Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Directed By – James Foley

Screenplay By – David Mamet

Cinematography By – Juan Ruiz Anchía

Starring Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, & Alec Baldwin

100 min.

For some reason I’ve been putting off watching this one for a while. I think it’s because the title seems boring, but in fact this is a terrific film with great acting from the entire cast. The movie, based on the play by David Mamet, has great dialogue for every character and turns out to be a very quick 100 minutes of film.

For those of us born in the 90’s we might not know Jack Lemmon as an acting icon but watch this movie and you’ll quickly get why the guy’s a legend. The rest of the cast is terrific as well. Pacino as the suave hot-shot, Ed Harris as the angry failure, Alan Arkin as the bumbling fool, and Kevin Spacey as the young hardass, everyone delivers. Admittedly, it is Alec Baldwin’s scene stealing performance that sets this movie up for what it is. Baldwin comes in for one scene, kicks ass, takes names, then bails, setting up the rest of the cast to be anxious angry wrecks for the remainder of the film.

Sales has never been portrayed in such a rough and vulnerable light as it is in Glengarry Glen Ross and by golly it deserves to be looked at. Watch this acting tour de force.

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