Starring: Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin
Director: James Foley
A team of real estate sales people are told that only the top two sales people will keep their jobs, and they have about 24 hours to make a sale. But some of them feel that they can’t make a sale without decent leads, and a plot to get a hold of the leads held back leads to criminal doings. But who really took them?
Based on a hugely popular 1984 play by David Mamet, the play is full of snappy dialogue and takes a cynical look at the world of business.
Why Is It A Must See? Every member of the cast is an excellent performer, and seeing them all in one place, chewing up the scenery is really something. Spacey still has quite a baby face here, and a mean streak, and Lemmon is endearing and tragic as a man desperate to keep the job that’s barely covering the money the hospital is demanding for his daughters care. Every one has their story and their motivation, which means that when the leads are found to be missing, you really don’t know who it was.
It also has some incredibly snappy dialogue, some great one liners, especially when it comes to business or sales speak. The scene where Baldwin’s character swoops in and delivers the crushing news, as well what you could call a pep talk if you’re a bit backwards, is a classic scene, often quoted.
I think the impact of this film lies in the way it shows sales or the way business is run as ultimately futile and dehumanising (at least in this context), and how that creates desperation that pushes people to do things the wrong way, but I’d love to hear what you think if you watch it or have seen it? Leave a comment below.
See It If: you have ever worked in sales! It’s intense.