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      Death of a Salesman

      Released Dec 20, 1951 1h 55m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 77% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Willy Loman (Fredric March) is an aging salesman who has recently been fired from his job. Dealing with feelings of failure, Willy begins to relive events from the past that involve his older son, Biff (Kevin McCarthy), and his wife, Linda (Mildred Dunnock). Willy tries to learn from past mistakes and works to make amends with his family, but his biggest struggle is to make peace with himself over a failed dream of financial success. Without a job, Willy feels he has no purpose. Read More Read Less

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press Excellent drama for those who can take it. Jul 31, 2019 Full Review Kimberly Pierce Ticklish Business While the movie hasnt been remembered with the same fondness as some of its contemporaries, Death of a Salesman is a fascinating cultural snapshot... At the same time, the acting in this picture is something to behold. Rated: 4/5 May 1, 2022 Full Review Nell Dodson Russell Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder An excellent but depressing picture. Jan 15, 2022 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Despite five Oscar nominations, this film version of Miller's best-known play is too static and stagy, and Fredric March is miscast as Willy Loman Rated: C+ Aug 9, 2012 Full Review Phil Hall Film Threat A shattering experience, fueled by Fredric March's brilliant interpretation of Willy Loman. Rated: 5/5 Mar 1, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The first cinematic adaptation of Arthur Miller's groundbreaking play remains the most faithful and stunning even after seven decades - the power of its performers, most of whom originated their respective roles on Broadway, are on pair with the sharp writing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review steve d Strong version of an engrossing play. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The first film of this play. This was--unfortunately-- never transferred to VHS or DVD. You can find it on Youtube. Excellent overall and Fredric March is amazing as Willy Loman. btw, March was offered the role in the original Broadway production--however, he was already acting in a play and had to turn it down--one of his great regrets. He jumped at the chance to play Willy in the film version--and in some ways is the definitive Willy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member An adaptation of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the casualties of a shattered American Dream in a destitute family driven to madness. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A disappointing interpretation of a fabulous play. The film makers never successfully translate this into a different medium and it takes away from the gravity. March, the star of every single 30s film (or so it seems) is poor in his depiction of Loman. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member A lot about this interpretation feels too overt, and McCarthy's performance doesn't seem natural at some key moments (he seems to be waiting for his turn to say his line). It's still solid material and hard to mess up too badly, though. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Willy Loman (Fredric March) is an aging salesman who has recently been fired from his job. Dealing with feelings of failure, Willy begins to relive events from the past that involve his older son, Biff (Kevin McCarthy), and his wife, Linda (Mildred Dunnock). Willy tries to learn from past mistakes and works to make amends with his family, but his biggest struggle is to make peace with himself over a failed dream of financial success. Without a job, Willy feels he has no purpose.
      Director
      László Benedek
      Producer
      Stanley Kramer
      Screenwriter
      Stanley Roberts
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 20, 1951, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 14, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 55m