Everyone has his own style of rest – someone travels, and someone drops on a comfortable bed and watches his favorite movie with a hot drink and delicious tangerines. And with purpose for spend your time not only pleasantly but also useful – we offer a selection of films that will make look at things differently and will become just an ideal find for those who want to improve their skills in sales and marketing.
* We recommend watching the movies in the original language
Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992
Genres: Crime, Drama
David Mamet’s award-winning play about a group of desperate real estate agents comes to the big screen from director James Foley. In a role created specifically for the movie, Alec Baldwin appears as a sales motivator, informing the group of hard-luck salesmen that they must compete in a sales contest where the losers will be fired. The agents work their same tired leads, until one hatches a scheme to burglarize the office, steal the leads, and sell them to a rival. Featuring a cast that includes Al Pacino as the office’s sales leader, Jack Lemmon as an elderly loser, Alan Arkin and Ed Harris as frustrated salesmen, Kevin Spacey as the harassed office manager, and Jonathan Pryce as a client, Glengarry Glen Ross is, at its core, a character study about a group of men whose time has passed.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent.
Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits—for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.
Catch me if you can (2002)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama
Nothing more than a random string of numbers, right? Or maybe a complicated computer code? Or the conclusion of an irrationally intricate mathematical calculation? Frank Abagnale Jr. knows it’s not. It’s the routing and account numbers at the bottom of a check. And he shouldknow. During the 1960s he forged and altered such numbers to the tune of nearly $4 million in five years—much to the chagrin and ulcer-inducing anxiety of FBI Agent Carl Hanratty. Agent Hanratty might be one of the best bank fraud men in the Bureau, but he’s never met a suspect like this. Frank not only forges checks, he forges lives. He’s been a substitute teacher. An airline pilot. A doctor. A lawyer. Even a Secret Service agent. And he’s not even old enough to buy liquor. Faced with the overwhelmingly dismal prospect of his parents’ divorce, Frank ran away from home at the age of 16. Determined to repair his fractured family by making enough money to lure his wayward mother back, he begins impersonating people who make a lot of dough, then forges payroll checks from the companies at which he finds himself “employed.” The chase is on. Frank pursues elusive emotional wholeness with fortune, fame and girls galore, while Hanratty doggedly follows Frank.
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company’s “hospitality suite” at a manufacturers’ convention for a “big kahuna” named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can persuade him to place an order that could salvage the company’s flagging sales. Phil (Danny DeVito) is in his mid-50s; he’s devoted his life to his job but emotionally has little to show for it. He’s learned to live with the loneliness of a salesman’s life, but is smarting over the recent collapse of his marriage and is trying to quit drinking. Bob (Peter Facinelli) is a quiet but observant newcomer in his 20s, recently married and adjusting to his first business trip. And Larry (Kevin Spacey) is a bundle of energy who likes to drink, smoke, and start arguments; he’s openly confrontational with Phil and Bob and quick to pick up on their foibles and failings. Phil and Larry become more impatient and bitter as the evening wears on, especially when they learn that “the big kahuna” already dropped by the suite; wearing someone else’s name tag, he had a few drinks, talked with Bob about the recent death of his dog and Christianity, and never mentioned placing an order. Screenwriter Roger Rueff based the script on his play +Hospitality Suite; Kevin Spacey was a co-producer as well as starring as Larry.
Boiler Room (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
In this drama that explores greed and corruption in American business, Giovanni Ribisi plays Seth Davis, an intelligent and ambitious college dropout who runs a casino in his apartment. Eager to show his father that he can succeed, Seth lands a job with a small stock brokerage firm. He is given a space in the company’s “boiler room,” where he makes cold calls to prospective clients. As it turns out, Seth has a genuine talent for cold calling, which gains him the approval of his superiors, the admiration of his father, and the attentions of one of his co-workers, Abby Hilliard (Nia Long). However, the higher up the ladder Seth rises, the deeper he sinks into a quagmire of dirty dealings, until he’s breaking the law in order to keep his bosses happy and his paychecks coming. The Boiler Room also features Tom Everett Scott, Scott Caan, Jamie Kennedy, Nicky Katt, and Ben Affleck in a cameo as the headhunter who brings Seth into the firm. Ribisi and Scott also appeared together in That Thing You Do; Ribisi was the drummer replaced by Scott, who then led The One-Ders to fictional pop stardom.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score. As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably a master of his universe. Trouble is — Jerry’s mind, mouth and soul are usually on automatic pilot. He’s good at friendship, but (as his numerous ex-girlfriends testify) bad at intimacy. Still, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Jerry that a sudden dose of failure can’t cure. A week after spontaneously writing a stirring, visionary mission statement for SMI entitled ‘The Things We Think And Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business,’ he’s unceremoniously fired. Stripped of his job and a good measure of his identity, the tenacious but hanging-by-a-thread Jerry is forced to start from scratch. He’s joined on his journey to redemption by two unlikely allies: Rod Tidwell, a second-tier wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals; and Dorothy Boyd, a wistful 26-year-old single mother who departs her accountancy position with SMI for a very uncertain future with her new boss.
Death of a Salesman (1985)
Genre: Drama, Television
In 1984, actor Dustin Hoffman starred in a critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of playwright Arthur Miller’s classic Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Death of a Salesman. A year later, Hoffman and most of his fellow cast members starred in this made-for-TV production, the first English-language film by German director Volker Schlondorff. Hoffman stars as Willy Loman, an aging salesman who has lost his job because of encroaching senility. Now living on handouts provided by his friend Charley (Charles Durning), Willy’s lifelong delusions of success and greatness awaiting just around the corner for he and his family have been shattered, and he’s considering suicide. As he reflects on his life and the failed promise of his sons Biff (John Malkovich) and Happy (Stephen Lang), Willy finally confronts some unpleasant truths about both sons, particularly Biff, a one-time athlete who has become a kleptomaniac. One of the best of the many filmed versions of Miller’s seminal work, Death of a Salesman (1985) won several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Hoffman.
Such movies certainly inspire for great professional feats, but without experience and practical knowledge, you will never be able to achieve the desired performance in sales, like any other profession.
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