVIN McCARTHY do outstanding work as the sons who are disillusioned by their father's failure. But the most memorable performance, in my estimation, comes from MILDRED DUNNOCK, who would go on to play similarly bitter women in her future roles on screen. But here she is poignant in what has to be one of the best character roles she ever had.

Surprisingly, the film is little seen today, seldom revived and largely forgotten. BRIAN DENNEHY did have success in a recent Broadway version and DUSTIN Hoffman has performed the role on TV. But the Fredric March version deserves to be seen, however heavy-handed the material is.

It's an exhausting experience, a story of one man's failure in life's journey, but dramatically very effective and it still has a lot to say.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1952 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tod eines Handlungsreisenden See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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