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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Be Closing
"Glengarry Glen Ross" does for the world of Sales in the 1990's what "Network" did for TV broadcasting in the 1970's. It is a powerful drama, satirical at times in a very subtle way.It is set in an American real estate office, where competition and rivalry between the salesmen is fierce and Darwinian in nature. The cast is Hollywood A List, featuring impressive...
Published on 9 Feb. 2006 by L. Davidson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film - horrendous DVD
As a previous reviewer said this is a butchered version of the film. This has a stellar cast but has been chopped in format so you feel like you're watching the film through someones letterbox. Sound quality is poor as well. Thanks a bunch Carlton! It's still worth 3 stars for Al Pacino alone. Anyone who's worked in a job they don't like should see this film, just not...
Published on 8 Feb. 2012 by S. J. Bizley


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Be Closing, 9 Feb. 2006
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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"Glengarry Glen Ross" does for the world of Sales in the 1990's what "Network" did for TV broadcasting in the 1970's. It is a powerful drama, satirical at times in a very subtle way.It is set in an American real estate office, where competition and rivalry between the salesmen is fierce and Darwinian in nature. The cast is Hollywood A List, featuring impressive performances from Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey and a remarkable cameo from Alec Baldwin. They all provide recognisable portraits of the different types of salesperson one might encounter ; the aggressive, smooth talking , vain office hotshot, the desperate old hand struggling to stick the pace, the cynical one, the one who's too nice and in the wrong job and the obnoxious,know all boss with the Beemer and Rolex. "The Office" this ain't. The characters in this sales office are all nasty, nakedly greedy, abusive, deceitful, jealous and amoral. However there is a certain solidarity amongst them which emerges from time to time as all of them are equal in the face of the relentless pressure to meet their targets or face the chop. Any prospective salesperson should watch this. For every successful Al Pacino or Alec Baldwin ,there are many more distraught Jack Lemmons and Ed Harris's out there barely able to make ends meet. The dialogue, acting and characterisation are all excellent. The only criticism I would make is that,at a running time of only an hour and a half, the film is too short.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in acting, 18 April 2010
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Ciaran O'neill (Dublin) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Glengarry Glen Ross [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
If someone told you that one of the best films you'll ever see was about a group of real estate salesmen whose jobs were on the line you'd probably be somewhat suspicious. But it's true. The numerous other 5 star reviews attest to just how good this film is. A once-in-a-lifetime cast, great direction and a brilliant script. Everybody is at the top of their game. Al Pacino was nominated for best supporting actor for this at the Oscars but actually won for best actor in Scent of a Woman, a rare double nomination. He's infinitely better in this. It's another example of Hollywood giving an Oscar to the wrong performance. Jack Lemmon, who apparently was was unhappy with some of the more colourful language he had to use (it's a long way from Hollywood in the 1950s) is amazing. But then everyone is amazing; if ever there was a reason to give a collective Oscar for ensemble acting this is it. Alec Baldwin's 5 minutes on screen is the stuff of legend among acting fans. I could go on but, trust me, there's not a non-brilliant performance in the whole film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, 15 Nov. 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Glengarry Glen Ross [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
glengarry glen ross has a stellar cast,al pacino,jack lemmon,ed harris,kevin spacey and alec baldwin,all of whom give the performances of their lives and thats saying something,let me tell you.

The story revolves around the cut throat industry of real estate sales and the tricks and desperation involved to be the best,regardless of what it takes.

Jack lemmon is awesome as a loser who is trying to claim back some respect from his colleagues and self respect by closing one more big sale,spacey is the office boss who has no respect and is a man not worthy of trust,al pacino is the cool,coldhearted at first seller who makes it all seem easy but is still suspect,ed harris is the seller who is fed up as they all are ,of poor leads and wants to better his situation at any cost and baldwin,although only in it for 10 minutes is the epitome of success with his high powered speech on how to sell and how only losers cant close leads and how the sellers face the sack if they dont sell,the film is tense,taut and dramatic,desperation and drive and seedy dealings flood the screen and seldom will you see performances with such impact as this,while you wont be viewing a film with guns and blood,this is the very meaning of the term superb.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top film awful format, 20 Sept. 2003
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Manek Dubash "Journalist" (Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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All that's good about this film has been adequately -- nay -- eloquently said. What's not been mentioned is the butchery that Carlton has meted out to the UK release of this film. Put out on DVD in exactly the same format as the films it broadcasts on UK terrestrial TV, the film has been chopped to 4:3 format, and the DTS sound enjoyed by US buyers has been stripped down to plain old stereo.
This is not the first film distributed by Carlton that I've made the mistake of buying. It will be the last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foley's Acting Tour-de-force, 21 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Glengarry Glen Ross [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
I must admit I was initially tempted to attribute the brilliantly visceral impact of this 1992 tale of the unscrupulous world of American real estate salesman to screenwriter David Mamet (rather than director James Foley), after all it is Mamet's razor-sharp, acerbic (and profanity-strewn) script that is (for me) key to much of the film's success. Or perhaps it's simply down to Foley's stellar cast - any film which lines up Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and Jonathan Pryce is (of course) worthy of close attention even before a word has been written or spoken. But, in fact, Foley does (of course) have perhaps the key say in how the film comes across on screen, and the manner in which he elicits his outstanding acting turns, and marshals the claustrophobic camera of cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchia (I dread to think how much water was 'wasted' in shooting the almost constant downpour in which most of the action takes place) and the moody, jazzy score of James Newton Howard, deserves considerable praise.

This is a film of many outstanding scenes, but arguably none better than that (early in the film) when visiting sales guru Blake (Alec Baldwin), a harbinger of doom from company HQ ('I'm here on a mission of mercy'), harangues salesmen Shelley 'The Machine' Levene (Jack Lemmon), Dave Moss (Ed Harris) and George Aaronow (Alan Arkin) for their inadequate sales performances. Baldwin's turn here is as good as anything I've seen from him, although the scene's impact is perhaps as much about Mamet's words as it is about the acting, and this scene establishes the key features of this 'dog-eat-dog' life - uncompromising, unscrupulous, emasculating, sales at any cost (with a Cadillac Eldorado as an incentive bonus). Elsewhere in the cast, Spacey is excellent in this early role as the small-minded, nerdy office manager ('I don't make the rules') John Williamson, as is Pacino as the smooth-talking, self-centred leading salesman Ricky Roma (whose scenes with gullible potential buyer, James Lingk - Jonathan Pryce - are a highlight), whilst neither Harris nor Arkin let the side down.

But, for me (as I often seem to find), the acting honours are stolen by Hollywood veteran, Jack Lemmon. Shelley 'The Machine' Levene is a man living on past glories, he may have topped the sales rankings years ago, but now he has lost his touch and potential customers are now seeing right through his 'expert' sales patter. Lemmon is simply superb here, whether it be during his attempts to befriend an unwilling customer, improvising to play along with Ricky's ruse to avoid losing his recent sale, or in his desperation to secure health payments for his ailing daughter, first, as he tries to bribe Williamson into giving him the latest good quality sales leads, and, second (at the film's brilliant conclusion) as he pleads with the same man not to reveal his guilty secret. Lemmon is perhaps best known for his classic comedic performances in films such Some Like It Hot, The Apartment and The Front Page, but I would contend that some of Lemmon's 'serious' turns (mostly occurring later in his career) in films as this, Missing, The China Syndrome and Short Cuts are equally outstanding and truly demonstrate the versatility of this master of his craft.

For me, Lemmon's performance is the highlight of a compelling film which, despite flagging slightly during the third quarter, redeems itself with its powerfully tragic conclusion. And a final mention for (what I assume is) Mamet's nice touch as Roma, on being questioned by the police officer investigating the office burglary towards the end of the film, looks at the camera and asks, 'Are you talking to me?'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC - Always Be Closing, 22 April 2010
This review is from: Glengarry Glen Ross [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
Glengarry Glen Ross is probably one of the finest movies to delve into the less that pleasant world of high pressure sales. Adapted from David Mamet's stage play it shows it's origins from the stage with limited locations, a lot of dialogue and a relatively small cast. But what a cast with the likes of Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin delivering power house performances. But it is Mamet's excellent screen play which comes to the fore with blast after blast of testosterone fuelled dialogue which leaves you drop jawed. It ranks up there with Wall Street [1988] [DVD] for sheer power when it comes to movies about business and finance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Life Direct Sales, 18 Aug. 2010
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I like this film, I needed to watch it more than once to understand all that went on, there's various stories happening similtaneously.

A couple of people had recommended it to me as I had recently been involved with a direct sales organisation. The film is very close to reality from what I can see, I don't think real estate is sold in the UK in the same way, but kitchens and windows, it's the same techniques.

There's no car chases, no violence, no sex, no scenic views, but there's great diologue, a good story and great actors.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See!!!, 27 Jun. 2002
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Mamet creates a world that is a pressure cooker of emotions. Greed, Envy and Regret feature large in a piece of work that ranks as a classic.
Times are bad and the "ballbreaker" Alec Baldwin is called from "downtown" to pit salesman against salesman. The winner gets a car, the loser his P45.
There are no explosions, no sex, no car chases, and no one gets killed. This film keeps you on the edge of your seat with words. Fast words, slow words, expletives, truisms, lies - the dialogue is thick and fast, each character pitch perfect.
Pacino plays the cocky, confident winner at the top of his game. Ed Harris the world weary cynic. Kevin Spacey the spineless manipulative boss and Jack Lemmon the "has been" scared out of his wits holding on by the fingernails.
As the story develops each characters hopes and fears become apparent. The common denominators greed and fear driving each of them in equal measure. The climax to the film is an indictment of human nature when pushed to the edge.
If you love film that is intelligent, insightful and raw, this film is for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know what it takes to sell real estate? Essential blu-ray purchase :), 24 Oct. 2012
A few simple sets, no special effects, a razor-sharp script and a stellar cast add up to a gripping piece of cinema. B-list director James Foley initially turned down this project as "filmed theatre", and whilst the film does beytay its theatrical roots with its claustrophobic atmosphere and reliance on dialogue, it's still essential viewing for audiences and budding film-makers alike. This blu-ray release does justice to the film - the transfer is sharp and colourful, and whilst it shows up the grain of the source material (bearing in mind the movie was shot in Super 35 format in the early 1990s) this is no bad thing. If you've only ever seen the film on TV, seeing it in its intended 2.35:1 widescreen framing is a revelation... As for the soundtrack, let's be honest - a plain stereo track (or even mono) would be perfectly adequate. As it is, the DTS-HD track will give your centre speaker a good workout, and the sparse music cues and ambient sounds are handled nicely. As with most blu-rays, the icing on the cake is being able to enjoy the film at the correct 24 fps frame-rate, with the soundtrack at the right pitch. An essential release - buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film - horrendous DVD, 8 Feb. 2012
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S. J. Bizley (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Glengarry Glen Ross [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
As a previous reviewer said this is a butchered version of the film. This has a stellar cast but has been chopped in format so you feel like you're watching the film through someones letterbox. Sound quality is poor as well. Thanks a bunch Carlton! It's still worth 3 stars for Al Pacino alone. Anyone who's worked in a job they don't like should see this film, just not this version.
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