None of the salesmen are likable, and that includes the “motivational hot shot sales ace” sent up by the “downtown office” to read this bunch of losers the riot act (Alec Baldwin, in the film version), and the office manager (Williamson, portrayed by Kevin Spacey).
In one of the (many) memorable scenes, the office’s current sales lion, Ricky Roma (Al Pacino) loses a juicy commission when the office manager, Spacey, inadvertently —”not knowing what the shot is”—confirms to a Roma customer stricken with buyers’ remorse that the sales contract has been sent to the bank, precisely right after Ricky Roma —with typical mendacity—has reassured the man the contract has not been processed. Williamson’s faux pas detonates a torrent of invective by Roma. The river of insults is so rich and so unrelenting that I thought it could be used as model for the things that the US citizen should be ready to use when dealing with American politicians and media figures shaping their pitiful reality, with extremely rare exceptions all whores and phonies working for the sociopathic plutocracy, and never representing their interest (as they are supposed to do). So, flex your oratorical muscles boys and girls, learn from Pacino, the natural master, no doubt, and add, if you can, your own twist. Action!
Al Pacino: Who ever told you that you could work with men!?
Glengarry Glen Ross (9/10) Movie CLIP – Where Did You Learn Your Trade? (1992) HD)
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Lingkt (Jonathan Price): The snookered client, gripped by buyer’s remorse. Wants to cancel the deal with Roma.
Roma (Al Pacino): Ace salesman, just about the only “winner” in an office of losers.
Williamson (Kevin Spacey): Ofice manager.
Levene (Jack lemmon): Desperate, down on his luck pathetic salesman, but also ruthlessly tricky character, and the actual burglar.
Baylen (Jude Ciccolella): Detective questioning the salesmen because someone burgled the office and stole the pricey Glengarry leads the night before..
LINGK What are the police doing? ROMA It's nothing. LINGK What are the police doing here...? WILLIAMSON We had a slight burglary last night. ROMA It was nothing...I was assuring Mr. Lingk... WILLIAMSON Mr. Lingk. James Lingk. Your contract went out. Nothing to... ROMA John... WILLIAMSON Your contract went out to the bank. LINGK You cashed the check? WILLIAMSON We... ROMA ...Mr. Williamson... WILLIAMSON Your check as cashed yesterday afternoon. And we're completely insured, as you know, in any case. Pause. LINGK (to Roma) You cashed the check? ROMA Not to my knowledge, no... WILLIAMSON I'm sure we can... 81. LINGK Oh, Christ... (starts out the door) Don't follow me...Oh, Christ. (pause, to Roma) I know I've let you down. I'm sorry. For...Forgive...for...I don't know anymore. (pause) Forgive me. Lingk exits. Pause. ROMA (to Williamson) You stupid fucking cunt. You, Williamson...I'm talking to you, shithead...You just cost me six thousand dollars. (pause) Six thousand dollars. And one Cadillac. That's right. What are you going to do about it? What are you goin 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 Murrray, 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? (MORE) 82. ROMA (CONT'D) 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. (starts into the 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. (pause) You fucking child... Roma goes to the inner room. LEVENE You are a shithead, Williamson... Pause. WILLIAMSON Mmm. LEVENE You can't think on your feet you should keep your mouth closed. (pause) You hear me? I'm talking to you. Do you hear me...? WILLIAMSON Yes. (pause) I hear you.
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