100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME – 97: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

by Brek the David


Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Director: James Foley Screenplay: David Mamet Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey OSCAR COUNT (0) – Al Pacino was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the same year he won for Scent of a Woman.

I’ve never seen a film that takes place on what amount to three sets, an office, a restaurant, and briefly inside a car and be sheer greatness like Glengarry Glen Ross. Of course it makes sense since David Mamet bases it off his play of the same name. Of course it helps when you have a cast like this:

Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce, and Alec Baldwin

David Mamet’s screenplay is quite brilliant as it is only dialogue that advances the plot. Of course this isn’t a unique ability, but Mamet’s proficiency with conversation ranks among the best in the world, and Glengarry Glen Ross is his greatest work that I’ve seen. As for the performances, Jack Lemmon absolutely owns every scene he’s in, and Shelly Levine might be his best performance ever. That’s saying a lot considering the great Mr. Lemmon’s resume. Everyone is great in this ensemble cast, and it might be the greatest overall performance of an ensemble cast in the history of film. Everyone is at the top of his game, even a young Alec Baldwin, who at the time wasn’t as good as he is now. Really Baldwin would steal the show if Lemmon wasn’t so fascinatingly acting his ass off in every scene. Baldwin’s now classic “motivational” speech to the deadbeat real estate agents is the stuff of legend.

DID YOU KNOW? – On set the cast referred to the film as “Death of a Fuckin’ Salesman”



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