His plan isnot to make sales, but break into the office and steal the good leads. Where desperate, angry men will do anything to get ahead, to get the premium leads. If you can appreciate powerful acting, films based on dialogue with few scene changes, and can withstand an absolute barrage of foul language which I must add is perfectly suited to this film , then this movie will blow you away. Alec Baldwin, in his greatest performance of his career, only taking up a mere 10 mins of screen time, tears the screen to shreds and burns the film up with one of the most incendiary, provocative, foul-mouthed, scene-chomping speeches ever. Lemmon and Arkin are perfect as the salesman who's luck has turned towards the negative. Every character in the movie is one that I recognized from my office experiences.
If you listen to theconversations you will notice that the Glengarry leads are the new leads,the ones given to closers, the leads given to those who go out and squeezeas much money out of people as they can so they don't lose their jobs. I cannot believe this film has been out there all these years and Ijust now saw it for the first time this week. Stage play movies are often times my favorites! I have since become endeared to the profane scherzo of the dialectic, the use of obscenity in a gritty realistic way; the cadence, the tempo and meter. It makes you wonder if you are indeed watching the same film. The first time I saw this movie my jaw was hanging down and my mouth wide open from start to finish. Glengarry Glen Ross is the story of a failing real estate office inwhich four agents are told they'd better get some property sold quick,or they'll be out of a job.
But for those begging for something of substance shouldlove this movie. Jack Lemmon is the oldlion of the bunch. All that I can say about Baldwin is that this is definitely his best performance and the writing for his character is unbelievable. Another of the film's strengths is the performance by Kevin Spacey, as JohnWilliamson, the office manager. In addition, Mamet has fleshed out the story line quite a bit for the film. Utterly joyless film, scripted by David Mamet from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, about harried, put-upon real estate agents struggling to satisfy the corporate bosses and keep their jobs, lying to and cheating their clients, their co-workers, and maybe even themselves. Due to all the profanity in this film, it is basically not possible toshow it on network television.
The directing, the cinematography of the Chicago neighborhoods, and the aggregate irritation and unassuming aura which accommodates human failure by way of outdated restaurants and continuous subway noises, were all sensational in this movie. He makes Shelley a guy you can feel forwithout necessarily sympathizing with him. He's smooth and confident, and he seems to bethe only guy making any good sales recently. The mind tricks the salesmen are pulling are just amazing and may be compared to scenes of other great movies like The Wolf of Wall Street. . If you don't understandwhy,all you'll see is the viciousness, and you probably won't enjoy thefilm. There is one beautiful scene in particularwhen Jack Lemmon has just made what he thinks is a huge sale to breakhis slump.
Each actor has theircharacter down perfectly. Kevin Spacey is a spawn of nepotism, he is not only a jerk, but, a particular kind of jerk! I have ever since I canremember. As wonderfully realized by Arkin, he's the proverbial duck-out-of-water, whobelongs anywhere except in a job as a salesman. Not hot, willing to do anything to reach the top. When you haveactors this engaging, setting is definitely not the issue.
Ed Harris is great as the angry salesman who is willing to do what it takes to save his own future. If your career is finished, you in a sense are finished, and your emeritus years signify a painful non productivity. Lemmon, Pacino,and Bladwin are true masters. Themanis desperate to make money, not only to keep his job, but to pay for hisdaughter's medical treatment. Barbed, ugly, belligerent, it leaves the viewer beaten and bowed.
This is the salesman you hope you neverencounter, especially if something like the Brooklyn Bridge is beingoffered, as such overtures as those proffered by Ricky Roma are just toohard to refuse. Perhaps, Mamet did more directing than the writer normally would? It is adapted from the stage play, and I appreciate the way in which it was shot, retaining so much of the raw appeal that can only be felt at the theatre, as opposed to the cinema. Alan Arkin, George, is simply the loser. Foley knows it's about the characters and not about his personal style as a film maker; for that I give him credit. I believe this film to be a landmark pieceof cinema for this generation. Ed Harris is great as the angry salesman who is willing to dowhat it takes to save his own future.
But, he says, those guys who come in and burn everyone forasmuch money as they can get and then go to Argentina ruined a good thing. In college we used to watch this film over and over and rewind the speech 10 times over. You came here in aHyundai, I drive a 80,000-dollar Oldsmobile--that's my name. Ed Harris, as Dave Moss, is outstanding, also, creating a character whosebitterness seems to flow from the inside out, and has long since overwhelmedthat ability and better part of himself that could've made him a successfulsalesman, had he but turned his energies to more positive concerns and awayfrom the self-defeating, self-pity into which he has descended. He's a good talker, but he's been on a stretch ofterrible luck both professionally and personally. Frustrated and at the boiling point. Ed Harris is Dave Moss, a fighter, kinda like DeNiro in Raging Bull.