February 22, 2008

The best movie you've never heard of

It's called Glengarry Glen Ross. Maybe you have heard of it It was a box office megabomb (grossed $10M, cost $12M to make) but was critcally well received. Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin and Jonathan Pryce.
Like what you hear so far?

Glengarry Glen Ross is based on a play by David Mamet, and the movie is a lot like a play on screen. The script is like a gift from heaven, and the actors make it sound like a poem or a jazz concert. Al Pacino is the hotshot salesman with a knack for swindling people into buying property they can't afford. Jack Lemmon is the veteran who's fell on a string of bad luck. Ed Harris plays a rogue emloyee who plots to rob the office. Alan Arkin is more of a straight shooter and a yes-man than anything. Kevin Spacey is the hard ass office manager, and Alec Baldwin is a young executive sent by the company presidents to motivate the sales squad. There isn't a single female character. I think that's supposed to show that it's a man's world or whatever.
Some reviews I read on Netflix say that the film will only be interesting to people who find sales and Wall Street and the like interesting. I couldn't disagree more. Glengarry Glen Ross has as universal of a message as anything I've seen. It's about desparate actions in the face of adversity. It's a movie for anyone who works for a living.

Who am I kidding? I don't know what it's about. I know you you should see it though.


Dabiv Dagis said...

For more play-to-movie madness, I strongly reccomend "Streamers" and "SubUrbia" (the one from the mid-90s directed by Richard Linklater, not the 80s one although that one is okay too)