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3.7 of 5 from 65 ratings
2h 10min
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Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman) has spent his entire working life as a struggling travelling salesman, living under the illusion that he and his family are destined for success. In order to cope with his failures Willy lives in the past and begins to lose touch with reality. Willy's life takes a tragic turn when he is fired from his long-time job forcing him to live on handouts from his old friend Charlie (Charles Durning). His depression worsens as he comes to terms with life around him - his eldest son Biff (John Malkovich) is an unemployed Kleptomaniac and younger son Happy (Stephen Lang) is a cynical womaniser.
Willy feels particularly guilty about an affair which has distanced him from Biff. A broken man, Willy contemplates suicide rather than face the reality that his life has been a failure...
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Arthur Miller
Christian Blackwood
Castle Hill Productions
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Run Time:
130 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Arty - Death of a Salesman review by JD

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This is a film adaptation of a play. I would suggest not nearly adapted enough for me. The style of rapid conversation and argument is very theatrical, like an intense farce. It has the feel of a true classic and a high class of cast but is just too arty for me. The plot is very ordinary but that is its strength for me. A man at the end of his career feeling that he has achieved so little. Sad and pitiable. Hoffman and Malkovich are great and worth a watch, put your kaftan on for this one.

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