Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Adapted from David Mamet's 1984 play of the same name, Glengarry Glen Rose (1992) was critically acclaimed with highly positive reviews by most of the major critics, although it failed commercially, only making $10.7 million for $12.5 million budget. The film directed by James Foley, produced by Jerry Tokofsky and Stanley R. Zupnik, and starring Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, and Jonathan Pryce.
The story of the film follows the lives of four salesman in a New York real estate office. They are Shelley Levene (Jack Lemmon), Ricky Roma (Al Pacino), George Aaronow (Alan Arkin), and Dave Moss (Ed Harris). The owner of the office sent Blake (Alec Baldwin) to motivate them by given a strong incentive in a sales contest, with first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, and second prize is a set of steak knives. A tough competition among them to win the prize led to dishonest tactics to make sales.
Glengarry Glen Ross had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and opened in regular release on October 2, 1992. Previously, David Mamet's original play opened in 1983 at the National Theatre of London, then at New York's the John Golden Theater on 25 March, 1984 and running for 378 performances. The play won the 1984 Tony Award for Best Play, and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The title refers to Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms, two properties mentioned in the movie/play.
Glengarry Glen Ross had three weeks of rehearsals and was shot over 39 days, almost entirely in sequence, single takes, and then cut up in editing to try to replicate the theatrical flow and cadence of the dialogue. Filming began in August 1991 on location in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and at the Kaufman Astoria Soundstage in Queens, New York. Al Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film but did not win. Instead, he won the Best Actor Oscar for Scent of a Woman in the same year (1992).