"Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for closers only."
At a glance:
David Mamet’s pen yields an uncompromising, highly charged drama about struggling real estate salesmen
Our review (with spoilers):
GGR is an intimate, highly charged look at a small real estate office and the men who toil there. Working with bottom of the barrel leads, they try to sell land in Arizona. It sounds like an obvious scam, but they manage to make it palatable – even as they, for the most part, fail to close. The one exception is hot shot Ricky Roma (Al Pacino). His performance garnered the Oscar nomination, but the entire cast (Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, and Alec Baldwin) are fantastic. The unique, stylized, repetitive staccato dialogue penned by David Mamet is used to reveal the vicious underbelly of real estate sales. Almost all of the Mamet writing is gold, but one scene in particular is top shelf: when Ed Harris and Alan Arkin are speaking about – but definitely not talking about - stealing the prized Glengarry leads.
Rating: 3 of 4
Other reviewers said:
"Words fly with the speed and impact of bullets."
- Phil Villarreal [Arizona Daily Star]