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Glengarry Glen Ross (Widescreen) [Import]

Al Pacino , Jack Lemmon , James Foley    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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Like moths to a flame, great actors gravitate to the singular genius of playwright-screenwriter David Mamet, who updated his Pulitzer Prize-winning play for this all-star screen adaptation. The material is not inherently cinematic, so the movie's greatest asset is Mamet's peerless dialogue and the assembly of a once-in-a-lifetime cast led by Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Alec Baldwin (the last in a role Mamet created especially for the film). Often regarded as a critique of the Reagan administration's impact on the American economy, the play and film focus on a competitive group of real estate salesmen who've gone from feast to famine in a market gone cold. When an executive "motivator" (Alec Baldwin) demands a sales contest among the agents in the cramped office, the stakes are critically high: any agent who fails to meet his quota of sales "leads" (i.e., potential buyers) will lose his job. This intense ultimatum is a boon for the office superstar (Pacino), but a once-successful salesman (Lemmon) now finds himself clinging nervously to faded glory. Political and personal rivalries erupt under pressure when the other agents (Alan Arkin, Ed Harris) suspect the office manager (Kevin Spacey) of foul play. This cauldron of anxiety, tension, and sheer desperation provides fertile soil for Mamet's scathingly rich dialogue, which is like rocket fuel for some of the greatest actors of our time. Pacino won an Oscar nomination for his volatile performance, but it's Lemmon who's the standout, doing some of the best work of his distinguished career. Director James Foley shapes Mamet's play into a stylish, intensely focused film that will stand for decades as a testament to its brilliant writer and cast. --Jeff Shannon

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Pacino/Lemmon/Baldwin/Harris/Arkin/Spacey/Butler ~ Glengarry Glenross (1992)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Be Closing! April 23 2004
Format:DVD
Most people think of explosions, car chases and action/adventure films as guy movies. Well, maybe, but those are for boys. There's no car chase in this movie, no deaths and no guns. But it manages to hold your attention while telling its story of real estate salesmen. This is the quintessential guy movie. This screen adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer-winning play is incredibly stagebound, which was a stroke of genius: thus, the fast-paced dialogue and the desperate, macho facades of the characters become, and stay, the focus. This allows the amazing talents of the cast to flourish. Pacino and Lemmon are untouchable. Ed Harris is outstanding. Having just the four main characters makes the whole thing seem oddly forced at times. Baldwin's slick delivery of his ball-busting speech to the three underachieving salesmen, is a scene to remember. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Six desperate men, one week to keep their jobs by closing more leads for Premier Properties. The new and lucrative Glengarry leads are only available to closers. But all six guys need their jobs. So who robbed the Glengarry leads?
That's the plot. Those that think it sounds dissapointing haven't seen the film yet, and those that think it sounds intruiging don't know how right they are! This is a great film; It has to be - it is from David Mamet's pullitzer prize winning play.
Basically the film takes place over a two day period - the office is robbed halfway through and all we, the viewers, know is that there were several guys who would have done it. But who? While the film was a play first, there are a whole lot of monologues and dialogues and that is how the action takes place. And you've not lived untill you've seen dialogue between Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino!
The only warning I can give is that those who don't like David Mamet (and it seems you either love him or hate him) will not like this film, though it is more accessible, say, then Oleanna. Those who get bored watching plays because of all talk and no 'real' action probably won't like this film either.
Those who remain intrigued by how 6 characters in a film can create so much tension, drama, and fulness, get this film. You will not regret it one bit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put that coffee down! May 1 2004
Format:DVD
If you're looking for car crashes, gun fights and naked people you won't find them here. But if great dialogue and raw emotion hold your interest, it doesn't get any better than this. Every one of these guys should have won an award for their roles in this movie. Not sure if this particular DVD contains the interview with Jack Lemmon that was included after one of the cable TV broadcasts of the film. If not, it should!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Disappointed Feb. 26 2004
Format:DVD
After hearing rave reviews of this movie for the last couple of years, I finally rented it. After nearly two hours of absolutely nothing, other than a good line or two from Al Pacino, it was over. I honestly wondered if I fell asleep and missed something. What a disappointment.
This film starts very strong with a great five minute performance from Alec Baldwin. He makes you believe you have just sat down to witness true perfection. He reminds the salesmen to "Always Be Closing" (ABC). He then tells them of a competition. The top sales person gets a car, second place gets a set of steak knives and the third gets fired. There is no room for losers in this dramatically masculine world; only "closers" will get the good sales leads. There is a lot of pressure to succeed, so a robbery is committed which has unforseen consequences for all the characters. Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino in particular are incredible, they play off each other so well. This movie is not far from reality. Many salespeople (myself included) who work in the "boiler room" often end up burnt out, divorced, and wasted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you are in Business see this one Feb. 19 2004
Format:DVD
This is an insightful movie into what motivates in a sales environment. Baldwin coming in with a sales contest after Jack Lemmon was such a successful sales employee for so many years. It developed the 'what have you done for me lately' syndrome in business.
What you wonder is there any opportunity for someone who has been a successful sales person in his or her career and who has brought in business and more than paid for him/herself, then, because of short term thinking, loses his job.
Lemmon suddenly becomes a washout, you feel the desparation of him and the bad feelings of his associates as his career implodes.
Akin to the reengineering of American business and the increase in production required in the postal system, you feel the effect on all involved. Baldwin is akin to the college educated drivers who push postal service employees to do more and more in a mundane environment. A bit surreal, the movie shows the heartlessness of business. It is just that, business, no feeling, no heart.
The movie reminds me of survivor, where only one person leaves the office. Yet, what happens each month thereafter? You are left wondering what happens next.
You wonder, what things should be done in a sales environment such as this for the employees to achieve success. This movie is pre-internet, so things are slightly different today.
One thing about this movie, it is relevant in todays economic climate. Do people matter when it comes to business? Eventually the law of diminishing returns will come to haunt us as a people as we continue to export jobs for the sake of business. Eventually, you would think, who will be there to buy what is made overseas? Of course, India, China and Russia, where the jobs are going. Let's have a sales contest.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to enjoy this film
Unfortunately there were more parts of the film that I disliked than those I liked. Al Pacino seems to be too spray-tanned and over acting unnecessarily.
Published 13 months ago by Burberry
5.0 out of 5 stars TOUJOURS ... QUOI AL PACINO , HO OUI !
VOUS ALLEZ ADORÉ LE FILM , COMME VOUS ALLEZ LE DÉTESTÉ ... ( P.S. POUR L'HISTOIRE ) , CAR C'EST UN CHEF D'OEUVRES CE FILM LÀ AVEC AL PACINO , JACK... Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2011 by MARTIN SAUVAGEAU
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes to show the importance of actors
This movie has been brought to my attention several days ago and thought I give it a "look-see" At first, it's confusing for some minutes until you figure out the real estate... Read more
Published on June 29 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sales Movie Ever
Exaggeration & Repetition: Performance keys to live by
There are two keys to being a good performer, whether you are writing or telling a story, whether you are selling... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by johnnyitalian@aol.com
1.0 out of 5 stars A play trapped inside a movie.
'Glengarry Glen Ross' has good dialogue and good acting by the fine actors, but this is actually a play trapped inside a movie. They should not have made it into a movie.
Published on June 4 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC = A I D A
The best sales person giude to closing. An All Star line up. Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon and Alec Baldwin can't get better then this. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Rassool Auckbaraullee
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It
Should be every sales organizations beginning presentation to break in new salesmen! You have got to watch this DVD. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars ABC - awfully boring crapola
I heard people refer to this movie when they were enthusiastically trying to illustrate a point about sales or something along those lines. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004
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