Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) – James Foley

The star-power in this film! Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris… love it!

David Mamet adapts his award winning play to the big screen, and though I’ve never seen the stage version, I imagine the punch of it is very similar, as the dialogue are crisp and sharp as we dive into the machinations of a real estate office.

Following a visit by Blake (Baldwin) the local office realises that they are in serious jeopardy of losing their jobs, despite the fact that the leads they are using are weak. If they don’t get on the sales board, they could be out of a job.

As they try their hand at the leads, all of them lament the fact that they don’t have access to the new Glengarry leads, even as they try their pitches on the names they’ve been given. The sales approaches are different, but you can sense the desperation for all of them bubbling under the surface.

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Set over the course of a day, things take a sharp turn, when, over-night, someone trashes the office, steals the contracts, and the new leads. Who’s responsible?

The performances are nothing short of riveting, and watching the character arcs and story play out is more engrossing than you would think a real estate office could be.

And with a cast like this, it’s tough to pick out a single performance, because each of the actors brings so much to the role, it’s just amazing to see the bunch of them, masters of the craft, going gangbusters on the script.

The film is an exercise in an acting class, and remains absolutely captivating, and it doesn’t seem to matter who did the office over, they all have their reasons, it’s more about the pressures of the job, and the style of person it takes to work there. Honestly, this line of work would never have been for me, and watching these characters, as hard working as they are, as focused on trying to get by as they are, I can’t relate to them because of where they work, but watching them… I can’t look away.

I remember when this one first came along, and the way it swept through the video store I worked in. Everyone was talking about it, and it was often recommended and shared countless times.

This one I don’t watch often, but everytime I settle in for it, I am wowed by it all over again. And there are still so many films to watch for the blog…

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