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The Monday Movie – Glengarry Glen Ross

If there’s one film that serves as a veritable acting masterclass, it is surely Glengarry Glen Ross.

The 1992 film was directed by James Foley and written by the inimitable David Mamet, based on his own 1983 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning stage play of the same name.

It tells the story of two turbulent days in the lives of four real-estate salesmen and , as their high-pressure world starts to crumble around them, a process fuelled by their own arrogance and insecurity, together with the loathing they feel towards their bosses and their disdain for potential clients.

The stage version of Glengarry Glen Ross is quite short, running just a little over an hour, so for the film, Mamet added an introductory scene written especially for Alec Baldwin. He plays corporate trouble-shooter Blake, who is sent to the sales office by company bosses Mitch and Murray to “motivate” the salesman – in other words bully, threaten and humiliate them and warn them that if they don’t up their game, they’ll be out on the street.

In a cast of acting heavyweights (Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey (in one of his first major film roles), Ed Harris, Alan Arkin), Baldwin’s scene arguably steals the film.

Here it is in all its menacing, foul-mouthed glory.

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