Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Director: James Foley
Glengarry Glen Ross is a movie about desperate salesman all trying to get leads to sales so that they can make more money. This movie has a stellar cast, let me list a few names and you tell me if this sounds amazing: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Jack Lemmon. Yeah got your attention huh? Who new a movie about a bunch of old white guys could be so good?
First of all, the best part of the movie by far… the dialogue. I was fascinated at how good the dialogue for this movie was, I honestly believe that this movie ranks among one of the best in dialogue. In fact, the entire movie was dialogue, at almost no point in this movie was there silence, there was always someone talking. Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon delivered some of the best dialogue on screen.
I also really loved Alec Baldwin’s performance. He was literally only in the movie for about five minutes but his performance was spectacular and it was very realistic and very entertaining. He set the tone for the rest of the movie, after his long speech, we know these salesman are in trouble.
The plot for the movie was very good as well. It’s rare that a movie can be in such a small time frame but be so good. Most movies are a collection of several days or weeks or months, but the timeline for this movie was less than 24 hours there are very few movies with such a short timeline, and even fewere that manage to make the movie good. I loved that the plot was so compact and the director made that choice, it took balls.
In the end, I recommend this movie if you like sharp dialogue and a good plot. It’s definitely a solid movie and a good watch.
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