Friday, March 22, 2013

Movie Review - Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

David Mamet's Pulitzer winning play is expanded in this superb adaptation led by the strong leads of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey.  Hard times fall on a Chicago based real estate company.  The salesman are placed in a contest to sell the most and win a Cadillac, get second place and win steak knives, or fall last and lose a job.  Glengarry Glen Ross encapsulates how cutthroat, manipulative and dishonest the sales environment can be.

This film is pumping with heavy testosterone (as most of Mamet's work is).  Men eat each other alive to stay in the game.  Without useful leads to follow, the only option these men consider is finding the best way they can screw each other over to get the upper hand.  There is only one rule in this world, and that is to sell no matter what.  

Alec Baldwin gives one of his most powerful and convincing performances as Blake, an alpha salesman who delivers the news that the lowest man in sales gets the boot.

 "A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing! Always be closing! A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention -- do I have your attention? Interest -- are you interested? I know you are 'cause it's fuck or walk. You close, or you hit the bricks! Decision -- have you made your decision for Christ?!! And action. A-I-D-A. Get out there!! You got the prospects coming in. You think they came in to get outta the rain? A guy don't walk on the lot lest he wants to buy. Sitting out there waiting to give you their money! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?" 


Glengarry Glen Ross is currently available for stream on Netflix.

Runtime: 100 min.
Rated R for language



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