History Theatre / GlengarryGlenRoss

12th Apr '17 2:25:47 PM FordPrefect
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* ViciousCycle: The salesmen complain that they're stuck in one. They get bad leads and can't make sales with them, so they keep getting bad leads because they're not making sales. Blake counters that a real salesman could make sales with bad leads.

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* ViciousCycle: The salesmen complain that they're stuck in one. They get bad leads and can't make sales with them, so they keep getting bad leads because they're not making sales. Blake counters that a real salesman could ''could'' make sales with bad leads.
12th Apr '17 2:21:46 PM FordPrefect
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Riding high on his recent sale, Shelly's decides to kick Williamson while he's down by delivering a completely redundant tongue-lashing. In his arrogance, however, he lets slip [[spoiler:an incriminating bit of knowledge proving that he robbed the office]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Riding high on his recent sale, Shelly's Shelly decides to kick Williamson while he's down by delivering a completely redundant tongue-lashing. In his arrogance, however, he lets slip [[spoiler:an incriminating bit of knowledge proving that he robbed the office]].
28th Feb '17 7:11:22 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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Notable for its flagrant use of profanity (which caused the cast and crew to refer to the movie as "[[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Death of a Fucking Salesman]]"), no-holds-barred take on human savagery in sales, and shockingly honest portrayal of human nature. The film is still used by corporate sales training programs to demonstrate the "right" and "wrong" ways to make a sale.

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Notable for its flagrant use of profanity (which caused the cast and crew to refer to the movie as "[[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Death of a Fucking Fuckin' Salesman]]"), no-holds-barred take on human savagery in sales, and shockingly honest portrayal of human nature. The film is still used by corporate sales training programs to demonstrate the "right" and "wrong" ways to make a sale.
27th Feb '17 4:37:12 PM eroock
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Blake tells everybody exactly what is needed to succeed in the Real Estate business, and he isn't polite about it. It's abrasive, full of {{Cluster F-Bomb}}s, and it makes it clear to everyone in sales just what is necessary to succeed.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Blake tells everybody exactly what is needed to succeed in the Real Estate business, and he isn't polite about it. It's abrasive, full of {{Cluster F-Bomb}}s, [[ClusterFBomb Cluster F-Bombs]], and it makes it clear to everyone in sales just what is necessary to succeed.
27th Feb '17 4:36:28 PM eroock
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Blake tells everybody exactly what is needed to succeed in the Real Estate business, and he isn't polite about it. It's abrasive, full of ClusterFBombs, and it makes it clear to everyone in sales just what is necessary to succeed.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Blake tells everybody exactly what is needed to succeed in the Real Estate business, and he isn't polite about it. It's abrasive, full of ClusterFBombs, {{Cluster F-Bomb}}s, and it makes it clear to everyone in sales just what is necessary to succeed.


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%%* RealEstateScam
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.
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