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February 10th, 2014

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Monday, February 10th, 2014 07:34 am
Glengarry Glen Ross With Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey, and written by David Mamet. With a line up like that I had to watch this movie.When the movie was over I said to Stacey this would have been much better as a play. She looked it up. It was much better as a play. Plays are almost exclusively dialog driven. Movies, on the other hand, are only about 50% dialog driven. So the dialog seemed excessive and repetitive. Each character has several swings at the dead horse of crappy "leads." About 15 minutes it, I suggested to Stacey that we were watching Death of a Salesman times 5. I was proved, more or less, right.

For the movie, Mamet wrote in Alec Baldwin's only scene. It was without a doubt the worst part of the movie. His dialog was really bad and he was not believable and the whole thing was unnecessary and over the top. Alec can't play a heavy.

The story had a plot twist of sorts. It came out of left field and felt like an after thought. It wasn't necessary and looked like a Hail Mary to save the movie.

IMDb gave this a 7.9 out of 10. Really? We only survived to the end based on Lemmon, Pacino and Spacey. We gave it a weak, very weak 2 out of five.