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View Poll Results: Favorite Mamet film?
House of Games (1987)
17
16.19%
Homicide (1991)
5
4.76%
Glengarry Glen Ross (written) (1992)
43
40.95%
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
14
13.33%
The Winslow Boy (1999)
1
0.95%
State and Main (2000)
5
4.76%
Heist (2001)
5
4.76%
Spartan (2004)
10
9.52%
Redbelt (2007)
5
4.76%
Other (please specify)
0
0%
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Favorite David Mamet film?

Old 09-01-08, 03:49 PM
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Favorite David Mamet film?

I have been on a Mamet kick of late having just seen "Redbelt", "Heist", "Glengarry Glen Ross" (written), & "The Spanish Prisoner". "Spartan" , which was my first foray into Mamet blew me away and i think people said that wasn't nearly his strongest, will be next and then i will decide myself. But, "Heist" was a lot of fun and "Glengarry" were just more riveting the 2nd time around.

He just has such a unique style that you are glued to words rather than actions. You have to be so intune to his dialogue to really get a lot from the film. You really have to pay attention to his movies. He captivates me with words much like Aaron Sorkin, where you are really fascinated by the dialogue and everything else is just window dressing.

And his actors are so perfectly picked and really handle the material well. Of course, his staples like Ricky Jay and especially Rebecca Pidgeon are masters with his words. But, Gene Hackman did a good job and everyone in Glengarry was riveting, especially Jack Lemmon. But to see Steve Martin and Tim Allen handle the serious nature was remarkable as well.

I think I will rent "House of Games" too because that was an early one that I heard a little about.

So with this unique writer/director, which is your favorite directed or written by him?

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As Director:
1.Glengarry Glen Ross (B+
2. House Of Games (B+)
3. Heist (B+)
4. Spartan (B)
5. State And Main (B)
6. The Spanish Prisoner (B-)

As a Writer:
1. The Edge (A)
2 The Verdict (A)
3. The Untouchables (A-)
4. Hoffa (A-)
5. Edmond (A-)


Hopefully Netflix sends me Redbelt soon. That one looks pretty good.

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Anyone see his latest Redbelt?

it came out on DVD last week.
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It would be nice if we could get "Homicide" on DVD.

Great flick and classic Mamet.
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Glengary Glen Ross is in my top 20 favorite films of all time. So I picked that one.
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I guess falling into the other category would be Things Change and Oleanna.

Personally, my introduction to Mamet was Glengarry, Glen Ross. Such an amazing cast and dialogue, with quotes you want to add to your lexicon. (But remember that Alec Baldwin's monologue isn't "work safe".)

And it looks like G,GR has some good performances in numerous stage productions with the likes of Joe Mantenga, J.T. Walsh, Robert Prosky, Alan Alda, Jeffrey Tambor and Liev Schreiber. Also as a BBC Radio play with Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, Bruce Davison, and Alfred Molina as Roma.

I also enjoyed The Spanish Prisoner with Campbell Scott and Steve Martin. A smart thriller that's only rated PG.

Outside the confidence game, State and Main is a fun comedy about the movie-making biz. Would make a nice a double feature with either The Player or Bowfinger.
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I loved Redbelt...seen it 3 times now and get's better every time. Glengerry Glen Ross would have to be my favorite of his however. Wow, didn't even know he wrote The Edge until this thread.
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Spanish Prisoner.
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Originally Posted by chris_sc77 View Post
As Director:
1.Glengarry Glen Ross (B+
2. House Of Games (B+)
3. Heist (B+)
4. Spartan (B)
5. State And Main (B)
6. The Spanish Prisoner (B-)
He didn't direct Glengarry, James Foley did.

A vote for Spartan as my favorite.
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This thread demonstrates that I have a lot more films to watch.

As far as Redbelt, very good film. Could have been great if
Spoiler:
I didn't have to completely suspend any belief related to the "setup". It was clever, but too perfect. I can buy the receiving of the red belt itself, but the offering of the Japanese "national treasure" was a little silly. A few points off, but I loved the point of the story ..and the heart.
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House of Games. Also, while State and Main is not my top pick, it is vastly underrated.
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I haven't seen as many of his films as I probably should have, but I went with Glengarry Glen Ross.
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Like the Friedkin poll, this is a no brainer. Come on....."Glengarry Glen Ross"! An actor's wet dream. And that cast!
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Originally Posted by DeputyDave View Post
Glengary Glen Ross is in my top 20 favorite films of all time. So I picked that one.
Yup.
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Glengary easily... however I really dig State & Main, Heist, The Spanish Prisoner and Spartan. I still need to see Redbelt.
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I loved Homicide. Glengary was very very good though...a close 2nd for me.
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I really, really like State and Main, but I have to say of that list I've probably watched Heist the most. I think a writer can learn a lot from that movie.
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'Spartan' is easily my favorite.

'Glengarry Glen Ross' is probably his best directing. But 'Spartan' was very close to it.
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House of Games is #1. A terrific film. Probably the best "con" movie I've ever seen.

I also like GGR a lot.
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'Glengarry Glen Ross' is probably his best directing.
As mentioned earlier in the thread MAMET DIDN'T DIRECT GLENGARRY, James Foley did.
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I guess I'll go with Glengarry. Even though he didn't direct GGR, it still seems like nothing other than a Mamet picture.
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As mentioned earlier in the thread MAMET DIDN'T DIRECT GLENGARRY, James Foley did.
No wonder it was such good directing then.

That bumps 'Spartan' to the top of my list then.
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House of Games for me too.

I didn't consider GGR, since Mamet didn't direct that, and because if we're going to include movies he just WROTE (and didn't direct), then my pick would be The Untouchables.
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i really wish there were more extras or any at all on movies like TSP, H, HoG, S. only Glengarry and Redbelt have anything worthwhile.

is Mamet that much of a recluse that he can't do something on these wonderful films?
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Homicide with Spartan in a close second.

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