From the epitomised Fuller Brush man carrying a bag of products in the 1940s, to a polished young corporate professional trading in the stock market in a contemporary brokerage company, Hollywood had romanticized the art of selling and buying since cinema was produced.
There’s something innately fascinating about the psychological game that goes on between the buyer and seller that the viewers watch.
- The Pursuit of Happyness
Based on a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness is about a salesperson, Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith. The movie reflects Gardner’s struggles of being homeless, raising his son and challenging to get a position as a salesperson at a brokerage company. The film earned over $300 million at the box office and Will Smith was nominated for the Academy Awards and Golden Globe as a best actor.
- The Big Kahuna
Characters Larry (Kevin Spacey), Phil (Danny DeVito), and Bob Walker (Peter Fancinelli) are new sales representatives at a struggling industrial lubricant manufacturer. They look forward at a main meeting waiting to make their sales pitch to The Big Kahuna, a potential client with the capacity of helping the company from financial problems.
- Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman, based on the Pulitzer Prize play and is woven around an unhappy life of a salesman during the end of his career. Many versions are made including one in 1985 with Dustin Hofman.
This Emmy-winning adaptation of Arthur Miller’s landmark play premiered on CBS. Intensely supported by John Malkovich and Stephen Lang, Dustin Hoffman’s genuinely moving depiction of the hopeless Willy Loman brings Miller’s bleak tale to tragic life. Using door-to-door sales as a metaphor for the failure of the American Dream, the movie is a touching sketch of a man whose helplessness to change proves his downfall.
- The Wolf of Wall Street
This blockbuster hit, directed by Matin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Jonah hill, earned nearly $400 million in the box office. The film is based on a true story of salesperson Jordan Belfort’s, played by Dicaprio rise to a wealthy man through scamming people into purchasing junk stock. The film focuses on Belfort’s sales skills and was nominated for five positions at the 86th Academy Awards.
- Glengarry Glen Ross
With searing power and dire dialogues, David Mamet’s misanthropic work of art is about a group of distressed salesmen in a Chicago working in a real-estate office.
The manager in charge of eventual sales leads, Kevin Spacey’s pitiless behaviour has hardly ever been more successful.
Watching him maneuver a inexperienced customer into buying acres of rubbish assets is both terrible and thrilling.