History Theatre / GlengarryGlenRoss

19th Jul '17 7:45:20 AM morenohijazo
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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 [[ClusterFBomb Cluster F-Bombs]], and it makes it clear to everyone in sales just what is necessary to succeed.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint:
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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 [[ClusterFBomb Cluster F-Bombs]], and it makes it clear to everyone in sales just what is necessary to succeed.succeed.
** Levene's comment to Blake on the leads being too weak to fulfill. When he closes a big deal that boosts his confidence once again, [[spoiler: Williamson shoots him down at the end by telling Levene that the lead was a dud and Williamson had known for months. Which means for all their complaining, the main characters were right about being held back by bad leads.]]
*** On the other hand, Shelley either forgot about or didn't read an important memo [[spoiler: "never sell to these people"]] and was too self-deluded [[spoiler: to notice that there was no way his clients had 200 grand lying around to invest in real estate]].


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* UnbuiltTrope: Regarding motivational coaching and its actual usefulness. For all the popularity that Blake's scene has received, one would be surprised upon actually seeing the film to find out that it was a complete failure: it didn't help the protagonists to make good sales, only to make more ''bad'' sales, and eventually perform a theft that resulted in two of them getting arrested. Blake's speech focused only on motivation and failed to acknowledge the protagonists' real problems: they lack the necessary skill and they ''are'' being held back by bad leads. Giving them motivation, and ''only'' motivation, would not help if they still don't know ''how'' to sell and their leads are bad anyway.
14th Jul '17 1:23:24 PM xcountryguy
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** 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]].

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** 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 [[spoiler:that drives him into trying to steal the Glengarry leads]].



-->'''Aaronow''': I meet Gestapo tactics...I meet Gestapo tactics...That's not right... No man has the right to..."Call an attorney," that means you're guilt... you're under sus..."Co...," he says, "cooperate" or we'll go downtown. That's not...as long as I've...

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-->'''Aaronow''': I meet Gestapo tactics... I meet Gestapo tactics...tactics... That's not right... No man has the right to... "Call an attorney," that means you're guilt... you're under sus... "Co...," he says, "cooperate" or we'll go downtown. That's not... as long as I've...



* 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.]]
* BatmanGambit: Roma pulls one when Lingk comes to the office to cancel the deal, telling Levene to pretend to be a client and asking him to mention "Kenilworth" when Roma rubs his head. The gamble is that Lingk will do the polite thing, concede that Roma is busy and let him leave with his "client." [[spoiler: Lingk doesn't do it, but Roma nevertheless gets Lingk back in the deal -- and then Williamson messes it all up.]]

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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 [[spoiler:It doesn't work and Moss has to settle for Shelley instead.]]
* BatmanGambit: Roma pulls one when Lingk comes to the office to cancel the deal, telling Levene to pretend to be a client and asking him to mention "Kenilworth" when Roma rubs his head. The gamble is that Lingk will do the polite thing, concede that Roma is busy and let him leave with his "client." [[spoiler: Lingk [[spoiler:Lingk doesn't do it, but Roma nevertheless gets Lingk back in the deal -- and then Williamson messes it all up.]]



--> '''Ricky''': You stupid fucking cunt. I'm talking to you, shithead!...Where did you learn your traaaaaade, you stupid fucking cunt, you idiot?

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--> '''Ricky''': You stupid fucking cunt. I'm talking to you, shithead!... Where did you learn your traaaaaade, you stupid fucking cunt, you idiot?



* DownerEnding: There's not much to be happy about after [[spoiler: Levene is presumably arrested and is taking Moss and Graff with him, Roma has lost $6,000 in commission and has a strong possibility of being sued, and the rest of the characters are no better off... Ironically, the only one that might benefit is Aaronow, since his other two competitors in the company are going to jail, making him second place by default. Unless Moss fingers him as an accomplice, that is...]]

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* DownerEnding: There's not much to be happy about after [[spoiler: Levene [[spoiler:Levene is presumably arrested and is taking Moss and Graff with him, Roma has lost $6,000 in commission and has a strong possibility of being sued, and the rest of the characters are no better off... Ironically, the only one that might benefit is Aaronow, since his other two competitors in the company are going to jail, making him second place by default. Unless Moss fingers him as an accomplice, that is...]]



* IndyPloy: When Roma's BatmanGambit with Lingk doesn't work, he resorts to one of these to get Lingk to trust him again, stalling out his request with assurances and faux-philosophical rambling. [[spoiler: Such is his skill that it seems to be working, until Williamson screws up by telling Lingk what Roma has already flatly denied is the case.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler: How Levene slips up and reveals he was in on the heist. Williamson said he cashed Lingk's check. Levene calls Williamson out on lying about it, something he only could have known if he robbed the office.]]

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* IndyPloy: When Roma's BatmanGambit with Lingk doesn't work, he resorts to one of these to get Lingk to trust him again, stalling out his request with assurances and faux-philosophical rambling. [[spoiler: Such [[spoiler:Such is his skill that it seems to be working, until Williamson screws up by telling Lingk what Roma has already flatly denied is the case.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler: How [[spoiler:How Levene slips up and reveals he was in on the heist. Williamson said he cashed Lingk's check. Levene calls Williamson out on lying about it, something he only could have known if he robbed the office.]]



* JustifiedCriminal: [[spoiler: How Shelly probably sees himself due to his sick daughter.]]

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* JustifiedCriminal: [[spoiler: How [[spoiler:How Shelly probably sees himself due to his sick daughter.]]



** [[spoiler:Levene]] when he realizes he cooked his own goose with his gloating. And again when he realizes [[spoiler: that sale that got his confidence back was no good anyway.]] And a final time when Baylen summons him into the office... knowing what's about to happen.

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** [[spoiler:Levene]] when he realizes he cooked his own goose with his gloating. And again when he realizes [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that sale that got his confidence back was no good anyway.]] And a final time when Baylen summons him into the office... knowing what's about to happen.



** Having spent the entire play being the office ButtMonkey, Levene eagerly takes the opportunity to take up where Roma left off with regards to Williamson. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, he gets carried away and makes a slip he shouldn't have, thus enabling Williamson to destroy him utterly.]]
* 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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** Having spent the entire play being the office ButtMonkey, Levene eagerly takes the opportunity to take up where Roma left off with regards to Williamson. [[spoiler: Unfortunately [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, he gets carried away and makes a slip he shouldn't have, thus enabling Williamson to destroy him utterly.]]
* 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 [[spoiler:Actually it was Shelley who was Moss' accomplice.]]



* 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.]]

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



--->'''Williamson:''' [[spoiler: How did you know I made it up?]]

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--->'''Williamson:''' [[spoiler: How [[spoiler:How did you know I made it up?]]



* 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.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The shot of Williamson saying [[spoiler: "You robbed the office!" to Levene]] is included in the film trailer.

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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, [[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 [[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.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The shot of Williamson saying [[spoiler: "You [[spoiler:"You robbed the office!" to Levene]] is included in the film trailer.



-->'''Williamson:''' [[spoiler: How did you know I made it up?]]

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-->'''Williamson:''' [[spoiler: How [[spoiler:How did you know I made it up?]]
23rd Jun '17 12:43:15 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* InhumanResources: Blake the hatchet-man.

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* InhumanResources: Blake Williamson is the hatchet-man.PunchClockVillain who enforces the cutthroat tactics of the sales firm. While not a salesman, he's open to taking bribes and lying to customers.



* PunchClockVillain: Williamson isn't a nice guy by any stretch, but he continually insists that he's just doing his job, and he'd get in trouble if he did anything except follow his specific instructions.

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* PunchClockVillain: Williamson isn't a nice guy by any stretch, but he continually insists that he's just doing his job, and he'd get in trouble if he did anything except follow his specific instructions. He also states a number of times that he'd rather be home with his kids.
23rd Jun '17 12:40:37 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ExtremeDoormat: Lingk. When he realises that Roma's been bullshitting him, how does he respond? He ''apologises for letting Roma down''.

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* ExtremeDoormat: Lingk. When he realises He simply listens to Ricky monologue for an entire night and seems to think that Roma's been bullshitting him, how does he respond? He ''apologises they've had a heart-to-heart, then gets browbeaten by his wife to cancel the sale of land, then ''apologizes'' to Ricky for letting Roma down''.canceling even after learning that Ricky lied to him.



* IndyPloy: When Roma's BatmanGambit with Lingk doesn't work, he resorts to one of these to get Lingk to trust him again (see ObfuscatingStupidity, below.) [[spoiler: Such is his skill that it seems to be working, until Williamson screws up by telling Lingk what Roma has already flatly denied is the case.]]

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* IndyPloy: When Roma's BatmanGambit with Lingk doesn't work, he resorts to one of these to get Lingk to trust him again (see ObfuscatingStupidity, below.) again, stalling out his request with assurances and faux-philosophical rambling. [[spoiler: Such is his skill that it seems to be working, until Williamson screws up by telling Lingk what Roma has already flatly denied is the case.]]



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

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* ManipulativeBastard: Played straight with Ricky Roma. The other All of the salesmen are shameless liars who try to be this with mixed results. manipulate their marks into buying land. They only really differ in their skill.



* {{Nepotism}}: How Williamson got his position.

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* {{Nepotism}}: How Ricky guesses that Williamson got his position.position by being "someone's cousin."



* PoliceAreUseless: Roma says as much, stating that the police will never catch the thief because they're stupid. In fact, it's Williamson who catches the thief, not the cops. The police also don't seem to notice that Roma and Shelley are conning a mark in their presence, even when Roma is screaming at Williamson for contradicting his lies.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Roma says as much, stating that the police will never catch the thief because they're stupid. In fact, it's Williamson who catches the thief, not the cops. The police also don't seem to notice that Roma and Shelley are conning a mark in their presence, even when Roma is screaming at Williamson for contradicting his lies.bungling the con.



* StepfordSmiler: Levene is a tragic case. He is obviously under incredible strain and deeply unhappy, but whenever he starts to break down, he snaps right back into his genial, avuncular salesman persona. In the film, he's prone to giggling helplessly when people are putting the screws to him.

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* StepfordSmiler: Levene is a tragic case. He is obviously under incredible strain and deeply unhappy, but whenever he starts to break down, he snaps right back into his genial, avuncular salesman persona. In the film, he's prone to giggling helplessly when people are putting the screws to him.persona with a forced giggle.
23rd Jun '17 10:28:51 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* PetTheDog:
** Ricky gives Levene some respect to show that he's not all bad.
** Aaronow is so down on himself that Moss and Roma try to cheer him up. These people are human, after all.

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* PetTheDog:
** Ricky
PetTheDog: At the end of the story, Roma gives some support to the obviously rattled Aaronow and shows Levene some respect to show that a lot of respect. He's a decent guy when he's not all bad.
** Aaronow is so down on himself that Moss and Roma try to cheer him up. These
fleecing suckers or screaming at people who lost him money.
* PoliceAreUseless: Roma says as much, stating that the police will never catch the thief because they're stupid. In fact, it's Williamson who catches the thief, not the cops. The police also don't seem to notice that Roma and Shelley
are human, after all.conning a mark in their presence, even when Roma is screaming at Williamson for contradicting his lies.
23rd Jun '17 10:13:52 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* CallBack: In the beginning, Moss gripes about a useless lead for someone named "Patel" that he's seen multiple times before. In the end, Ricky is enraged to be handed the "Patel" lead and tosses it away.
22nd Jun '17 12:42:06 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Blake and his entire scene aren't in the play.
*** 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 first-time playgoers who have only seen the film will assume the play has been edited if it's not included.

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** Blake and his entire scene aren't in the play.
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play. 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 first-time playgoers who have only seen the film will assume the play has been edited if it's not included.



* BatmanGambit: Roma pulls one when Lingk comes to the office to cancel the deal, telling Levene to pretend to be a client and asking him to mention "Kenilworth" when Roma rubs his head. The gamble is that Lingk will do the polite thing, concede that Roma is busy and let him leave with his "client". [[spoiler: Lingk doesn't do it, but Roma nevertheless gets Lingk back in the deal -- and then Williamson messes it all up.]]
* 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.]]

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* BatmanGambit: Roma pulls one when Lingk comes to the office to cancel the deal, telling Levene to pretend to be a client and asking him to mention "Kenilworth" when Roma rubs his head. The gamble is that Lingk will do the polite thing, concede that Roma is busy and let him leave with his "client". "client." [[spoiler: Lingk doesn't do it, but Roma nevertheless gets Lingk back in the deal -- and then Williamson messes it all up.]]
* 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.
]]



* ButtMonkey: Williamson. Yes, he's kind of a weasel, but the amount of abuse he puts up with by the salesmen on a daily basis is astounding.
** 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 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.]]

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* ButtMonkey: Williamson. Yes, he's kind of a weasel, but Levene has humiliation and misfortune heaped on him throughout the amount of abuse story, and he puts up with comes out by far the salesmen on a daily basis is astounding.
** 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 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
worst in the ending.]]end.



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

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



* 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.



* {{Jerkass}}: All of the main characters themselves. Ricky and Dave in particular.
** Little as we get of him in the film, Blake probably tops them all.

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* {{Jerkass}}: All of the main characters themselves. Ricky and Dave in particular.
**
particular. Little as we get of him in the film, Blake probably tops them all.



** [[spoiler:Levene]] when he realizes he cooked his own goose with his gloating.
*** And again when he realizes [[spoiler: that sale that got his confidence back was no good anyway.]]
*** A final time when Baylen summons him into the office... knowing what's about to happen.
* PetTheDog: Aaronow is so down on himself that Moss and Roma try to cheer him up. These people are human, after all.

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** [[spoiler:Levene]] when he realizes he cooked his own goose with his gloating.
***
gloating. And again when he realizes [[spoiler: that sale that got his confidence back was no good anyway.]]
*** A
]] And a final time when Baylen summons him into the office... knowing what's about to happen.
* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
** Ricky gives Levene some respect to show that he's not all bad.
**
Aaronow is so down on himself that Moss and Roma try to cheer him up. These people are human, after all.



* PunchClockVillain: Williamson isn't a nice guy by any stretch, but he continually insists that he's just doing his job, and he'd get in trouble if he did anything except follow his specific instructions.



** Roma delivers a ''spectacular'' one to Williamson when the latter accidentally sabotages the Lingk contract by telling him his cheque was taken to the bank the previous evening, starting off by calling him a "stupid fucking cunt" and then going from there.
--->'''Roma:''' You stupid fucking cunt. You, Williamson... I'm talking to you, shithead! You just cost me six thousand dollars. ''Six thousand dollars.'' And one Cadillac. That's right. What are you going to do about it!? What are you going to do about it, asshole?! You fucking shit! Where did you learn your trade!? You stupid fucking cunt! You idiot! Whoever told you you could work with ''men?''\\
'''Baylen:''' Could I...\\
'''Roma:''' I'm going to have your job, shithead. I'm going downtown and talk to Mitch and Murray, and I'm going to Lemkin. I don't care whose nephew you are, who you know, whose dick you're sucking on. You're going out, I swear to you, you're going...\\
'''Baylen:''' Hey, fella, let's get this done...\\
'''Roma:''' Anyone in this office lives on their wits... ''(to Baylen)'' I'm going to be with you in a second. ''(to Williamson)'' What you're hired for is to help us--does that seem clear to you!? To help us. Not to fuck us up... to help men who are going out there to try to earn a living. You ''fairy!'' You ''company man!''... I'll tell you something else. I hope you knocked the joint off, I can tell our friend here something might help him catch you. ''(heads for the "interrogation room")'' You want to learn the first rule you'd know if you ever spent a day in your life... you never open your mouth till you know what the shot is. You fucking child...

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** Roma delivers a ''spectacular'' one to Williamson when the latter accidentally sabotages the Lingk contract by telling him his cheque check was taken to the bank the previous evening, starting off by calling him a "stupid fucking cunt" and then going from there.
--->'''Roma:''' You stupid fucking cunt. You, Williamson... I'm talking to you, shithead! You just cost me six thousand dollars. ''Six thousand dollars.'' And one Cadillac. That's right. What are you going to do about it!? What are you going to do about it, asshole?! You fucking shit! Where did you learn your trade!? You stupid fucking cunt! You idiot! Whoever told you you could work with ''men?''\\
'''Baylen:''' Could I...\\
'''Roma:''' I'm going to have your job, shithead. I'm going downtown and talk to Mitch and Murray, and I'm going to Lemkin. I don't care whose nephew you are, who you know, whose dick you're sucking on. You're going out, I swear to you, you're going...\\
'''Baylen:''' Hey, fella, let's get this done...\\
'''Roma:''' Anyone in this office lives on their wits... ''(to Baylen)'' I'm going to be with you in a second. ''(to Williamson)'' What you're hired for is to help us--does that seem clear to you!? To help us. Not to fuck us up... to help men who are going out there to try to earn a living. You ''fairy!'' You ''company man!''... I'll tell you something else. I hope you knocked the joint off, I can tell our friend here something might help him catch you. ''(heads for the "interrogation room")'' You want to learn the first rule you'd know if you ever spent a day in your life... you never open your mouth till you know what the shot is. You fucking child...
''men?''



--->'''Levene:''' You are a shithead, Williamson.\\
'''Williamson:''' Mmm.\\
'''Levene:''' You can't think on your feet you should keep your mouth closed! ''(beat)'' You hear me!? I'm talking to you! Do you hear me?!\\
'''Williamson:''' Yes. ''(beat)'' I hear you.\\
'''Levene:''' You can't learn that in an office! Eh? He's right. You have to learn it on the streets. You can't buy that. You have to live it.\\
'''Williamson:''' Mmm.\\
'''Levene:''' ''(sarcastically)'' Yes. "Mmm." Yes. Precisely. Precisely. 'Cause your partner depends on it. I'm talking to you, I'm trying to tell you something!\\
'''Williamson:''' You are?\\
'''Levene:''' Yes, I am.\\
'''Williamson:''' What are you trying to tell me?\\
'''Levene:''' What Roma's trying to tell you. What I told you yesterday. Why you don't belong in this business!\\
'''Williamson:''' Why I don't-\\
'''Levene:''' You listen to me, someday you might say, "Hey..." No, fuck that, you just listen what I'm going to say! Your partner depends on you. Your partner... a man who's your "partner" depends on you... you have to go with him and for him... or you're shit, you're shit, you can't exist alone-\\
'''Williamson:''' ''(tries to move past Levene)'' Excuse me-\\
'''Levene:''' "Excuse me" nothing! You be as cold as you want, but you just fucked a good man out of six thousand dollars and his goddamn bonus 'cause you didn't know the shot! If you can do that and you aren't man enough that it gets you, then I don't know what, if you can't take something from that, ''(blocks Williamson's path)'' you're scum, you're fucking white bread! You be as cold as you want. A child would know it, he's right! You're going to make something up, be sure it will help or keep your mouth closed!\\
'''Williamson:''' Mmm.\\
'''Levene:''' Now I'm done with you.\\
''(Williamson takes a moment to absorb Levene's last few sentences, then something occurs to him)''\\
'''Williamson:''' [[spoiler:How did you know I made it up?]]



* ShadyRealEstateAgent: An entire office full of them, and you will end up rooting for some of them.

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* ShadyRealEstateAgent: An entire The plot focuses on a office full of them, real estate salesmen who use all manner of lies and deception to sell what is implied to be worthless land to suckers.
* ShownTheirWork: 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 will end up rooting for some of them. merely took their order. In other words, the implication is you didn't actually ''sell'' anything, and anyone could have done what you did.


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* StepfordSmiler: Levene is a tragic case. He is obviously under incredible strain and deeply unhappy, but whenever he starts to break down, he snaps right back into his genial, avuncular salesman persona. In the film, he's prone to giggling helplessly when people are putting the screws to him.
10th Jun '17 6:51:56 PM kyeo
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* UltimateJobSecurity: Roma appears to have this by virtue of being the top salesman in the office. You try talking to your boss [[ClusterFBomb the way he talks to Williamson]] and see how much longer you're employed.
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]].
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