Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

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Director: James Foley

Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris

     
 

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David Mamet's writing style, a sort of vulgar poetry, will not appeal to everyone, and that has never been more evident than in Glengarry Glen Ross, now released as a two-disc special edition for its tenth anniversary from Artisan. If you can handle Mamet's abrasive (though riveting) dialogue, which can be very challenging, then this movie -- and DVD -- is for

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David Mamet's writing style, a sort of vulgar poetry, will not appeal to everyone, and that has never been more evident than in Glengarry Glen Ross, now released as a two-disc special edition for its tenth anniversary from Artisan. If you can handle Mamet's abrasive (though riveting) dialogue, which can be very challenging, then this movie -- and DVD -- is for you. Though labeled a special edition, there are some immediate problems. The main issue is that the supplements from the original laserdisc release are not included, those being commentary tracks from director James Foley and actor Jack Lemmon. On this disc there is a track from Foley, but it amounts to only specific scenes (around 25 minutes' worth), and is far from complete. What this disc does offer, though, is nice, including a half-hour "talking heads" documentary on real and reel salesmen, with an in-depth discussion of what it takes to work this daunting trade. The video is rather harsh though, making it difficult to watch at times. Also at 30 minutes is a nice featurette called "Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon," in which associates of this legend reminisce about their time with him. In addition are some scene-specific commentaries from cinematographer Juan Ruiz-Anchia, actors Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin, and production designer Jane Musky. Each runs around 20 minutes, and some are far more interesting than others. These extras are rounded off with cast and crew biographies and filmographies, production notes, and a very odd, but interesting vintage black-and-white documentary called J. Roy: New and Used Furniture. If that weren't enough there are also brief clips of Lemmon from the The Charlie Rose Show and Kevin Spacey from Inside the Actors Studio. As for the image, this is where Artisan really went out of their way. On the first disc is an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer and the second disc contains a cropped pan-and-scan version. Both are stunning to look at. The transfers are impeccable with strong blacks, and a reproduction of the specific color scheme that is so memorable for this film. There are no significant signs of grain, scratches or other distracting elements. The sound is quite good too. The widescreen disc contains both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks (the pan-and-scan version only has the Dolby Digital track), and while they are basically centered up front, they still come across with excellent clarity. While not a perfect disc, this is one that could have easily slipped through the cracks. Fortunately, that was not the case.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jeffrey Iorio
Asking David Mamet to improve on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play sounds like a fairly tall order. However, that's precisely what the writer did with 1993's big-screen adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross, an unrelenting tale of social Darwinism involving a quartet of doomed real estate shysters desperately searching for the next sale. For the screenplay, Mamet wisely added the character Blake (Alec Baldwin), a shark from the firm's downtown office, who succinctly conveys the pressure and desperation endured by the salesmen. The role could well be the finest ten minutes of Baldwin's career, an epithet-laced tirade during which he insults the sales team so mercilessly that one wonders how they'll ever recover. The film is also blessed with one of the finest casts in recent memory. Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Spacey -- a crew with five Oscar wins and 18 nominations between them -- masterfully navigate Mamet's rhythmic, rat-a-tat dialogue. (The writer himself once worked as a typist in a Chicago real estate office, and he captures the tragic sound of a floundering sales pitch with brutal perfection.) Some critics have presented Glengarry Glen Ross as little more than a deftly translated stage play, but doing so overlooks the splendid work done by director James Foley. By setting the film on a rainy night, Foley evokes a neo-noir atmosphere in which the men forlornly tote umbrellas from one failed "sit" to the next, crossing wet streets aglow with neon-suffused light. This two-disc set includes an insightful array of extras, including commentaries by Baldwin and Arkin, as well as a clip from The Charlie Rose Show featuring the late Lemmon talking in depth about the production. A strong case can be made for Mamet as the finest screenwriter and playwright of our generation; Glengarry Glen Ross alone makes a compelling argument.
All Movie Guide
Talk is the coin of the realm for salespeople, and this adaptation of David Mamet's play about real estate agents is one of the most densely scripted and verbally rich films ever made. The talk is frank, brutal and often scatalogical; the plot is about surviving in business; the atmosphere is that of a tense locker room. Director James Foley handles all the nuances well, and lets his restless camera create the sensation of movement around a stolid, stagey set. Almost the entire film takes place in one large office. The excellent cast features Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey and Alan Arkin, and they all do yeoman work in this ambitious and unsettling character study about morality, aging, and corruption in a group of mostly over-the-hill white men.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
UPC:
0012236114505
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
1,242

Special Features

Closed Caption; Newly remastered widescreen and full-screen versions; DTS English Digital Surround Sound; 5.1 English Dolby Digital audio; 2.0 English Dolby Digital audio; 2.0 French Dolby Digital audio; Digitally remastered; Interactive menus; English and Spanish subtitles; "A.B.C. (Always Be Closing)": An original documentary tracing the psychological intersection of fictional and real-life salesmen; Tribute to Jack Lemmon; New interviews; New audio commentary by director James Foley; Production notes; Cast and crew biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Ricky Roma
Jack Lemmon Shelley Levene
Ed Harris Dave Moss
Alan Arkin George Aaronow
Kevin Spacey John Williamson
Alec Baldwin Blake
Jonathan Pryce James Lingk
Bruce Altman Mr. Spannel
Jude Ciccolella Detective
Paul Butler Policeman
Lori Tan Chinn Coat Check Girl
Neal Jones Man in Donut Shop

Technical Credits
James Foley Director
William Barclay Art Director
Joseph M. Caracciolo Producer
Robert Franco Set Decoration/Design
Jane Greenwood Costumes/Costume Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Nava Levin Co-producer
David Mamet Screenwriter
Jane Musky Production Designer
Juan Ruiz-Anchia Cinematographer
Morris Ruskin Co-producer
Robert K. Shaw Art Director
Howard E. Smith Editor
Jerry Tokofsky Producer
Stanley R. Zupnik Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title
2. Bad Leads, Bad Strategy
3. "Third Prize Is, You're Fired"
4. No One Can Close These
5. "Something's Wrong With Me"
6. Shelley Needs Help
7. How Much for the Glengarry Leads?
8. "Doctors, Lawyers, Indians"
9. "You're Here to Sell Me Some Land"
10. Someone Should Do Something
11. That Middle-Class Morality
12. Speaking Without Talking
13. Accessory Before the Fact
14. Florida for a New Friend
15. After the Robbery
16. An $82,000 Triumph
17. Nothing but a Secretary
18. "I Have to Cancel the Deal"
19. Whose Life Is It?
20. A Promise of Future Unemployment
21. Who Knew What and Where?
22. "Because I Don't Like You"
23. Machine in a World of Men
24. End Credits
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Main Title
2. Bad Leads, Bad Strategy
3. "Third Prize Is, You're Fired"
4. No One Can Close These
5. "Something's Wrong With Me"
6. Shelley Needs Help
7. How Much for the Glengarry Leads?
8. "Doctors, Lawyers, Indians"
9. "You're Here to Sell Me Some Land"
10. Someone Should Do Something
11. That Middle-Class Morality
12. Speaking Without Talking
13. Accessory Before the Fact
14. Florida for a New Friend
15. After the Robbery
16. An $82,000 Triumph
17. Nothing but a Secretary
18. "I Have to Cancel the Deal"
19. Whose Life Is It?
20. A Promise of Future Unemployment
21. Who Knew What and Where?
22. "Because I Don't Like You"
23. Machine in a World of Men
24. End Credits

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Glengarry Glen Ross 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When this movie originally , was released theatrically , I stayed away from it. The title didn't strike me. But , once I saw it through it's entirety...it blew me away. Ironically , as I get older , I enjoy it more. The actors are phenominal, the screenplay outstanding, and dialog so enthralling that it's literally embedded in your memory that you'll find yourself repeating them either when you watch it over and over , hanging out with a fellow GGGR fan , or just plain out need something witty to say in your own workplace to a fellow smartass.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a classic. You can't beat this movie. If you are in the Sales Business, this movie is definitly for you.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
I admit that I found out about the Glengary Glen Ross movie from an e-mail newsletter affiliated with Jordan Belfort. The Glengary GlenRoss movie caught my attention due to the message on how the film relates to the area of selling (which is common knowledge that it directly affects a person whether they are looking for a job and/or working to keep their job). Anyhow, this movie deals with the extreme measures that people sometimes take in order to provide for themselves and/or their families. It was also good insight seeing the perspective of some areas that a person is faced with when trying to persuade others to buy real estate. The movie also dealt with a touchy subject of whether any employee is to be completely loyal to their fellow higher ranking coworker at the expense of a customer even when treading illegal territory or tell the truth of a situation as it is. Reluctantly, I’ll admit that seeing some of the scenes elicited some uncomfortable memories for me of when my husband and I were both persuaded to purchase a Westgates timeshare during a 2007 Walt Disney World trip (which, I would gently advise against obtaining a timeshare unless you don’t mind the possibility of not being able to sell back a depreciating timeshare like you could a car). Anyhow, what adds strength to this movie are the key teamplayers of the film; The front of the dvd features the names of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Larkin, and Kevin Spacey (with pictures of Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Jack Lemmon featured on the front dvd cover). This two disc set has extra bonuses on each dvd. For instance, disc one is a widescreen edition and has the features of Magic Time; A Tribute To Jack Lemmon. Disc Two is a Full Screen format and has the following special features; ABC-Always Be Closing, J. Roy New and Used Furniture, Bonus Audio Commentary, Clip Archive-The Charlie Rose Show, Clip Archive-Inside The Actors Studio, Cast Biographies, Crew Biographies, and Production Notes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great film about the REALITY of a career in sales. An outstanding cast of actors. Alec Baldwin is mind-blowing in his 60 seconds in this film and Al Pacino is amazing.