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Death of a Salesman (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 8 May 1966
An abridged award-winning television adaptation of a famous play about an aging travelling salesman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His job is gone, and his family hates him for never being there. He tries mending things with them.

Director:

Alex Segal

Writer:

Arthur Miller (play)
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stanley Adams ... Stanley
Edward Andrews ... Charley
Lee J. Cobb ... Willy Loman
Albert Dekker ... Ben
Mildred Dunnock ... Linda Loman
James Farentino ... Happy Loman
Marc Fiorini ... Stanley
June Foray ... Jenny
Bernie Kopell ... Howard
Joan Patrick ... Miss Forsythe
Marge Redmond ... Woman in Hotel
George Segal ... Biff Loman
Karen Steele ... Letta
Gene Wilder ... Bernard
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An abridged award-winning television adaptation of a famous play about an aging travelling salesman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His job is gone, and his family hates him for never being there. He tries mending things with them.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La muerte de un viajante See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography "Timebends", Arthur Miller said that Lee J. Cobb was his favorite Willy Loman. See more »

Connections

Version of En handelsreisendes død (1962) See more »

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Miller's classic, filmed as a play, deals with life's losers.
20 April 2002 | by fisherforrestSee all my reviews

Willy Loman never realises until the end that he is a loser. Although his son Biff knows he himself is a loser, his father won't accept this. Son, Hap, like his father doesn't know he is a loser, either. Miller seems obliquely to imply that society is to blame for Willy's sad life. Maybe so, surely society doesn't cut him much slack, especially as represented by the son of his long time firm, for which he has been a fairly successful salesman much of his life. Whatever one's opinion on this subject, the play certainly portrays very genuine emotions and problems as the aging Willy more and more loses contact with reality and harkens back to nodal points in his life, especially contacts with his successful brother Ben. Or is Ben just a figment of his imagination. We can only guess. At the final funeral scene, Hap's losing philosophy continues. Could he and Biff take Willy's $20,000 insurance award and make it as ranching partners out west? We'll never know; Hap is determined to "make it big" in the Big Apple. Fat chance!

A better cast would be hard to imagine and the stage setting is beautifully photographed. The "fantasy" scenes are smoothly integrated with bits of "movie magic" that emulate what would be accomplished in the theatre with tricks of lighting. Cuts from the complete play are minor. This was TV at its best.


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