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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ricky Roma
... Shelley Levene
... Blake
... George Aaronow
... Dave Moss
... John Williamson
... James Lingk
... Larry Spannel
... Detective
Paul Butler ... Policeman
... Coat Check Girl
... Man in Donut Shop
Barry Rohrssen ... Assistant Detective (as Barry Rossen)
Leigh French ... Additional Voices (voice)
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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,104,402, 4 October 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,725,228
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David Mamet's screenplay considerably expanded his script for the play, providing more context for the pressure placed on the salesmen. Notably, Alec Baldwin's introductory speech was added as well as Jack Lemmon's phone calls to clients and the hospital, plus his sales call to the man with the fishing rod. Many consider the screenplay to be superior to the text for his Pultizer-winning stage play. The film version is often transcribed to stage now. See more »

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As Blake points out the months First and Second prizes he mentions that First prize is a Cadillac, nodding towards the board over his right shoulder. He then asks if they 'wanna know what seconds prize is? A set of steak knives..' - when the steak knives can be clearly seen on the board below the Cadillac. See more »

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Ricky Roma: All train compartments smell vaguely of shit. It gets so you don't mind it. That's the worst thing that I can confess. You know how long it took me to get there? A long time. When you die you're going to regret the things you don't do. You think you're queer? I'm going to tell you something: we're all queer. You think you're a thief? So what? You get befuddled by a middle-class morality? Get shut of it. Shut it out. You cheat on your wife? You did it, live with it. You fuck little girls, so be ...
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Blue Skies
Performed by Al Jarreau
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Courtesy of Irving Berlin Music Company
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As a former salesman, this is the most realistic movie ever
26 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

I've read the comments about the amount of profanity in this movie..if you've ever worked in a less than ethical sale office, you'll know the language is very real...having worked a few years in telemarketing selling everything from wireless cable licenses to vitamins and ad specs, I can tell you, the dialog is very real.

This is my favorite movie of all time...sure, it's not flashy, upbeat or effect-laden, but it's so realistic that the first time I saw it, I got goosebumps...

Every character in the movie is one that I recognized from my office experiences...the mega-closer mouth piece (Baldwin), the complainers who always complained about the leads (Lemon and Arkin), the office manager who'd never actually sold anything before but had a little rub (Spacey), the hotshot salesman (Pacino)... it was just so real...anyone who's ever worked in a brokerage can tell you about the amounts of profanity in the sales profession...especially high pressure sales...

Ben Affleck's performance in "Boiler Room" has shades of Baldwin's performance in this movie...not a bad thing, just an observation. Baldwin's best acting is this 5 minute scene and his "I am God" speech in "Malice".

Amazing acting all around, tight realistic dialog (first time I saw this, I could almost say the words before they were spoken) Highly recommended! 10


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