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Glengarry Glen Ross 
Always Be Closing
2.5/4 stars

For those of you that love dialogue to move your story along and not cute plot points, this is the film for you. I don't know a lot about David Mamet, but what I do know is this is truly his movie. This would be one of those few films that would tear apart Auteur Theory, which basically says, the director is the true creative mind behind the film and all of a director's films have the same characteristics. Now one could say that that theory only works for auteurs, but that's another argument entirely. The point I'm trying to make is this, Mamet, the screenwriter and not Foley, the director, is responsible for making this what it is. The films also feels like a play, with sparse sets.

I'm probably slightly under-rating this film, but I just couldn't quite get myself to give it a higher rating. The acting is top-notch. Al Pacino was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and lost, but in the same year won the Best Actor Award for Scent of a Woman. I don't know if that's ever been duplicated.


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