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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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James Foley

Writers:

David Mamet (based on the play by), David Mamet (screenplay by)
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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:
Al Pacino ... Ricky Roma
Jack Lemmon ... Shelley Levene
Alec Baldwin ... Blake
Alan Arkin ... George Aaronow
Ed Harris ... Dave Moss
Kevin Spacey ... John Williamson
Jonathan Pryce ... James Lingk
Bruce Altman ... Mr. Spannel
Jude Ciccolella ... Detective
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Policeman
Lori Tan Chinn ... Coat Check Girl
Neal Jones ... Man in Donut Shop
Barry Rohrssen ... Assistant Detective (as Barry Rossen)
Leigh French ... Additional Voice (voice)
George Cheung ... Additional Voice (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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Lie. Cheat. Steal. All in a day's work. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During filming, members of the cast who weren't required to be on the set certain days would show up anyway to watch the other actors' performances. See more »

Goofs

The neon sign on the restaurant across from the office has 4 or 5 of its letters on each line not operating. In the scene where Aaronow and Moss are in a car across from the restaurant, all of the letters on the sign are illuminated, as can be seen out the window of the car behind Moss. When they get out of the car, the letters are, again, not working. See more »

Quotes

Williamson: We had a slight burglary last night.
Ricky Roma: It's nothing. I was just assuring Mr. Lingk...
Williamson: Lingk? James Lingk? Your contract went out. Nothing to worry about.
Ricky Roma: John, John...
Williamson: Your contract went out to the bank.
James Lingk: You cashed my check?
Williamson: We...
Ricky Roma: Mr. Williamson?
Williamson: The check was cashed, the contract was filed and deposited in the bank and we're completely insured in any case, as you know.
James Lingk: [to Roma] You cashed the check?
[...]
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Martin Short/Paul McCartney (2012) See more »

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Prelude To A Kiss
Performed by The Willis Holman Orchestra (as The Bill Holman Orchestra)
Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Irving Gordon
Used by permission of Mills Music, Inc.
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The film that helped me discover the joy that is David Mamet...
26 April 2000 | by keihanSee all my reviews

I went into "Glengarry Glen Ross" totally blind. I had no idea who David Mamet was really (other than the fact that he was a writer), never saw any of his plays, or realized that he'd been in business for a while (through some backtracking, I found out that he was the writer behind the film version of "The Untouchables", one of the best films of the 80's). All that changed after I saw this brilliant, BRILLIANT film. It amazes me how all the big names in this film (and there are plenty, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, and Alec Baldwin) were pulled together for this two-act movie play about a salesman's life. It's all very dialogue heavy throughout, only about three or four different locations (the primary action all taking place in the office) and yet I was never bored for a second. Counting up all the "F*** You!"s in this film has convinced me that the tongue stings in ways a torture specialist can only imagine. The dialogue is clever, vicious, and occasionally even a little funny (particularly when Pacino is in action; intentional or not, he can be a VERY funny guy). The plotting doesn't show all it's cards straight away, as there are one or two suprises that ultimately catch the viewer off-guard.

Now as to the cast, what to say that hasn't been said? Hmmm...nothing really, I suppose. Watching Lemmon's desperation, Harris' anger, Pacino's laid-back cool, Spacey's authoritarian chutzpah, and Baldwin's icy dissection of his employees is astounishing to behold. Lesser actors would have made the results much less memorable and/or believable. These guys make it unforgettable. Two decades from now on, when all the hooplas of the 90's "hits" dies down, people will rediscover what I already know: "Glengarry Glen Ross" is one for the ages.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,104,402, 4 October 1992

Gross USA:

$10,725,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,725,228
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2.35 : 1
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