Glengarry Glen Ross
It's a rainy night at the tired firm of John Williamson's (Kevin Spacey)
when Blake (Alec Baldwin) arrives to give the loser salesmen there a pep talk on how to sell right. Blake's angry rantings
offend George (Alan Arkin), upset Dave (Ed Harris) and annoy Shelley (Jack Lemmon), but none can complain because Blake has
proposed a contest: whoever can sell the most leads in the following week gets the "golden" Glengarry leads that Blake brought
in with him. Immediately after Blake leaves propositions for deals and robbery arise, but all the while Ricky Roma (Al Pacino)
is across the street selling to nervous James Lingk (Johnathan Pryce). The tensions fire in an explosive climax the next morning
when the four employees show up at the firm only to find that the Glengarry leads have been stolen and Williamson is desperate
to find out who did it.
Alec Baldwin profits from a part specially added for the screen - the "motivator". 'Mamet's script is all important; these people use words as weapons
while their true thoughts and feelings leak out around the edges. Both their sales pattern and their aggressive exchanges
amongst each other are as convincing as they are appalling.'
*Alison Dalzell, Edinburgh University Film Society
Produced onstage in the good
times of the 1980's, filmed in the hard times of the 1990's, it shows the new kind of American salesmanship, which is organized
around offices and corporations. No longer is a salesman self-employed, going door-to-door. Now individual effort
has been replaced by teamwork. The shabby Chicago real estate office, huddled under the L tracks, could be any white-collar
organization in which middle-aged men find themselves faced with sudden and possibly permanent unemployment.
...Pacino and Jonathan Pryce, who plays a possible customer, have a masterful scene in a restaurant booth,
in which Pacino subtly tries to seduce Pryce into buying, by playing on what he senses is latent homosexuality.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times review
greatest acting ensemble I've ever been a part of."
Shelley Levene :
Williamson! Williamson! Put me on the board! Put me on the Cadillac board!
Ricky Roma : You never open your mouth until you know what
the shot is.
Williamson : [handing Roma lead cards] I'm giving you three leads...
Ricky Roma : Three? I count two.
Williamson : There's three leads there.
Ricky Roma : "Patel"? Fuck you. Fucking Shiva handed this guy a million dollars, said "Sign the deal!" he wouldn't sign. And the
god Vishnu too. Fuck you, John! You know your business, I know mine. Your business is being an asshole. I find out whose fucking
cousin you are, I'm going to go to him and figure out a way to have your ass- fuck you!
The word "fuck" and its derivatives are uttered 138 times.
The word "shit" and its derivatives are uttered 50 times.
of Blake was not in the original play. When adapting his play for the screen, David Mamet created that role specifically for actor Alec Baldwin.
During the production, the actors referred to this film as "Death of a Fuckin' Salesman".