Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Review

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A closer look at how the American real estate offices work and what the salesmen will do to close a deal. Always Be Closing!

This film is a true masterclass in outstanding acting from the whole cast, and what a truly incredible cast was put together for it. Jack Lemmon is an unbelievable actor and I think he shows a more serious side to him throughout this film. I really do need to catch up with more of his films from over the years as I have only seen the most famous ones.

I had never seen this film before but after seeing the play in the West End at the start of the year I then just had to make sure I watched the film as well. I love films that are based on plays because that usually means they are very dialogue heavy and have therefore have great performances attached to it. This was certainly no different and when you even just look at the cast you know its going to be outstanding.

The story is based around salesmen who are willing to do pretty much anything to get people to close on a deal, plenty of lying, scheming and cheating people out of their hard-earned cash. It’s a competition in the office and the better you are doing the better leads you are given. So basically you would be on such a good streak. The incentives for the men were on the board and it was plain for everyone to see. So who would actually want to break in and steal them? Someone who hasn’t been on a very good streak surely?

Everything moves at a fast pace and you don’t ever have a chance to switch off as more and more information as thrown at you as you are taking in everything the characters are saying. A truly engaging film with plenty of interesting points which are still very relevant to this day, it stands the test of time in terms of people selling something and trying to get the best deal they possibly can for themselves.

Each time the next actor is speaking on-screen it feels as though they are stealing the scene, but that happens every single time it changes across the characters. I still felt as though Lemmon was the massive standout though. Al Pacino really showing why he is considered one of the best, with Alan Arkin adding in his smaller role. Along with Kevin Spacey and a personal favourite of mine in smaller supporting roles Ed Harris. Not forgetting Alec Baldwin whose role was specially created for the film version!

This really is worth you time to catch up with if you haven’t seen it before and I even think its worth another watch if you haven’t seen it for a long time! Acting at its very best on-screen in my personal opinion! I kinda want to watch it again already, that’s how powerful it is from start to finish.

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5 thoughts on “Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Review

  1. This is a great film, and you are right, each Actor takes control over their scenes and give terrific, powerful performances…I posted a story about this film, highlighting the fact that the most powerful scene in the film wasn’t even in the original play, as you note – Alec Baldwin’s role was written for the movie! – https://johnrieber.com/2012/08/25/a-b-c-always-be-cheering-glengarrys-brightly-burning-movie-addition-alec-baldwin/

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  2. Nice review. I too think its a great film (possibly in my own top ten all-time) but its so distressingly tense and depressing I find it so hard to rewatch it. I read a great observation once that Jack Lemmon’s character is The Apartment’s CC Baxter 30 years later on the wrong end of the American Dream. Does this film have the best all-time male cast of any film, ever? Its certainly a contender.

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    • Oh it really does have to be up there for best all male cast!

      That is an amazing link for Lemmon’s character and that it is CC Baxter 30 years later I can totally see that link!

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