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Glengarry Glen Ross


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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

This is a GREAT film adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize winning play. Obviously the movie is script- and character focused, but I actually also liked the atmosphere they were creating with the visuals, especially during the rainy night scenes. They gave this movie a kind of neo-noir feeling, which I absolutely adored!

It's a story about salesmen who are under pressure to close their leads. For some of them it means they won't be fired if they do and for the winner, Ricky Roma (exceptionally well played by Al Pacino), it means that he will get a bonus in the form of a Cadillac. Each in their own way, they try to deal with this pressure.
One of the guys, Dave Moss (Ed Harris), has enough of being humiliated by his bosses and plans to rob the best leads of his own company to sell him to another starting company (from a friend he knows) for some money and a new, more independent job. He knows he will be suspect, so he asks one of his co-workers, George Aaronow (Alan Arkin), to do it for him for 2500 dollars.
That same night, one of the older salesmen, Shelley Levene (Jack Lemmon), who is very close to being fired and really needs money for his sick daughter at the hospital, is having a lot of trouble with his two old leads, who are almost impossible to close.
The next morning the office is indeed robbed and the police is trying to find the perpetrator, while every other person in the office is dealing with their own particular problems...

Next to the actors I mentioned in the brief summary, there are also very good performances by Kevin Spacey as the office leader and Alec Baldwin as Blake, the young succesful boss who gives a tremendously harsh speech at the beginning of the movie.
The dialogue was razor sharp, the atmosphere was fantastically dark and the performances were awesome. I also liked the sometimes sudden turning movements of the camera towards faces during conversations. That's just a piece of awesome direction.
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