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New Line Cinema
Glengarry Glen Ross is a movie about 4 genuine estate agents that sell unappealing land also to people who don’t really desire it. One of the agents is a good salesguy. The various other three are not. Early in the movie, Blake, an extremely successful perchild from an unnamed place, arrives at the office. He’s been sent out by the owners of the actual estate agency to aid motivate the salesmales. Over just about salso minutes, he delivers a pristinely venomous monologue, one that has, over the previous close to two and a half decades, aged right into lore. It is, in no unspecific terms, a gorgeous scene. It’s monumental. It’s unforgettable. But is it … true?


Let’s fact-examine it.

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These are the names of the civilization and also areas and also points in the scene:

Blake (Alec Baldwin): He offers the monologue. This is the only scene that he appears in.

John Williamson (Kevin Spacey): The office manager. He sits one tier over the genuine estate agents in the company’s power pyramid.

Dave Moss (Ed Harris): One of 4 actual estate agents working under Williamson. He doesn’t show up to be any excellent at it.

George Aaronow (Alan Arkin): Also among the four actual estate agents. Also does not appear to be any great at it.

Shelley Levene (Jack Lemmon): Also one of the 4 genuine estate agents. He offered to be good at it, but is no longer good at it.

Rictough Roma (Al Pacino): Also among the 4 actual estate agents. He’s good at it, but he’s not in the scene. He is mentioned only as soon as the office manager asks where he is.

“Leads”: A term provided to describe the names of civilization who have, at one allude or another, expressed interest in purchasing the type of actual estate that the agents are selling.

“Glengarry Leads”: A term used to describe the brand-new, most substantive, the majority of lucrative leads.

“Mitch and also Murray”: The owners of Premier Properties, which is wbelow the real estate agents job-related.

“A sit”: A sales session.

The Monologue

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New Line Cinema WILLIAMSON: It is 7:30.

Fact check: Correct. It is 7:30.

AARONOW (to Levene, about Blake): So who is that?

LEVENE: <Shrugs his shoulders to show he does not recognize.>

Fact check: Accuprice. Levene does not recognize who Blake is. Blake has actually not introduced himself yet.

WILLIAMSON (to Moss, who has just walked in): And where is Mr. Roma?

MOSS: Well, I’m not a leash, so I don’t recognize, execute I?

Fact check: Accurate on both parts. Moss is not a leash, and Moss does not understand wright here Roma is. (Roma is in a bar attempting to close a sale.)

BLAKE (loudly, to everyone): Let me have actually your attention for a minute. So you’re talking around what? You’re talking around <he puts out his cigarette> bitching about that sale you swarm, some kid of a bitch that doesn’t want to buy, somebody that doesn’t desire what you’re selling, some broad you’re trying to screw, and also so forth.

Fact check: Inexact. They were not talking about any of those points. (Aaronow had been complaining around a sale gone poor moments before, however that was prior to Blake walked right into the room from an adjoining office.)

BLAKE (to Williamson): Let’s talk about somepoint important. Are they all here?

WILLIAMSON: All yet one.

Fact check: Accuprice. Levene is in attendance. Aaronow is in attendance. Moss is in attendance. Roma is still not in attendance. He will certainly not arrive at all throughout the scene.

BLAKE: Well, I’m going anymethod.

Fact check: Accuprice. He is going anymethod.

BLAKE (to everyone): Let’s talk around somepoint important!

Fact check: Accuprice. He inoften tends to talk to the 3 guys about their project performance, and also just how at least among them is going to be fired at the end of the month, which is crucial.

BLAKE (to Levene, who is attempting to pour himself a cup of coffee): Placed. That coffee. Down! Coffee’s for closers just.

Fact check: Inexact. Coffee is for everyone. It have the right to be purchased at many kind of places, and is frequently readily available for free in offices, hotel lobbies, gas stations after regional sporting activities groups win games, teacher lounges in colleges, and also other areas.

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New Line Cinema BLAKE (to Levene): Do you think I’m fucking via you?

Fact check: Accurate. Levene does think that Blake is fucking through him.

BLAKE (to Levene): I am not fucking through you. I’m below from downtvery own. I’m below from Mitch and also Murray.

Fact check: Accurate on all counts. He is not fucking through Levene. He is from downtown. And he is from Mitch and also Murray.

BLAKE (to the whole office): And I’m below on a mission of mercy!

Fact check: Inprecise. He is tright here to beprice the salesguys and to thrconsumed their work in wishes that it will certainly make more them reliable.

BLAKE (to Levene): Your name’s Levene?

Levene: Yeah.

Fact check: Accurate. His name is Levene.

Blake: You speak to yourself a salesman, you son of a bitch?

Fact check: Accurate on Levene calling himself a salesguy. Possibly Inprecise on Levene being the son of a bitch, given I am taken to assume Blake is utilizing the term “bitch” as a way to describe Levene’s mom as a “difficult or unpleasant” woguy and not “a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter,” in which instance it is Inprecise.

MOSS: I don’t gotta listen to this shit.

BLAKE: You certainly don’t, pal.

Fact check: Accuprice. Moss does not to have actually listen to this shit. Though if he were to leave the room, it would likely bring about his losing his job. Realizing this, Moss sits.

BLAKE (still to Moss): ’Causage the excellent news is — you’re fired.

Fact check: Inspecific. Moss is not yet fired.

BLAKE (to Moss, then to everyone): The poor news is you’ve got — all you got — simply one week to regain your jobs, beginning tonight. Starting through tonight’s sit.

Fact check: Accurate. At the end of the month (which is a week away), the scores of all the sales the salesmen make will certainly be tallied. Whoever finishes in last location will certainly be fired.

BLAKE (to everyone): Oh, have I acquired your attention now?

Fact check: Accurate. He has each man’s attention.

BLAKE (still to everyone): Good. ’Cause we’re including a small something to this month’s sales contest. As you all recognize, first prize is a Cadillac Eldoraexecute.

Fact check: Accuprice on both parts. The agency is including a small somepoint to that month’s sales challenge, and also likewise the first prize is a Cadillac Eldoraperform.

BLAKE (still to everyone): Anyone want to watch second prize? 2nd prize’s a collection of steak knives.

Fact check: Accuprice. The second prize is a collection of steak knives. Also: This is a wildly steep drop-off in level of quality in between prizes. The Cadillac Eldorado’s base price in 1984, which is as soon as the play that the movie is based on was created, was $19,334. That’s a value now of $44,780. Conversely, you deserve to purchase the high-high quality six-piece Wusthof Classic Steak Knife Set through Walnut Case from cutleryandeven more.com for simply $299.95.

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New Line Cinema BLAKE (still to everyone): Third prize is you’re fired.

Fact check: Accuprice. Also: This is perhaps a worse fall-off from the second-area prize to the third-location prize than it was from the first-place prize to the second-area prize. Real estate agencies are exceptionally negative at prize-level pacing.

BLAKE (still to everyone): You acquire the picture? Are you laughing now? You gained leads. Mitch and Murray paid great money. Get their names to offer them!

Fact check: There are a number of points to fact-check right here. Accurate: They obtain the picture. Inaccurate: They are not laughing currently (nor were they laughing earlier). Accurate: They have leads. Accurate: Mitch and Murray passist money for the leads. Accurate: The salesguys are intended to take the leads and also interpret them right into sales.

BLAKE (still to everyone): You can’t close the leads you’re provided, you can’t cshed shit, you ARE shit. Hit the bricks, pal, and also beat it, ’cause you are going out!

Fact check: Generally Accurate, in that the salesmales have not been able to cshed the leads that they’ve been offered. Inspecific, in that a salesman not being able to close a sale doesn’t make him shit. It just renders him a negative salesguy.

LEVENE (to Blake): The leads are weak.

Fact check: Possibly Accuprice.

BLAKE (to Levene): “The leads are weak.” Fucking leads are weak? You’re weak.

Fact check: Inspecific that Levene is weak. In spite of the scenarios (his task is all of a sudden in peril, and his daughter is about to die, which we have not yet learned), he seems primarily solid and also exceptionally established.

BLAKE (still to Levene): I’ve remained in this organization 15 years.

Fact check: Accuprice.

MOSS (to Blake): What’s your name?

Blake: FUCK YOU, that’s my name!

Fact check: Inprecise. His name is not FUCK YOU. His name is Blake. (No last name is provided, so I expect there’s at least a tiny chance that his last name is Fuck You, though it appears exceptionally unlikely that that’s the instance.)

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New Line Cinema BLAKE (still to Moss): You understand why, Mister? ’Causage you drove a Hyundai to obtain here tonight; I drove an $80,000 BMW.

Fact check: Likely Accuprice that Moss drove a Hyundai to work-related. (Blake seems intelligent and also observant, so it’s feasible that he identified that Moss drives a Hyundai.) Likely Accurate that Blake drove an $80,000 BMW.

BLAKE (still to Moss): That’s my name!

Fact check: Inprecise. His name is still Blake.

BLAKE (to Levene): And your name is “you’re wanting.”

Fact check: Inaccurate. His name is Shelley Levene.

BLAKE (still to Levene): And you can’t play in a man’s game. You can’t cshed them. And you go residence and also tell your wife your troubles.

Fact check: Mostly Accurate regarding Levene’s ability to close sales. Levene, we’re told later on, has actually been in a horrible sales slump.

BLAKE (to everyone): Since only one thing counts in this life! Get them to sign on the line which is dotted! You hear me, you fucking faggots?

Fact check: Inspecific. That is not the just point that counts in this life. Unless Blake is referring to a salesman’s expert life, in which situation then it is very precise.

BLAKE (to everyone, after spinning over a blackboard that has two sets of letters on it, “ABC” and “AIDA”): A-B-C. A, always; B, be; C, closing. Always be closing! Almeans be closing!

Fact check: Accuprice. This appears an excellent motto for salesmen to follow, and for any type of expert perchild to follow.

BLAKE (still at the blackboard, and also still to everyone): A-I-D-A. Attention, interemainder, decision, activity. Attention. Do I have actually your attention?

Fact check: Accurate. He does have their attention.

BLAKE (still to everyone): Interest. Are you interested? I know you are bereason it’s fuck or walk. You cshed or you hit the bricks!

Fact check: Accuprice. They are interested, and also, in at leastern a metaphorical feeling, the situations have the right to accurately be explained as having to “fuck or walk,” provided that “fuck” below indicates to “make sales” and not “to fornicate.”

BLAKE (still to everyone): Decision. Have you made your decision for Christ?! And action. A-I-D-A. Get out there!

Fact check: Imfeasible to say about the decisions any kind of of the agents have actually made or not produced Christ or against Christ.

BLAKE (still to everyone): You gained the prospects comin’ in. You think they came in to obtain out of the rain?

Fact check: Inprecise. No prospects have walked right into the scene before that moment, nor do they in the time of that minute, nor do they after that moment.

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New Line Cinema BLAKE (still to everyone): Guy doesn’t walk on the lot unless he desires to buy. Sitting out tright here waiting to give you their money! Are you gonna take it? Are you male enough to take it?

Fact check: Typically Accurate.

BLAKE (to Moss, that is eyeballing him): What’s the trouble, pal? You. Moss.

MOSS: You’re such a hero, you’re so wealthy. Why you coming dvery own below and also waste your time on a bunch of bums?

BLAKE (removing his watch): You check out this watch? You view this watch?

MOSS: Yeah.

Fact check: Accuprice. Moss does watch the watch.

BLAKE (still to Moss, as he sets the watch dvery own on Moss’s desk): That watch cost even more than your automobile. I made $970,000 last year. How a lot you make? You check out, pal, that’s who I am.

Fact check: Symbolically Accuprice. Blake is characterized by his money.

BLAKE (still to Moss): And you’re nopoint. Nice guy? I don’t provide a shit. Good father? Fuck you. Go home and also play through your kids!

Fact check: Inaccurate. Also very rude.

BLAKE (to everyone): You wanna work-related here? Close!

Fact check: Half Accurate on the agents wanting to job-related there. (They seem to treatment around having a project, yet are not necessarily involved via wbelow it is, which we learn as soon as Moss efficiently recruits Levene into his plot to steal the brand-new leads and sell them to a completing real estate agency for $5,000 and also positions at the new firm.) Extremely Accurate that their ongoing employment counts on their ability to close sales.

BLAKE (to Aaronow): You think this is abuse?

Fact check: Probably Accuprice. Aaronow looks prefer he thinks that Blake’s harshness is as well grating.

BLAKE (still to Aaronow): You think this is abusage, you cocksucker?

Fact check: Tright here is no proof for or versus Aarocurrently having perdeveloped fellatio on anyone, recently or otherwise.

BLAKE (still to Aaronow): You can’t take this? How have the right to you take the abuse you get on a sit?!

Fact check: Inexact in equating the verbal abuse that Blake is doling out via what would occur during a sit, as it appears extremely unlikely that a perboy interested or uninterested in purchasing actual estate would certainly have actually factor to describe Aarocurrently as a “cocksucker” during a sales pitch.

BLAKE (still to everyone): You don’t prefer it? Leave.

Fact check: Accurate.

BLAKE (still to everyone): I can go out there tonight with the materials you got, make myself $15,000! Tonight! In two hours!

Fact check: Inexact. Earlier, Blake sassist he made $970,000 the year prior. Here, Blake asserts that he makes $7,500 an hour. That amounts to out to over $15 million a year. Even if we scale this earlier and give Blake crmodify for making one sale a day to earn a commission of $15,000 a day, that still amounts to as much as almost $4 million a year.

BLAKE (still to everyone): Can you? Can you? Go and also do likewise! A-I-D-A! Get mad, you sons of bitches! Get mad! You know what it takes to market actual estate? <Blake gets rid of something from a briefsituation.> It takes brass balls to offer actual estate. <He transforms around and also is holding a pair of brass balls in front of his testicles.>

Fact check: Inexact. Regular testicles seem more than fine once offering actual estate, as execute no testicles at all. Barbara from Shark Tank has made millions of dollars selling actual estate, for instance.

BLAKE (to everyone): Go and carry out also, gents. The money’s out there. You pick it up, it’s yours.

Fact check: Accuprice on both components.

BLAKE (still to everyone): You don’t — I have actually no sympathy for you. You wanna go out on those sits tonight and close? Cshed, it’s yours. If not, you’re going to be shining my shoes.

Fact check: Inspecific. It appears unlikely that the project speak after failing as a genuine estate agent is shoe shiner.

BLAKE (still to everyone): And you recognize what you’ll be saying? Bunch of losers sitting roughly in a bar. “Oh yeah, I provided to be a salesguy. It’s a hard racket.”

Fact check: Accurate. This appears a far even more likely response than Moss or Aarocurrently or Levene pivoting their lives to the shoe shining sector.

BLAKE (to everyone, after taking out huge stack of red index cards tied along with string from his briefcase): These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads.

Fact check: Accurate.

BLAKE (still to everyone): And to you, they’re gold.

Fact check: Metaphorically Accurate. Literally Inexact.

BLAKE (still to everyone): And you don’t gain them.

Fact check: Accurate. He hands them to Williamchild.

BLAKE (still to everyone): Why? Due to the fact that to offer them to you is simply throwing them amethod.

Fact check: Metaphorically Accuprice, though likewise a very expect point to say.

BLAKE (still to everyone): They’re for closers.

Fact check: Accuprice. They are intended for the best salesmen.

BLAKE (still to everyone): I’d wish you excellent luck however you wouldn’t know what to carry out through it if you obtained it.

Fact check: Likely specific. The team seems favor a particularly downtrodden and beat group.

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BLAKE (to Moss, as he retrieves the watch he took off earlier): And to answer your question, pal: Why am I here? I came here because Mitch and also Murray asked me to. They asked me for a favor. I shelp, the genuine favor, follow my advice and also fire your fucking ass bereason a loser is a loser.