Times are tough in a Chicago real-estate office; the salesmen (Shelley Levene, Ricky Roma, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow) are given a strong incentive by Blake to succeed in a sales contest. The prizes? First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, second prize is a set of steak knives, third prize is the sack! There is no room for losers in this dramatically masculine world; only “closers” will get the good sales leads. There is a lot of pressure to succeed, so a robbery is committed which has unforeseen consequences for all the characters… –IMDb
James Foley (born December 28, 1953) is an American film director and screenwriter. He was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, the son of a lawyer.His 1986 film At Close Range was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
it's ironic that a writer who now totes himself as a conservative made the best bit of fiction agit-prop against the business world that writers & filmmakers who died communist could never make. The entire cast is great but if you had to pick the 2 best peformances are Lemmon (as desperpate & amoral as he is you sympathize with him right up to his punishment) & Baldwin (1 o f the great 1 scene performances).
despite my rabid cinephilia, i'm not much of a theater lover. accordingly, the hammy, actors-studio hyperbole of this one didn't work for me on any level. i suppose the overwrought language has a bombastic appeal, but 20 years after elia kazan and the like, it seems redundant and nostalgic. as a critique of capitalism, it's one-dimensional and unenlightening. plus, mamet is a tea partier now, so who cares?
The people depicted in Glengarry Glen Ross are self-centered, despicable rats in the filthiest of sewers. Four men who work in a low-rent, shady real estate office, selling timeshare-like plans to… read review