Death of a Salesman

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Volker Schlöndorff
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations.
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136 min

Boy, oh boy, oh boy.


It's all right.

I came back.

Why, what happened?

Did something happen, Willy?

- Nothing happened.

- You didn't smash the car?

I said nothing happened!

- Didn't you hear me?

- Don't you feel well?

I'm tired to the death.

I, uh, I couldn't make it.

I just couldn't make it, Linda.

Where were you all day?

You look terrible.

Oh, I got as far

as a little above Yonkers.

I stopped for a cup of coffee.

- Maybe it was the coffee.

- What?

I suddenly couldn't drive anymore.

The car kept going off

onto the shoulder.

Maybe it's the steering.

I don't think

Angelo knows the Studebaker.

No, it's me. Suddenly I realise

I'm going 60 miles an hour

and I don't remember

the last five minutes.

I can't seem to keep my mind to it.

Maybe it's your glasses.

You never went for new glasses.

I see everything.

I came back ten miles an hour.

It took me nearly four hours

from Yonkers.

You just gotta take a rest.

You can't continue like this.

Aw, I just got back from Florida.

But you didn't rest your mind.

Your mind is overactive

and the mind is what counts, dear.

I'll start out in the morning.

Maybe I'll feel better in the morning.

Oh, these... these arch supports

are killing me.

Take an aspirin.

Should I get you an aspirin?

Lt'll soothe you.

I was driving along, understand?

I was fine.

I was even observing the scenery.

You can imagine me looking at scenery

on the road every week of my life.

But it's so beautiful up there, Linda.

The trees are thick and the sun is warm.

I just open the windshield

and let the warm air bathe over me.

And then all of a sudden I'm...

...l'm going off the road.

I'm telling you,

I absolutely forgot I was driving.

If I'd have gone the other way

over the white line

I might have killed somebody.

So, I went on again and five minutes

later I'm dreaming again and I nearly...

I have such thoughts.

I have such strange thoughts.

Talk to them again, Willy.

There's no reason

why you can't work in New York.

I'm the New England man.

I'm vital in New England.

You're 60 years old. They can't expect

you to keep driving every week.

I'll have to send a wire to Portland.

I'm supposed to see Brown and Morrison

tomorrow morning to show the line.

- Oh, I could sell them.

- Now, Willy.

Go down to that place again.

Talk to Howard.

Tell him you gotta work in New York.

You're too accommodating.

If old man Wagner was alive,

I'd have been in charge of New York now.

That man was a prince.

He was a masterful man.

That boy of his, Howard,

he don't appreciate.

When I went north the first time,

the Wagner Company didn't know

where New England was.

Why don't you

tell these things to Howard?

Oh, I will. I definitely will.

- Oh, is there any cheese?

- I'll make you a sandwich.

Go to sleep. I'll take some milk.


Maybe he smashed up the car again.

He's gonna get his licence taken away

if he keeps that up.

I'm getting nervous about him, you know.

- His eyes are gone.

- No, I've driven with him.

He sees all right.

Just, he doesn't keep his mind on it.

I drove into the city

with him last week.

He stops at a green light.

It turns red and he goes.

- Maybe he's colour blind.

- Pop?

He's got the finest eye for colour

in the business.

- The boys in?

- They're sleeping.

- Happy took Biff on a date tonight.

- Is that so?

It was so thrilling,

seeing them shaving together,

one behind the other in the bathroom

and going out together.

- Did you notice?

- Hm?

The whole house smells

of shaving lotion.

Figure it out.

Work a lifetime to pay off a house.

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Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist, and figure in twentieth-century American theater. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A View from the Bridge (1955, revised 1956). He also wrote several screenplays and was most noted for his work on The Misfits (1961). The drama Death of a Salesman has been numbered on the short list of finest American plays in the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. During this time, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee; and was married to Marilyn Monroe. In 1980, Miller received the St. Louis Literary Award from the Saint Louis University Library Associates. He received the Prince of Asturias Award and the Praemium Imperiale prize in 2002 and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003, as well as the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Lifetime Achievement Award. more…

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