Death of a Salesman

1966 | Broadway/Drama | 100 minutes | English

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This superb video rendition is noteworthy in that it reunites the original leads, Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock. It was shortened from the original Broadway production but fortunately the editing was done by the original playwright, Arthur Miller. Viewers can thus be sure that not much substance was lost in the changes.
The play is about Willy Loman, a tired, old salesman who has long passed his peak. His business accounts no longer want to see him and very few give him orders to fill. His long-suffering wife, Linda, tries, in vain, to comfort him. Willy’s hopes and dreams are with his two sons, Biff and Happy. They are both outgoing, charming, and popular, but they disappoint Willy. The boys have big dreams but the dreams don’t amount too much. Meanwhile, the boys’ nerdy friend Bernard, attains success as a lawyer appearing before the Supreme Court. As Willy sees his sons floundering, he heartbreakingly asks Bernard, “What’s the secret?” Willy is no longer able to support his family but is helped by his wealthy neighbor Charley. Willy anguishes and hallucinates about how he turned down Uncle Ben’s adventurous but risky opportunity to make a fortune. The play is a tragedy. It’s also, truly and simply, about the death of a salesman.
Cast
Lee J. Cobb (Willy Loman) / Mildred Dunnock (Linda Loman) / James Farentino (Happy Loman) / George Segal (Biff Loman) / Gene Wilder (Bernard) / Edward Andrews (Charley) / Albert Dekker (Uncle Ben)
Why Stream This Play?
There have been numerous revivals of this masterpiece by Arthur Miller.  But to see this production with the original leads, Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock, and an equally extraordinary supporting cast, is an experience of a lifetime.
Accolades
  • Directors Guild of America Award: Winner, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television (Alex Segal and James B. Clark)
  • Emmy Awards: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama (Alex Segal and James B. Clark); Outstanding Dramatic Program (Producers David Susskind and Daniel Melnick); Best Adaptation (Arthur Miller); Primetime Award for Outstanding Single Performance in a Leading Role (Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock)
If Norma Desmond had been able to see it she wouldn’t have worried about the pictures getting small.An evening of high drama not to be missed.”—Joan Crosby, “The Pittsburgh Press
Joan Crosby

The Pittsburgh Press

Few directors tell large-scale stories with as much sensitivity as Cuarón. In ROMA he refined his style of marshaling various narrative strategies, including cinematic spectacle.  He uses both intimacy and monumentality to express the depths of ordinary life.
Jack Gould

The New York Times

This production promptly took its place among the most unforgettable productions in the history of the video medium.
Rick Du Brow

United Press International

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