History Theatre / GlengarryGlenRoss

6th Feb '17 11:13:12 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* Ricky Roma: A hotshot and the current highest-selling salesman.
* Dave Moss: A frequent complainer. Not as good a salesman as Roma, who he resents.
* George Aaronow: A poor salesman and follower who cannot stand up for himself.
* Shelly "The Machine" Levene: A once-great salesman who has fallen upon a streak of "bad luck".

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* Ricky Roma: Roma (Pacino): A hotshot and the current highest-selling salesman.
* Dave Moss: Moss (Harris): A frequent complainer. Not as good a salesman as Roma, who he resents.
* George Aaronow: Aaronow (Arkin): A poor salesman and follower who cannot stand up for himself.
* Shelly "The Machine" Levene: Levene (Lemmon): A once-great salesman who has fallen upon a streak of "bad luck".
11th Jan '17 3:45:13 PM benda
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** Little as we get of him in the film, Blake probably tops them all.
16th Dec '16 1:11:28 PM eedwardgrey3
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* NeverMyFault: The salesmen attribute all their failures to bad leads or bad luck and all their successes to their skills. They also think the exact ''opposite'' about each other.
26th Oct '16 7:33:45 AM FictionFan101
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* BaitTheDog: Moss invites Aaronow out with him in what appears to be a PetTheDog moment. At first it looks like an attempt to lift the struggling Aaronow's spirits, until it is slowly revealed to be a premeditated manipulation to get him to steal the new leads so that Moss can sell them to a competitor. As their conversation goes on, Moss eventually resorts to blackmail to coerce Aaronow into becoming an accomplice. [[spoiler: It doesn't work and Moss has to settle for Shelley instead.]]


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* ManipulativeBastard: Played straight with Ricky Roma. The other salesmen try to be this with mixed results.


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* RedHerring: The conversation during the night as well as his behavior the following morning all indicate that Aaronow cooperated with Moss' scheme to steal the leads. [[spoiler: Actually it was Shelley who was Moss' accomplice.]]


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* ThrowTheDogABone: Brutally subverted with Shelley. The poor guy spends the first half of the story as the office ButtMonkey before he's finally able to close a good sale that lets him regain his much needed confidence. [[spoiler: Later, however, not only does he accidentally incriminate himself in a robbery, but he also discovers that said sale was worthless.]] Happens twice in the original stage production. [[spoiler: In both versions, Roma comforts Shelley by praising him for his skill and earlier success and proposes that they form a partnership. In the film this is a genuine PetTheDog moment on Roma's part, but in the play it's revealed that Roma - who is unaware of the latter's fate - is playing Shelley because he wants in on the good leads he assumes he'll be getting.]]
22nd Oct '16 5:21:37 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CanonImmigrant: Blake didn't appear in the play. Creator/DavidMamet created him especially for the film.
18th Sep '16 11:58:57 PM ExtrovertFederalist
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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Levene is sanguine, Roma is choleric, Moss is melancholic, Aaranow is phlegmatic.

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Levene is sanguine, Roma is and Moss are choleric, Moss Williamson is melancholic, Aaranow is phlegmatic.
23rd Aug '16 10:47:58 AM NotThisThing
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* George Aaranow: A poor salesman and follower who cannot stand up for himself.

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* George Aaranow: Aaronow: A poor salesman and follower who cannot stand up for himself.
19th Jun '16 2:09:33 PM RaiderDuck
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*** Some recent productions have included Blake's scene, somewhat modified, as a monologue to the audience before Scene 1, partly because it's an awesome monologue, and partly because some first-time playgoers who have only seen the film have complained about an "edited" play if it's not included.
** Levene's failed house call is also a new sequence, to illustrate how worthless the leads really are; it really drives home the hopelessness and desperation Shelly feels [[spoiler: that drives him into trying to steal the Glengarry leads]].

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*** Some recent productions have included Blake's scene, somewhat modified, as a monologue to the audience before Scene 1, partly because it's an awesome monologue, and partly because some first-time playgoers who have only seen the film have complained about an "edited" will assume the play has been edited if it's not included.
** Levene's failed house call is also a new sequence, to illustrate how worthless the Rio Rancho leads really are; it really drives home the hopelessness and desperation Shelly feels [[spoiler: that drives him into trying to steal the Glengarry leads]].
16th Jun '16 10:00:45 AM RaiderDuck
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* InJoke: At one point, Levene refers to Moss as an "order taker." While this phrase likely won't mean anything to the average person, it's a ''huge'' insult in the sales world: it means the person you sold your product to wanted to buy it anyway, and you merely took their order. In other words, the implication is you didn't actually ''sell'' anything, and anyone could have done what you did.
16th Jun '16 9:24:06 AM RaiderDuck
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* Dave Moss: A frequent complainer.

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* Dave Moss: A frequent complainer. Not as good a salesman as Roma, who he resents.



*** Some recent productions have included Blake's scene, somewhat modified, as a monologue to the audience before Scene 1, partly because it's an awesome monologue, and partly because some first-time playgoers who have only seen the film have complained about an "edited" play if it's not included.



* TheAntagonist: Ostensibly Williamson, since he holds the coveted Glengarry leads but won't let his salesmen have them unless they close on the Glen Ross leads first (which are worthless). But he's not evil, he's [[PunchClockVillain just doing his job]] and following orders from corporate.

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* TheAntagonist: Ostensibly Williamson, since he holds the coveted Glengarry leads but won't let his salesmen have them unless they close on the Glen Ross Rio Rancho leads first (which are worthless). But he's not evil, he's [[PunchClockVillain just doing his job]] and following orders from corporate.



* BlatantLies: Moss spends a great deal of time talking up Jerry Graff to Aaronow and saying how successful Graff is; if Graff actually were successful, he wouldn't need to [[spoiler: expose himself to Theft and Conspiracy charges by paying Moss and an accomplice to break into Premiere Properties and steal the Glengarry leads.]]



** The true Butt Monkey is probably Levene. Who A. Is singled out for pouring coffee during the Baldwin scene. B. Begs Williamson for the Glengarry leads, with a major loss for him, and doesn't even get them. C. He's the only person we see chasing the worthless Glen Ross leads, which of course go nowhere. D. When he finally does close, [[spoiler: it doesn't mean anything because Williamson describes the people as insane people who commit to fake deals all the time]] and E. [[spoiler: He presumably gets sent to jail in the ending.]]

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** The true Butt Monkey is probably Levene. Who A. Is singled out for pouring coffee during the Baldwin scene. B. Begs Williamson for the Glengarry leads, with a major loss for him, and doesn't even get them. C. He's the only person we see chasing the worthless Glen Ross Rio Rancho leads, which of course go nowhere. D. When he finally does close, [[spoiler: it doesn't mean anything because Williamson describes the people as insane people who commit to fake deals all the time]] and E. [[spoiler: He presumably gets sent to jail in the ending.]]



* TheGhost: Mitch and Murry, the corporate heads who drive the whole shebang.

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* TheGhost: Mitch and Murry, Murray, the corporate heads who drive the whole shebang.shebang.
** Also Jerry Graff, head of a competing firm.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Moss, after his and Ricky's shouting match. [[spoiler: Probably a cover for Moss getting out of town before the police can question him.]]



* SoleSurvivor: Considering all the other salesmen are in a load of trouble in the end, then by default [[spoiler:Aaranow]] is the one who wins the contest and gets to keep his job.

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* SoleSurvivor: Considering all the other salesmen are in a load of trouble in the end, then by default [[spoiler:Aaranow]] [[spoiler:Aaronow]] is the one who wins the contest and gets to keep his job.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Levene's first name is spelled "Shelly" in the original play, but "Shelley" in the film.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We never find out where Rio Rancho is, or any of the other pieces of real estate these guys are selling.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We never find out where Rio Rancho is, Glengarry Highlands or Glen Ross Farms are, or any of the other pieces of real estate these guys are selling.selling.
** The Rio Rancho land is presumably located in Arizona, as Aaronow and Moss both pretend to be from Arizona when calling those leads.



* WordSaladTitle: The title sounds like gibberish, and even after you watch the play or movie you still might not understand the full meaning. It combines the best (Glengarry) and worst (Glen Ross) estates that Ricky Roma has come across to sell, apparently representing the highs and lows of a salesman's life, or life in general.

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* WordSaladTitle: The title sounds like gibberish, and even after you watch the play or movie you still might not understand the full meaning. It combines the best of the new (Glengarry) and worst old (Glen Ross) estates that Ricky Roma has come across to sell, apparently representing the highs and lows high points of a salesman's life, or life in general.
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