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Overall Rating
4.42

Awesome66.67%
Worth A Look: 15.79%
Average: 14.04%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 3.51%

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Glengarry Glen Ross
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by Ophelia13

"I would like to have seen the play"
3 stars

I would like to have seen it because the movie boredered on boring the entire time. Some plays just don't translate, I suppose, and this brings that to a new height. Not translating, I mean.

Glengarry Glen Ross (Pronounced glenGARRY glen ROSS, for those of you who didn't know and felt like having it shoved down your throat) is a movie based on a play about what I assume to be Real Estate Agents. At least they seemed like it sometimes, when they weren't screwing people up the ass. Anyway, there are these 'leads', which are the people each agent is assigned to screw. Now, these leads are really old, and half the people on them are, quite honestly, off their rockers, so if a sale is made you can pretty much bet that it won't stick (gotta love the 3-day cooling off period). The office manager (played by Kevin Spacey) brings in a tight ass pep talker (played by Alec Baldwin. Needless to say the character was stiff and translucent) to inform everyone of a contest to see who can make the most sales on the current leads. The winner receives a very expensive car, and second place gets a fabulous set of steak knives costing approximately $1.00. Oh, and did I mention the losers get fired? That was just too much tension for me, I've got to tell you.
For all its shortcomings, though, Glengarry Glen Ross tries extremely hard to make itself worth watching. This attempt is aided by the fantastic acting peppered throughout (I say peppered because for every Kevin Spacey there's an Alec Baldwin.)
By far, the best performance of the movie is given by Al Pacino, who plays the only successful salesman in the place. Before this, I was not a fan of Mr. Pacino's, and I offer that with the greatest respect possible. He is a spectacular actor (as shown in a very small way here), but I had always been rather terrified of him due to his performance in the movie "The Devil's Advocate". I am beyond that now, and hope to see more of his films.

So if nothing else, watch this movie for the performances. If you really think about it though, there is nothing else to watch it for.

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originally posted: 12/04/99 10:01:04
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User Comments

1/22/18 Todd Great movie! Fantastieastic! 5 stars
12/17/13 Dane Youssef Mamet touches up his own photographed play and helps to make one of the greatest films ever 5 stars
11/12/10 PAUL SHORTT ENTERTAINING ADAPTATION WITH BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES 4 stars
8/20/07 mr.mike entire cast hits it out of the ballpark 4 stars
6/17/07 Joe Blow Opehila13 needs to take a writing class, or ten. 3 stars
5/30/07 Gordon Curry PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN! 5 stars
5/05/06 dionwr Great play--which makes only an okay film 4 stars
5/05/06 Uri Lessing Alec Baldwin is amazing 5 stars
5/03/06 MP Bartley Priceless acting and scripting. 4 stars
5/02/06 Ryan_A Oooh...steak knives... 5 stars
5/02/06 PaulBryant Not filmed brilliantly, but with Lemmon, Pacino, Baldwin, Spacey, Arkin, etc... who cares? 4 stars
5/02/06 David Cornelius Third place is you're fired. 5 stars
5/02/06 William Goss I musta missed something here. 3 stars
5/02/06 Alex Paquin Great dialogue 5 stars
5/02/06 EricDSnider Pretty effing good 5 stars
5/02/06 HBS-SH Zooey's Dad's Defoe Adaptation 5 stars
10/11/05 Agent Sands Whether it has any glitches or not's unimportant what with its famously infectious dialogue 5 stars
6/07/05 Steve Newman What a great film - you can beleive these salesman and would hate to meet them for real 4 stars
6/04/05 Bob Gross If you are in sales this is a must see. Badwin's sales contest speech is the bomb 5 stars
5/08/05 Bluto Lemmon was incredible 5 stars
4/19/05 Indrid Cold Not for all tastes, but quite possibly the most dazzling dialogue-thick movie of all time. 5 stars
5/31/04 Kevin Farkas Acting, cinematography, and dialogue at its very best. 5 stars
5/16/04 KRG1 Superb performances across the board...screenplay is captivating 5 stars
2/19/04 john Mamet's script is hypnotic - the cast is superb- good stuff 5 stars
2/12/04 Shams Huque What a cast! 5 stars
2/06/04 J. MICKIE MARONI PUT A STOP PAYMENT ON THE CHECK: WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT. JUST PUT A STOP PAYMENT ON THE C 4 stars
1/19/04 fuck you care This film is a cinematic masterpiece in every way. SEE IT. 5 stars
6/07/03 margie horrible movie 1 stars
4/14/03 berserker great dialougue, funny shit. 5 stars
4/11/03 Jack Bourbon One of the best movies, ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. EVER. (PATEL? FUCK YOU!!!) 5 stars
9/22/02 vic tran awsome portrayal of the business world...must see!! charaters are awsome..!.. 5 stars
8/24/02 KMG SUCKED 1 stars
7/25/02 JAKE GREATEST ACTING EVER. 5 stars
7/08/02 Henry Ginsberg that dumbass lemon again HES GAY 5 stars
6/02/02 davey mac holy shit this is good! Coffee is for closers!! 5 stars
4/05/02 Edfink Lombardo Powerhouse performances...Brilliant dialogue...I didn't want it to end...Mamet's best 5 stars
12/05/01 Skip Young One of the best films of the 90's. Mamet's masterpiece. 5 stars
11/11/01 Mark Wentowski Best acting from entire cast ever seen. 5 stars
10/06/01 adam Al and Jack at their best. Alec too for that matter. Highly profane yet great script. 5 stars
8/30/01 Henry Ginsberg One of Jack Lemon's finest performances.Great support acting by Kevin Spacey. 5 stars
8/19/01 Alan Brown this film is a dialouge masterpiece! 5 stars
8/01/01 sarah poor sad jack lemmon. what a great movie. 5 stars
4/23/01 Skip Young Hard as nails. Perfect! 5 stars
2/13/01 Jake What a gem! Baldwin shows why quality is more powerful than quantity 5 stars
2/06/01 Amir Samad Can watch this movie again and again 5 stars
2/06/01 Classicdog Great cast, great script, very good film. One of the best. 4 stars
9/28/00 Ed F Alec Baldwin's 5 minutes in this movie make up one of the most memorable scenes of all time 5 stars
9/11/00 sixfootglass81 one of the finest scripts ever written. four actors could've won oscars for this movie. 5 stars
6/28/00 malcolm great performances throughout. NO weak acting in this one. 4 stars
5/26/00 Add Gritty, intense, powerful and totally David Mamet. This is a classic. 5 stars
4/19/00 gary danko Your reviewer would not enjoy the play the film is a superb adaptation 5 stars
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  29-Sep-1992 (R)

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Directed by
  James Foley

Written by
  David Mamet

Cast
  Al Pacino
  Ed Harris
  Jack Lemmon
  Kevin Spacey
  Alan Arkin
  Alec Baldwin



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