Sometimes, simple is best. This film has a simple set up, simple sets, simple story, but far from simple characters and outcomes. FilmMunch highly recommends this 1992 gem to all lovers of movies out there. Glengarry Glen Ross is a film that sticks with you, long after you watch it, it’s a dark comedy that bites. It also earned Al Pacino his second nomination at the Oscars that year.
Al Pacino won his Oscar in 1992 for his performance in Scent of a Woman, but perhaps you may not know, he had a second nomination, that very same year, for his supporting performance in Glengarry Glen Ross. He lost to Gene Hackman for his performance in Unforgiven. Not to be forgotten is Al Pacino as Ricky Roma. The entire cast of Glengarry Glen Ross (GGR) is stellar, just look at the names and you know you’re in for a feast! John Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. Just imagine all these guys in the same room, that’s basically what GGR is. It’s not as powerful and meaningful as 12 Angry Men, but it sure comes close.
We follow 4 real estate agents, eager to make sales, so eager that they take things to another level. The amazingly adapted script from David Mamet’s play, is king here. The characters that deliver this amazingly written script are so likeable and hatable at the same time, and as the movie progresses, we get the opportunity to learn more about what drives them and what motivates them. The question is how far do they go, and who is the one that takes it to the next level? The mystery builds, and the consequences unfold. I found myself laughing a lot in this film, but I also found myself feeling intense pain for the characters, and this is why GGR works, and that is why it is essential that fellow FilmMuncher’s check this out!
Everyone goes through different pressures in life, and everyone experiences tense moments. It is hard sometimes, to think clearly about priorities and so easy to forget about the consequences of various actions. GGR explores these issues and whilst it serves as solid entertainment, it also gives us the chance to ponder over our own reactions to pressure, from wherever it may come.
GGR earns cuisine status and it’s not just because Al Pacino delivers a serious performance, solid script, solid acting and solid dark comedy. Check it out!
TRIVIA COOKIES: This film is often used to train real life salesmen on how to sell and how not to sell. Powerful!
During the days that not all the cast was required for filming, the entire cast would still show up, just to see the performances from the other cast members. Clearly the performances in this film are stellar!
This is one of Kevin Spacey’s breakout roles, previously to this film, he was involved in TV movies and broadway. Al Pacino took the director, James Foley to watch Kevin Spacey on broadway, and that is how he landed his role in this film.