Glengarry Glen Ross Quotes

Monday, July 25 by Travis Petersen

"Glengarry Glen Ross," a film from David Mamet based on his play, is a foul-mouthed look at real estate salesmen, their struggles, and their schemes, and the Glengarry Glen Ross quotes from members of the firm in the film illustrate that these men are a hard, dying breed. Since it was adapted from a play, there is a huge focus on the language, and the Glengarry Glen Ross quotes from the film bear this out. Many of the most memorable Glengarry Glen Ross quotes come from Blake, played by Alec Baldwin, who delivers a blistering, monologue-like speech to the firm to motivate them to sell. Here are some of the most quotable.

  1. "A-B-C. A-Always B-Be C-Closing. Always be closing." This most memorable of Glengarry Glen Ross quotes is plastered up in the cubicles of phone salesmen the world over, a philosophy spoken by Alec Baldwin that is harsh, but true. If a salesman isn't closing a sale, he's worthless, so one must always be closing.
  2. "Put that coffee down. Coffee's for closers only." Another Blake gem, this is delivered in the middle of his speech and is one of the most memorable Glengarry Glen Ross from the film's trailer, showing what the movie's all about. Baldwin says it with anger and glee, hammering home the point again that without sales, salesmen aren't even worth a cup of old office coffee.
  3. "We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired." Baldwin delivers this line, too, with glee. Since then, "Third prize is you're fired" has become one of the lines that people remember most from this film. What's funny about this is that this speech chock full of Glengarry Glen Ross quotes was not in the original play, and Baldwin's one scene wonder role was created just for the film.
  4. "F**k you, that's my name. You know why, mister? Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight. I drove an eighty-thousand dollar BMW. THAT's my name." The profanity of David Mamet's plays and screenplays is well-known, and this final example of Glengarry Glen Ross quotes from Alec Baldwin's speech shows just how he uses that language. It's not there just because he likes the F-word; it's there because words can be weapons. And the "closer" of this list of Glengarry Glen Ross quotes is a hail of gunfire.
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