I Watched… (#43)

26 Apr

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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Adapted from a play and likened to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, this dialogue-heavy production is short on sets but drips with meaty substance thanks to a brilliant script adaption by David Mamet and a stunning cast.

Following a group of real estate agents in their constant struggle trying to selling worthless land to ‘deadbeat’ clients, the whole film is set in their depressingly crummy office and a bar across the road yet the film grips throughout with sparkling dialogue and authentic realism.
The ensemble cast, which includes Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Jack Lemmon and Ed Harris, are all brilliant as tired and angry salesman, whilst Alec Baldwin delivers a scintillating monologue as the flash alpha-dog salesman and Kevin Spacey as the office manager is equally on-form. The script gives the actors a chance to sink their teeth into it, it’s strong and humorous enough to hold the film up and it even shocks at times such is its verve.

Memorable, authentic and very substantial; the weighty script and cast give an unforgettable glimpse into the unglamorous world of an American salesman.

8/10

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