What's third prize? Third prize is you're fired!
Many years ago, I saw the original Broadway cast version of Glengarry Glen Ross when the tour stopped in San Francisco. These were Mamet's people: Joe Mantegna, Robert Prosky, J.T. Walsh, Mike Nussbaum (who sounded so much like my salesman Uncle Bill it was eerie when I closed my eyes). It was a great time in the theater for me.
Several years later, the movie version was made. Written by Mamet, but not directed by him. Unfairly or not, I compared the people I saw on stage to the people on the screen, and I thought the stage version superior. The only major change was the addition of a scene, a motivational speech by a character played by Alec Baldwin.
Over the years, I have had a chance to see the film version again, especially on IFC with no editing and no commercial interruptions. The movie is very good. The scene with Baldwin is freaking genius. One of the things that makes it genius is that you get to see Alec Baldwin make Ed Harris his bitch. Think about Harris' career. He is almost always the manly man, the guy in charge, sometimes in a violent way, but more often by force of will. He played John Glenn, for pity's sake! Baldwin bitch slaps him hard, and he takes it.
Who's the rest of the cast? Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Jonathan Pryce.
Matty Boy says check it out.
And, oh yeah. Coffee is for closers.
…and he was never laid again
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