“PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN! COFFEE IS FOR CLOSERS ONLY.”
“Get mad you sons of bitches, get mad!” He made $970,000 last year. What about you? His watch costs more than your car. Alec Baldwin’s only scene in 1992′s Glengarry Glen Ross is the sheer definition of a small role, big performance. Despite starring flamboyant actors such as Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Jack Lemmon, the movie’s most popular scene is Baldwin’s sole appearance, an infamous monologue so brilliantly written and delivered that it has lost none of its luster to this day.
Ironically enough, Balwin’s character doesn’t even exist in the original play and was created exclusively for the movie. But this one scene sets the tone for the entire film, raising the stakes for all the characters involved. Close or go home. It’s also subtly invaluable in fleshing out what kind of men these salesmen are. From Lemmon’s looks of desperation to Arkin’s lack of eye contact and Harris’ willingness to take this kind of abusive lashing, this is a very brilliantly executed scene.
If you somehow haven’t seen James Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross to this day, check out Alec Baldwin’s scene below: