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Death of a Salesman (1985)

An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it.

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Volker Schlöndorff (as Volker Schlondorff)

Writers:

Arthur Miller (teleplay), Arthur Miller (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dustin Hoffman ... William 'Willy' Loman
Kate Reid ... Linda Loman
John Malkovich ... Biff Loman
Stephen Lang ... Harold 'Happy' Loman
Charles Durning ... Charley
Louis Zorich ... Ben Loman
David S. Chandler David S. Chandler ... Bernard
Jon Polito ... Howard Wagner
Kathryn Rossetter ... Woman from Boston (as Kathy Rossetter)
Tom Signorelli Tom Signorelli ... Stanley
Linda Kozlowski ... Miss Forsythe
Karen Needle Karen Needle ... Letta
Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh ... Jenny
Michael Quinlan ... Waiter
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Storyline

Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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4:3
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It took three and a half hours for make-up artists to transform Dustin Hoffman, then in his forties, into Willy, who is described in the stage directions as "over sixty". See more »

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Hap gives Linda flowers after his night with Miss Forsythe and Letta. Linda crumples them and throws them down. Biff picks them up but they are destroyed. Another scene later,Willy is putting flowers in a vase the same color. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Linda Loman: Willy?
Willy Loman: It's alright. I came back.
Linda Loman: Why, what happened? Did something happen Willy?
Willy Loman: Nah.
Linda Loman: You didn't smash the car did you?
Willy Loman: I said nothing happened! Didn't you hear me?
Linda Loman: Didn't you feel well?
Willy Loman: [sighs] I'm tired to the death. I-a, I couldn't make it. I just couldn't make it Linda.
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Shame on you, Mrs. H.
3 August 2001 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

I had to read Arthur Miller's „Death of a Salesman` for my English class this year. Our teacher was a very industrious woman and let us analyze every character's every word several times, until we couldn't hear the words „Willy`, „Linda`, „Biff`, „American Dream` and „stockings` any more. It was terrible! She didn't show us any theater or film version, so we began to utterly dislike the text as a whole: a sentimental play where you already know the ending when you read the title.

A few days ago, I spotted Volker Schlöndorff's film version on television, a German dubbed version, but that doesn't matter because I already knew the lines and Schlöndorff hardly changed them.

Fortunately, Schlöndorff didn't make any effort to put his own special style into the movie, he just left the play the way it was and the way, I suppose, Arthur Miller wanted it. So some of you might claim that this version was too stage-drama-like, not cinematic. For me, this was ideal because I could see the REAL, lively „Death of a Salesman`, played by an ideal cast: Dustin Hoffman: a little over-acting, but enthusisiastic; Kate Reid: so authentic that she could be taken for my mother; John Malkovich: silent, thoughtful, „self-confident`, great! How shall I put it? This film sort of opened my eyes towards this great, merciless work of Arthur Miller. This play is something you can orientate your life to. At many important turning points of your life, you can remember Willy Loman and his fate that is fictitious but – and believe me, I know some people who are exactly like him – definitely could be the fate of a real person, and not only of an American. I found the „Salesman` important, not as much as a criticism of the American Dream but an account of what must happen, if lives are built upon lies – lies to others and lies to yourself. Those people who think „Death of a Salesman` is rubbish are those who suppress cruel truths just as Willy Loman does.

So, when I saw this movie, I was completely stunned because its hopelessness became clear to me and I noticed how crucial this American classic really is. I give Schlöndorff 8 out of 10 stars because there are some flaws in his way of directing (e. g. letting Malkovich and Lang play their young alter egos was stupid because no one believes that they are 17).

Another sad example how bad teachers can destroy a masterpiece. Shame on you, Mrs. H.!


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