Movies From the Hat IV #8 – Kira’s Pick – Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)


This is my 2467th Review

Thanks to Kira of  Film and TV 101 for this recommendation.

Here are her thoughts on the film.

glengarry “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.” – Blake

Number of Times Seen – twice (4 May 2003 and 29 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – The behind the scene workings of a real estate office as each salesman tries to make their required sales.

My Take on it – Certain films are made or broken solely by their dialogue and this is one of the best when it comes to character interactions via dialogue.

David Mamet adapted his play for the screen and gives us some amazing characters that can literally be played by anyone because they are written so richly.

This film has a superb cast, but in actuality, it probably doesn’t matter who portrays them in order for them to seem so real.

Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Al Pacino are all very memorable here, but Alec Baldwin steals the show with his one scene that is probably the most iconic of the whole film.

Mamet created some very interesting and diverse characters and each is brought to life solely via their words since most of the “action” takes place in one room.

Liked how the plot moved along, and letting us infer certain scenes works well to keep us on (and off) guard.

Would have liked this to be a bit longer with more things happening between the characters but I understand why it was written like this.

Bottom Line – Excellent dialogue is what makes this film so watchable. The cast chosen to portray these characters are all top notch, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that stars are needed because they are each written so well.  Mamet knows how to create interesting characters and bring them to life solely via their words.  Whole cast is amazing, but Baldwin steals the show with his one superb scene. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ever since its release, the film has been used to train real life salesmen how to sell and how not to sell. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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