Saturday, January 30, 2010

Top 100 movies of the '90s: #8

8. Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992
Dir: James Foley
Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon

A... B... C... always be closing... by the time Alec Baldwin's character finishes his monologue to officially jumpstart the movie, it's already pretty obvious that we're in for a treat. Yes, Glengarry Glen Ross is nothing more than a couple of actors at their prime giving the performances of their lives but... wait... what the hell more could you ask for?

Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino... an unbelievable all-male cast turns the heat up on this yell-a-thon. These people are desperate real estate salesmen and if they aren't one of the top two sellers in their firm than they're fired. A lot is at stake here. When it isn't Alec Baldwin taking control of the screen, it's Jack Lemmon nailing the role of the older, experienced, yet out of touch salesman. He hasn't been making any sales because he doesn't have any leads! He needs the leads! And then you have Al Pacino tearing Kevin Spacey a new asshole because he lost him a customer. Yes, each scene after the next is just amazing to watch unfold as these actors give 100% into this material.

They are allowed to give 100% because Glengarry Glen Ross happens to be written by one of the master screenwriters, David Mamet. The movie is based off his play and that's pretty easy to tell. The movie basically is a play on screen just with real settings. But it's an acting tour de force and that's why it's worthy of being this high on the list. I can a personal thrill watching a few of my favorite actors go all out like this. All the action in the movie comes with the words. Hardly anything happens in the movie, yet the movie is so thrilling to watch. That can only be a testament to an amazing script and actors.

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