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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as Ricky Roma
as Shelley Levine
as Dave Moss
as George Aaronow
as John Williamson
as James Lingk
as Coat Check Girl
as Man in Donut Shop
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Critic Reviews for Glengarry Glen Ross
For anyone who loves sharp dialogue, compelling characters, and a stinging social rebuke, Glengarry Glen Ross is not to be missed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Blake:||Put that coffee down!! Coffee's for closers only.|
|Ricky Roma:||When you die, you're gonna regret the things that you don't do.|
|Ricky Roma:||Hey, let me buy you a pack of gum. I'll show you how to chew it."|
|Ricky Roma:||Hey, let me buy you a pack of gum. I'll show you how to chew it.|
|Blake:||A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention - Do I have you attention? Interest - Are you interested? I know you are, because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision - Have you made your decision for Christ? And Action.|