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Glengarry Glen Ross

Released 1992
Distributor New Line Cinema

Director James Foley’s adaptation of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning play was a box office flop but has gained in stature due to its remarkable cast and viciously funny set-pieces  (Alec Baldwin’s “Always Be Closing” is kissing cousin to Gordon Gecko’s “Greed is Good”). The pressure cooker plot about four real estate agents fighting for their jobs in a claustrophobic Chicago office space is punctuated by Mamet’s memorably mean-spirited dialogue which is delivered by some of the finest actors of the time including Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin and Kevin Spacey. Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award and Lemmon was voted Best Actor by the National Board of Review.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.