Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Rating – [7.8/10]
Director: James Foley
Cast: Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and the A-Listers go on.
Synopsis: An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
Movies are a visual art-form, theater put on reel, but most often it is the dialogue and the acting put on display that etches a movie deep into our memories. Glengarry Glen Ross is one such movie which sails on the writing of the Pulitzer Prize winner, David Mamet.
The movie takes place over a time period of 24-hours, at a real estate office in New York. It all starts with an ‘inspirational’ speech by an aggressive salesman (Alec Baldwin) where he says that the winner of the monthly sales contest will win a car, the recipient of the second place will get a set of steak knives and the recipient of the third place, “Will be fired”. The rest of the movie is the reaction to the speech, which is filled with immense profanities.
Alec Baldwin’s performance and the speech he delivers is arguably his best performance on screen and sets the tone of the entire movie. Jack Lemmon and Alec Baldwin both were not nominated for the awards but Al Pacino was (not taking away anything from Pacino) but Jack Lemmon brought a different dimension to the story and without a single likable character in the movie, Lemmon’s performance is one to be sympathized with.
Although it wasn’t financially successful upon its release, Glengarry Glen Ross has grown in stature since its release and deservedly so. It perfectly demonstrates the power of a finely written script performed by a cast of incredibly talented actors. This movie is meant for just sitting back and enjoying the amount of talent that is on display.
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