Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)



Critic Consensus: 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
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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 (52) | Top Critics (8)

For anyone who loves sharp dialogue, compelling characters, and a stinging social rebuke, Glengarry Glen Ross is not to be missed.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Though the performances are satisfying in a projected way, they're nullified by an uninspired atmosphere around them. Despite the colorful and witty utterances of its characters, "Glengarry" feels artificial and rarefied.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross is one of the terrific exemples that a film, doesn't need expensive scenes with several settings, just a captivating and intelligent screenplay.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The story and dialogue paint a rich cast as a pack of wild dogs that have been desperately scavenging scraps to survive for so long that they've now mastered their individual approaches and will not hesitate to use anyone in order to stay in the game. It's one thing to simply give us the impression, but the writing here is so intelligent that we actually see their manipulative skill-set in one scene after another, armed only with words and knowledge of the human condition.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

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