Death of a SalesmanDirector: Volker Schlöndorff
In 1984, actor Dustin Hoffman starred in a critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of playwright Arthur Miller's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Death of a Salesman. A year later, Hoffman and most of his fellow cast members starred in this made-for-TV production, the first English-language film by German director Volker Schlondorff. Hoffman stars as Willy Loman, an aging salesman who has lost his job because of encroaching senility. Now living on handouts provided by his friend Charley (Charles Durning), Willy's lifelong delusions of success and greatness awaiting just around the corner for he and his family have been shattered, and he's considering suicide. As he reflects on his life and the failed promise of his sons Biff (John Malkovich) and Happy (Stephen Lang), Willy finally confronts some unpleasant truths about both sons, particularly Biff, a one-time athlete who has become a kleptomaniac. One of the best of the many filmed versions of Miller's seminal work, Death of a Salesman (1985) won several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Hoffman.
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- Shout Factory
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Cast & Crew
|Dustin Hoffman||Willy Loman|
|Kate Reid||Linda Loman|
|Linda Kozlowski||Miss Forsythe|
|Arthur Miller||Source Author|
|Michael Nozik||Associate Producer,Production Manager|
|Michael Levine||Camera Operator|
|Ruth Morley||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Robert F. Colesberry||Producer|
|John Kasarda||Production Designer|
|Tony Walton||Production Designer|
|Alex North||Score Composer|
|Robert Franco||Set Decoration/Design|
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I saw this same cast from the first row on Broadway! I took my parents for their 40th wedding anniversary. It was the first time I ever saw my father cry. Dustin and your cast and crew: you can be more than honored.
I really enjoyed watching Death of a Salesman, and it is a great companion to the play. The movie really flowed from scence to scene well, making it very realistic. The scenery was simple and sometimes boring, but this just allowed to movie to really bring out the characteristics and setting of the story. I feel that the portrayol of Willy Loman by Dustin Hoffman was very well done and really contributed positively to the play. The flashbacks that Willy has could have been a little more recognizable since viewers might get a little confused, but otherwise the scenes moved along very smoothly. I think that the movie as a whole really depicted the life of the Loman Family, and showed how strongly the American Dream affected their lives. I think that anyone who enjoyed reading or watching the play should see the movie, and even if you are new to Death of a Salesman, it is an entertaining movie to watch anytime.
i really enjoy the whole movie i even cry so hard,it is now one of my classic movies,not just by the play but also by the acting as well as the meaning of story.