This film is all about the speeches. A top notch cast who give an oustanding performance. I only had the chance to see this film last week even though it has been out for around fifteen years, but it has been worth the wait.
The great cast consists of Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Jonathon Pryce. I doubt if many people can think of a better cast for a film then this. The standout performances come from Al Pacino(of course a legendary actor) and a bit more suprisingly Alec Baldwin who gives a great pep talk. Easily the best performance of his career and I am guessing the other acts must have pushed him to another level.
The plot consists of a bunch of men who work in a real estate agents and have to close deals. Some of them are good at closing and others are not. As mentioned above the best scene is where Alec Baldwin gives a pep talk to the others which is mindblowing. He yells “you see this watch, it costs more than your car”. He just beats them to the ground in order to get a strategy. It takes place just in an office and a chinese restaurant.
Apparantly this film only close twelve million dollars to make and I am guessing that half of those went to the wages, which six million for an all star cast like that is peanutes. Overall the film did not make much profit and barely broke even, but it was never meant to. Just a great display of acting from Pacino and co. However it is not a film for everyone and you need to have a taste for drama or even appreciate great acting to really enjoy this film.