Run time: 100 mins
In Theaters: Friday 2nd October 1992
Box Office Worldwide: $10.7M
Distributed by: Artisan Home Entertainment
Production compaines: New Line Cinema
Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Fresh: 48 Rotten: 3
IMDB: 7.9 / 10
Director: James Foley
Producer: Jerry Tokofsky, Stanley R. Zupnik
Screenwriter: David Mamet
Starring: Al Pacino as Ricky Roma, Jack Lemmon as Shelley Levene, Alec Baldwin as Blake, Alan Arkin as George Aaronow, Ed Harris as Dave Moss, Kevin Spacey as John Williamson, Jonathan Pryce as James Lingk, Bruce Altman as Larry Spannel, Jude Ciccolella as Detective
Who knew director James Foley had this movie in him. With credits from Who's That Girl? to Fear to The Corruptor, Foley hasn't made a passable movie before or since this 1992 production. Having a script by David Mamet (based on his stage play) doesn't hurt, nor does having at least two screen legends in the cast. Hell, even the minor characters are stellar. Jonathan Pryce's beaten-down mark is one of the most memorably pathetic losers on celluloid. Alec Baldwin's five minutes of screen time here is his greatest work ever.
The film is an utter masterpiece.
Now -- finally -- released on DVD, the film features two DVDs (widescreen and full screen), a partial commentary from Foley with as much profanity in it as the movie itself, plus countless interviews, tributes, and a documentary about salesmen and their portrayal in the movies. Quite interesting, and worth a look even if you weren't interested in the movie. In which case, you'd be insane.