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Reel Reviews – Glengarry Glen Ross

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Reel Review #44: “PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN. Coffee is for closers only.” Glengarry Glen Ross is the kind of film that burns itself in your memory. Terrific performances by a cast including Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and Jack Lemmon. “You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is.”

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16 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Glengarry Glen Ross”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 JR Sep 2nd, 2005 at 5:45 am

    My all time fave movie there Mike! A couple of friends and myself can quote lines from this one verbatim!

    “Ooh let me buy you a piece of gum, I’ll show you how to chew it!”

    An amazing movie with blistering dialogue and some incredible performances. Jack Lemmon is simply superb. Pacino at his best. Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, a stunning cameo from Baldwin… I can watch this flick over and over.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Michael Sep 2nd, 2005 at 6:54 am

    JR,

    Great line. There are so many great lines you don’t know what to do with them all. “You see, that’s thinking.”

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Kevin Crossman Sep 2nd, 2005 at 12:21 pm

    I definitely will check out this movie again, especially since I now work for a sales company (in an IT role…).

    It would be great if there were some clips of the dialogue from this movie. Is that a rights issue?

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Eric Sep 5th, 2005 at 10:12 am

    Thanks to this podcast I just ordered the 2Disc Special Edition that will be released mid-september. Your recommendation are always good, keep up the good work :).

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Leigh Older Sep 5th, 2005 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve knew of a sales manager that played this for his people in a fortune 500 company and he got into a pile of trouble. Too bad, as I think anyone in the sales trade should see this as textbook entertainment. Regardless of trade, what a masterpiece. I’m eager for the new DVD set.

    Leigh

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 moze Sep 7th, 2005 at 7:36 pm

    I am with you on SPARTAN. freakin tremendous!

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Brian Sep 8th, 2005 at 3:36 pm

    What a fantastic movie. Often overlooked, even by people that consider themselves film fans.

    I agree that Jack Lemon’s performance makes the move: It’s the most memorable to me of all of them, though all of the cast members do a bang up job from Ed Harris to Kevin Spacey to Pachino…

    However, I don’t think Lemon’s performance was “honey sweet” as you describe it. I’d choose the term heart breaking. This is the tale of a man who is no longer relevant. A man who pretends for a living: “Rose, rose, hold my calls…” It’s the story of a man who tries to bring back his glory days, thinks he has, and ultimately is resigned to being who he is: Basically an unsuccessful nobody who has neglected even those that love him (the wife that he constantly puts off because he is working).

    The performance portrays this perfectly to me; in heart wrenching detail.

    I love this movie and quote it from time to time with coworkers who have seen it.

    Keep up the Reel Reviews. I’ve particularly enjoyed this one, Swimming With Sharks, and Scarface.

    Brian.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 ctyankee Sep 13th, 2005 at 6:28 pm

    Some really terrific and interesting comments!

    Brian, I particularly liked reading yours.

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Dan Klass Sep 16th, 2005 at 7:51 am

    Man, I LOVE this movie!

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 George L Smyth Oct 6th, 2005 at 9:15 am

    I went ahead and rented this movie because of the review and was completely blown away. I give four stars to only the best movies I see, which average perhaps one every three or four years. This is a four star movie without any hesitation. The cast is one of the strongest I have ever seen, and I am trying to think of a movie where I was more impressed with Jack Lemmon – I don’t think there is one.

    Thanks so much for the pointer to this movie, it is a must-see for any lover of great films.

    Cheers –

    george

  11. Gravatar Icon 11 Brooklyn Bluesman Oct 17th, 2005 at 9:22 pm

    This was i feel the best of David Mamet’s screenplays. It would make a great podcast in it’s own right due to the power of the well-written dialogue. David Mamet is to scripts, what Elvis Costello is to lyrics.

  12. Gravatar Icon 12 Fiona Dec 27th, 2005 at 7:41 am

    Hi,

    I’ve just started listening and I loved your review! I agree completely with what you said. I always remember Jack Lemmon’s performance the most. It’s the heart of the movie in more ways than one. The scene that always sticks in my memory and breaks my heart is the end of the one you mentioned, where Ricky reveals that he learnt the most from Shelley. It means so much to Shelley, but he already knows he’s been caught. Heartbreaking, but very realistic. Mamet really knows how to rip your heart out but leave you begging for more.

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