Amazing with all the sales jobs I have had I have never seen Glengarry Glen Ross. I do know the big Alec Baldwin scene from listing to the Dan LeBatard show for years. I’ve been waiting to catch it for cheap on DVD or on one of my movie channels but just never have. Until recently. I do hope one of my secondary bucket list movies lives up to the hype. Funny enough, one of the best Simpson characters was inspired by the movie as well, I didn’t know that until reading about the movie after watching it.
So let’s get into the movie, shall we?
The set is an office, where four salesmen are complaining about poor leads, something I know of all too well, personally. Ed Harris is by far the most vocal of the group, and soon, Alec Baldwin is out to give the group a challenge, the famous “First Prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, Second prize is a set of Steak Knives, third prize is your fired.” One of the best scenes on film, and makes a similar scene in Boiler Room pale in comparison- and I love Boiler Room. One member of the group is not there, Al Pacino, who is in a nearby Bar and Grill taking to- The High Sparrow! Pacino skips the meeting to make the sale. The Glengary leads have arrived at the office, but Kevin Spacey is not about to give them out to the salesforce due to their inability to close sales. Ed Harris has an idea to succeed. But that’s for the rest of the movie.
This movie is off a stageplay, so the acting is close in, and more often than not, 2 or 3 men at most talking to each other. This works for this movie like few others, as everyone in this movie is stunning. Even Al Pacino doesn’t chew scenery in this one. Kevin Spacey doesn’t overact, just everyone is dropping bombs and then walks off, this movie is magnificently shot, from the drab colors in the office to the bright colors outside. I mean the High Sparrow for Game of Thrones is even in this one. The plot from Ed Harris is almost secondary to the conversations of the men the next morning.
Glengarry Glen Ross is an easy 10 movie from me, and even if you have never worked in sales before, the movie doesn’t require you to know anything to appreciate how things are.
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