Glengarry Glen Ross


Glengarry Glen Ross

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This adaptation of David Mamet's play is every bit as compelling and witty as its source material, thanks in large part to a clever script and a bevy of powerhouse actors.



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David Mamet's award-winning play about a group of desperate real estate agents comes to the big screen from director James Foley. In a role created specifically for the movie, Alec Baldwin appears as a sales motivator, informing the group of hard-luck salesmen that they must compete in a sales contest where the losers will be fired. The agents work their same tired leads, until one hatches a scheme to burglarize the office, steal the leads, and sell them to a rival. Featuring a cast that includes Al Pacino as the office's sales leader, Jack Lemmon as an elderly loser, Alan Arkin and Ed Harris as frustrated salesmen, Kevin Spacey as the harassed office manager, and Jonathan Pryce as a client, Glengarry Glen Ross is, at its core, a character study about a group of men whose time has passed. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Al Pacino
as Ricky Roma
Jack Lemmon
as Shelley Levine
Ed Harris
as Dave Moss
Alan Arkin
as George Aaronow
Kevin Spacey
as John Williamson
Jonathan Pryce
as James Lingk
Bruce Altman
as Spannel
Jude Ciccolella
as Detective
Paul Butler
as Policeman
Lori Tan Chinn
as Coat Check Girl
Neal Jones
as Man in Donut Shop
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Critic Reviews for Glengarry Glen Ross

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (3)

  • While the dark view of human nature and brutal dialogue might keep faint hearts from the film, the cast manages to individualize and humanize the pugilistic wordplay so that its expressiveness never veers into offensiveness.

    Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For anyone who loves sharp dialogue, compelling characters, and a stinging social rebuke, Glengarry Glen Ross is not to be missed.

    Jun 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Mamet reveals his exceptional talent for writing almost poetic working-class vernacular, scores his major implicit thematic thrusts against the nature of the way business-at-large is conducted.

    Jun 9, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • David Mamet's play about the wheelings and dealings of real-estate salesmen gets dedicated playing from a splendid cast, but gains nothing by the transfer from stage to screen.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Foley is as adept at managing this intensely psychodramatic material as he is handling an ensemble cast with the combined power of a runaway locomotive.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • You can see the joy with which these actors get their teeth into these great lines, after living through movies in which flat dialogue serves only to advance the story.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Oct 01, 2015
    Glengarry Glen Ross is the type of movie where if you enjoy it once then you will enjoy watching it again. Why? It has excellent dialogue and acting, which do not get used up in one viewing (vs. special effects or plot twists). Jack Lemmon gives a stand-out performance, great characterization and reactions. This is a film you will want to view since it may become one of your all-time favorites.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2015
    I would've appreciated it more if I saw it as a play instead of as a film. Still, the actors were all superb especially Al Pacino.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2015
    Falls on the better end of stage-to-film adaptations, because it's expansion of and changes to the source material all feel appropriate (The addition of the Baldwin character was a great idea). It's interesting to see a film from the 90s where Pacino isn't giving the most showy performance.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2014
    I was talking to a savvy old tech salesman on a rainy day in a Central Florida alcohol rehab when the conversation veered (as it always does with me) to film and this was the one that energized the life into him. He quoted the dialogue as if it were Bible. I had only heard of it years ago ... The cinematic equivalent of Baseball's All Star game, big stars lean big-time into the pitches thrown them in David Mamet's introspective look at the possible underbelly of "nice guy" sales people. Everybody gets a hit, a big play, and a grand time is had by all in this afternoon's entertainment vehicle very worthy of re-watching. Always Be Closing.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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