Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

DVD - 2002
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Times are tough at the real estate firm of Premiere Properties. Shelley "the machine" Levene (Lemmon) and Dave Moss (Harris) are veteran salesmen, but only Ricky Roma (Pacino) is on a hot streak. The new Glengarry sales leads could turn everything around, but the front office is holding them back until these "losers" prove themselves. Then someone decides to take matters into his own hands, stealing the Glengarry leads and leaving everyone wondering who did it.

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Blake is sent to motivate a group of real estate salesmen using verbal abuse and threats of firing them.


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💼 I certainly hope my favorite commenter, "hardtofindamovieworthwatchinganymore," can see this soon. It's a superb drama, with great performances all around, and finely drawn characters. Jonathan Pryce is outstanding as a chump whose wife is smarter than he is. Someone steals the vital hot sales leads. Eventually, he slips up. Meanwhile, an office full of salesmen sweat out their failures and shortcomings as they resort to increasingly underhanded techniques to unload their lousy, overpriced properties in shady real estate developments. Were they working for the Trump Organization? Now it can be told!

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empbee
Nov 29, 2018

Good classic movie about the real estate sale pressure on salesmen and its consequences. Great cast.

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SusyHendrix
Sep 18, 2018

I think some people freak out too much over the swearing. To me, it felt authentic, as we're dealing with a bunch of frustrated men in an unenviable situation. With that out of the way, all I can say is this movie is awesome! It takes a hard look at human nature: greed, ambition, the American Dream, the vicious world of American business. Every performance is perfect; I couldn't even pick a favorite if I tried. The camerawork and editing help elevate the film from being "canned theater" as well. I was riveted the whole time.

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Onewhoissaved
Aug 06, 2017

I first saw this film in 1992, the year it came out. I was then favorably impressed with the performances of all these stars. Now that I am older and I hope more mature and refined as a person I no longer want to hear men going around using the "fuck you!" variations of swearing that are supposed to show someone unafraid to break the rules of good conduct when they want to make a point. Do we really need these people setting the tone for seriousness? Grow up Alec Baldwin! I have not liked you for 20 years and nothing is going to change that. And I can not tolerate the attitude of Kevin Spacey. Pacino, Lemmon, Arkin, and Harris are all just fine as less than performance realestate salesman. I have turned into my parents but that is a good thing. They and others have a better behavior than those who follow the 'anything is okay if it makes you feel good'. Standards of behavior tell a lot about a person.

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candlesticktroughs
Jul 17, 2017

I don't think it wise to take this as a primer for your life. I don't think it necessary to have a one to one representation of the genders, as in "real life." I'm not bothered that any of Mamet's films are stagey, and they lack the seemingly requisite explosions and sex scenes. mamet explores relationships between characters, and there are constant revelations. mr. Baldwin was so immense in his character I didn't recognize him the next five films I saw him in. you always expect a very good performance from mr. pacino, and you get one here. same goes for mr. lemmon. too bad he didn't have roles like this one, earlier in his career. this film benefited from the exquisite ensemble. if you admire the art of acting, you could spend worse 'a couple of hours,' than watching this one. better than this: only 'House of Games.'

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 17, 2017

Always be closing...

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hesselugano
Jul 11, 2017

Most of David Mamet's movies have been better scripted and relied on
far fewer star actors. I wonder why this movie got the star treatment
when other Mamet movies have done fine with the usual stalwarts - Ricky
Jay, Rebeca Pigeon, William H. Macy, etc? The casting is unusual in
having no women in the sales office (even back then female real estate agents far
outnumbered male real estate agents when the screenplay was written). For
the movie Mamet added the Baldwin character, so theoretically he could
have added a hard, aggressive bitch to the sales team to spice things
up. The dialog is typical Mamet fare, it adds punch and pizazz but in
real life have any of us ever witnessed people verbally exchange barbs like that!
There are some plot events that simply don't make sense. The hapless
Jack Lemon thinks he's hit the sales jackpot only to be deflated when
told that the couple who signed his $80,000 sales contract have a
history of being insolvent wackos; office manager Williamson (Spacey)
already knew all about this, yet he assigned Shelley a lead that was a complete
time-waster. Why? managers are supposed to optimize business efficiency
not sabotage it. Did Williamson do it out of malice or carelessness? We
later learn he and Shelly intensely disliked one another? Most people
(myself included) would rather clean toilets for a living than face
that bleak future of endless sleaze, stress and abuse on all sides, but
as this DVD's supplementary piece "Always Be Closing" showed, there are
real-life real estate saleswomen who actually love cold-calling! It takes all kinds
to make the world turn.

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Tdruid
Feb 14, 2017

With such a stellar cast, I expected a lot better movie.

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jsinaz
Dec 16, 2016

This is Death of a Salesman for the 90s and later. A superb look at what salesmen do--and I do mean sales MEN. Superb cast, including Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon (one of his last roles), Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, and Kevin Spacey. Based on a play, it translates beautifully to the big screen. Evidently companies use this film as an example of how to sell! It lays bare the methods, lies, exaggerations, etc., that sales people use to close the deal, but, more importantly, to survive.

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GR8SK8
Dec 14, 2016

Great movie with a superb cast........Jack Lemmon is outstanding.
Saw this many many years ago, not expecting much, very pleasantly surprised.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2015

Super collection of quotes from IMDb (curses and offensive salesmen talks):

Blake: You certainly don't pal, 'cause the good news is - you're fired. The bad news is - you've got, all of you've got just one week to regain your jobs starting with tonight. Starting with tonight's sit. Oh? Have I got your attention now? Good. "Cause we're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. Get the picture? You laughing now? You got leads. Mitch and Murray paid good money, get their names to sell them. you can't close the leads youre given you can't close shit. You ARE shit. Hit the bricks pal, and beat it 'cause you are going OUT.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Blake: These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you they're gold, and you don't get them. Why? Because to give them to you would be throwing them away. They're for closers.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Blake: Put. That coffee. Down.
[pause]
Blake: Coffee's for closers only.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Blake: A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.

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Apr 04, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Coarse Language: F**k is said in this movie 138 times.

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