Glengarry Glen Ross
Directed by James Foley
I feel a lot of pressure to adore this film, as I don't think I ever seen a negative review about it. I would just like to read one review slamming this movie, so I am certain human beings aren't programmed to adore this and I have some sort of mechanical error. I didn't think it was terrible by any means, but I am still not sure that I saw a masterpiece.
The owners of Premier Properties send Blake to motivate their salesmen. Blake takes his job pretty serious, and after a rather frightening monologue, he informs the salesmen that only the top two salesmen will receive the Glengarry leads, while the rest of them will be fired. Understandably, the salesmen get a little...desperate.
Everybody raves about the performances in this film and cites the acting as the main reason they like it. The cast is, undoubtedly, extremely talented. While Pacino never impresses me that much (or, at the very least, never seems to live up to the associated hype), I thought Spacey and Baldwin were incredible. Still, did anyone else find this rather dull? I get that it was a stage play, so we aren't going to move around a lot. But with no women and no change of scenery, I felt very trapped. Of course, I am sure this was the intention, to make us feel as claustrophobic as the salesmen. Still, I didn't enjoy the sensation, since I was mostly uninterested in the story.
Apparently, the cast called this "Death of A Fucking Salesman." Honestly, the title is a lot better than "Glengarry Glen Ross." Worth watching for the performances, but still rather boring.
Alec Baldwin based the performance of his monologue on the speech in Patton.
This film is still used to train salesmen.