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Always Be Closing,
This review is from: Glengarry Glen Ross (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
"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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Initial post: 19 Dec 2012 10:20:05 GMT
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Who is not nasty, nakedly greedy, abusive, deceitful, jealous and amoral? We are all there!
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