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Slick real-estate salesmen fight for survival and hot leads in David Mamet's adaptation of his play. Directed by James Foley.
Befitting the film's subject matter, the bonus features on the 10th-anniversary special-edition DVD of Glengarry Glen Ross provide an even balance of topical and behind-the-scenes exploration. James Foley's commentary, like his acclaimed adaptation of David Mamet's play, is concise, articulate, and richly observant on the topics of theme, direction, and rehearsal. The same is true of shorter commentaries by Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchia, and production designer Jane Musky--all are intelligent and generous in sharing their artistic approach to Mamet's rich material. The interview documentary "Always Be Closing" attempts, with adequate success, to draw parallels between the revealing anecdotes of real-life salesmen and a survey of salesmen in drama, from Death of a Salesman to Tin Men and beyond. Pennsylvania filmmaker Tony Buba's short documentary "J. Roy: New and Used Furniture" is a quirky but welcomed inclusion, with its vintage portrait of a small-time entrepreneur. The "Tribute to Jack Lemmon" is touching, funny, and deeply affectionate (Peter Gallagher's anecdotes are particularly amusing; Chris Lemmon's are appropriately moving). Lemmon himself is included in a 1998 excerpt from Inside the Actor's Studio and a Charlie Rose interview. All of these features are well conceived and sharply organized; David Mamet's predictable absence is this DVD's only minor drawback. --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.76 Ounces
- Item model number : 13286
- Director : James Foley
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Live, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : November 19, 2002
- Actors : Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Jerry Tokofsky, Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Karen L. Oliver, Morris Ruskin, Nava Levin
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B00005JKG9
- Writers : David Mamet
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As much as I worship at the Altar of Al, Jack Lemmon stole this movie with his portrayal of "The Machine" Levine, an alternately insufferable arrogant ass and broken man with a sick daughter he can't take care of.
I have no patience for those who clutch their pearls and talk about "the cursing". Yes, this movie was jokingly referred to as "Death of a F---g Salesman" by the cast, but the dialogue is almost musical and poetic as well as jarring. Mamet has a rhythm and cadence all his own, and in the mouths of these class A thespians, it's a symphony of fire and music. (With apologies to Glass Menagerie).
Please see this film. It's one of the best. I wouldn't change a semi-colon.
The tone of the film is set when Blake is introduced. He cusses out the salesman, brags about how much money he has and how many expensive material possessions he owns. He rubs his wealth in their faces not to say that they can be like him but rather the opposite that they will never have what he has. It’s not a motivational speech but rather a death sentence,
The salesmen respond by complaining and whining but then they hit the phones. That shows their techniques which is to lie and cajole people into buying real estate from them. They do spam calls before the term was invented.
The movie explores how the system is failing these salesmen. One offers to bribe his boss to get good leads to increase his sales. Another thinks about stealing them. They come up with these ideas because they know they can’t win. That’s the message of the movie that capitalism is often not full of the wealth and opportunity that it promises.
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high-profile actors to play out this dog at dog office drama.
'Premier Property Agency' sells real-estate 'Blake' (Alec Baldwin) is given the task of throwing down the gauntlet to the
four salesmen in the office, the salesman that sells the most real estate will get to keep their job, the lowest gets fired.
This puts 'Shelley' (Jack Lemmon) the eldest and past his sell-by date, 'Ricky' (Al Pacino) a fast-talking operator, 'Dave'
(Ed Harris) the guy with all the 'mouth in the office and 'George' (Alan Arkin) a timid and unassuming character, at odds
with each other.
'Blake' during his speech had shown them a box containing several plum leads that he would be taking up leaving the
four with warn-out leads that have been tried and failed before.
Office manager 'John Williamson' (Kevin Spacey) who has a obvious ruthless streak seems to be holding all the aces as
it is he who hands out the possible leads.
The pressure the four have been put under will put them at odds with each other, they will do anything to top the leader
-board, lie, bribe, threaten and even steal to keep their job.
The film brings out the best in actors such as veteran 'Jack Lemmon' and indeed 'Ed Harris' and 'Kevin Spacey'
(The latter of course has been the key-player in the successful U.S version of 'House Of Cards' series)
An Office of Discontent........well worth a viewing
The picture quality on this format is good as is the sound quality.
(The film was recommended to me by fellow reviewer 'dealey')
The only additional Feature on-board - The Theatrical Trailer
Right off the bat this film has an unbelievable cast. Jack Lemmon is superb as the desperate sales veteran, struggling to keep up the pace. His sleazy sales calls are cringeworthy and despreately depressing. Al Pacino plays Ricky Roma, and some of his lines of dialogue have to be heard to be believed. They are nonsensical and incredibly funny at times, and although he does overact, to me it reminds me a little of Scarface (extremely comedic but in a very serious context). Ed Harris swears like a trooper, and is the guy that more of us will relate to - stuck in a job that he doesn't enjoy, with no real enthusiasm and a list of complaints as long as his arm. Alan Arkin is a bit of a sheep, who seems to get on with everyone but is basically the quiet guy who listens to the problems of the others. Kevin Spacey is one of my favourite actors, and he is also great in this. His exchanges with Pacino are legendary. Last, but not least, Alec Baldwin's 8 minute appearance is a real highlight, that will make you sit up and take attention from the off. I have watched that scene more times than I care to mention, and it has never lost its edge or its appeal.
Now for the film itself. Most people will probably already know the basic plot line, and having worked in the sales industry myself it gives a really pertinent message for me. The pressure to sell, no matter how morally bleak and devious, while not on par with my own work, is nonetheless something that is pushed very strongly in the sales industry. The reference to disinterested clients as 'deadbeats' is a term I have taken to using at work! Though this has not yet caught on, unfortunately.
There is an enormous amount of profanity in this film, so if you are aurally sensitive I would say you'd have to give this a miss. However, the quality of the acting alone is more than enough to redeem this, and in many cases the swearing is necessary and extremely impactful. Some of the most crushing comments are made by Baldwin, with no swearing necessary!
When confidential papers go missing there is no shortage of suspects as every one needed Money and a new job with a competitor.
Jack Lemmon delivers an incredible performance as Sheldon Levene, whose best days are long gone and who has to struggle with a hospitalized daughter as well as surviving at Work. Kevin Spacey is excellent as the nasty office manager and Alec Baldwin as the hot shot from head office is great though he is only on for one scene. Last but not least Al Pacino is excellent as Roma, the leader of the pack whose future looks secure.
This film can be viewed in two ways: as a metaphor for the American Dream gone insane - which culminated many years after the film was made in the US banks having to be bailed out by the tax payer - the ultimate negation of everything free market capitalism is supposed to represent -
OR - a fantastic master class in ensemble acting with a peerless cast: Jack Lemon, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey (just before 'Seven' rocketed him to stardom) and Jonathan Pryce who was at the time appearing every night on Broadway in 'Les Miserables' and had to get a taxi every day back to the theatre at 4.00pm!
Should have won an Oscar!