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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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

Director:

James Foley

Writers:

David Mamet (based on the play by), David Mamet (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Ricky Roma
Jack Lemmon ... Shelley Levene
Alec Baldwin ... Blake
Alan Arkin ... George Aaronow
Ed Harris ... Dave Moss
Kevin Spacey ... John Williamson
Jonathan Pryce ... James Lingk
Bruce Altman ... Mr. Spannel
Jude Ciccolella ... Detective
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Policeman
Lori Tan Chinn ... Coat Check Girl
Neal Jones ... Man in Donut Shop
Barry Rohrssen ... Assistant Detective (as Barry Rossen)
Leigh French ... Additional Voice (voice)
George Cheung ... Additional Voice (voice)
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Storyline

The real story behind the world of sales. This is a realistic portrayal of what it is to try making a life in high pressure sales with all its highs and lows; promises of fortunes and deliveries of dross. Red-leads and dead-leads are to blame for life's outcomes. Living with "Objection, Rebuttal, Close". Written by kgdm-400-333534

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The hardest thing in life is sell. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The soundtrack's incorporation of Al Jarreau's rendition of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" is an allusion to blue sky laws. These are state regulations intended to prevent fraud in sales of securities. The term is said to have been popularized by a Kansas Supreme Court justice who said he hoped to to protect investors from speculative ventures "no more basis than so many feet of 'blue sky.'" See more »

Goofs

While Shelley is recounting to Roma the latter part of his close of his $82,000 Nyborg sale, the office door is wide open, no lights are on in the office, and clearly nobody is moving around in the office. Then Shelley calls to Williamson for more leads. When the camera angle changes, the office door is closed and Williamson has to open the door to come out into the room to answer that "the leads are coming." See more »

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Ricky Roma: I subscribe to the law of contrary public opinion... If everyone thinks one thing, then I say, bet the other way...
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Skies
Performed by Al Jarreau
Words & Music by Irving Berlin
Courtesy of Irving Berlin Music Company
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Astonishing...
8 August 2003 | by magma_icemanSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie my jaw was hanging down and my mouth wide open from start to finish. I was gripped.

This movie has no sex, no violence, no car chases, no action - but absolutely the most powerful acting I have ever seen. Uncompromisingly realistic.

Having said that, I can understand why so many people do NOT like it - you have to like dramas, and especially one centered so much around desparation and conflict, and NOT around action. 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.

This movie is a veritable who's who of acting, with Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Jonathan Pryce - not to mention a then-relatively-unknwon Kevin Spacey.

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.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glengarry Glen Ross See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,104,402, 4 October 1992

Gross USA:

$10,725,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,725,228
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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