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Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley, USA, 1992) August 11, 2006

Posted by Daniel Stephens in : Comedy, 1990s, Drama, Film reviews , trackback

Dir. James Foley; screenplay by David Mamet; starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Jonathan Pryce

One word to sum up this brilliant film: captivating. From its opening shot of Jack Lemmon and Ed Harris in the adjacent phone booths, to the closing credits, Foley’s film grips its audience and demands your full and unwavering attention.

Mamet’s scintillating script of desperate men and the bottom line, of commerce and life, of winning and losing, needs no superlatives attached to it – it’s already won a Pulitzer Prize in its first incarnation as a theatrical play. Yet here it is given a defining life, immortalised on film by some fabulous performances. Not only do we get hard-talking Ed Harris and the hilarious Alan Arkin, but Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon sparring off each other like they were born to work together.

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