Glengarry Glen Ross first hit movies theaters 20 years ago today, bringing David Mamet's play about the desperate measures salesmen will take when their jobs are on the line to the big screen. The film didn't do well at the box office in its original run, but it's become a cult classic for its depiction of cutthroat company men and their copious profanity. The most enduring part of the film is undoubtedly Alec Baldwin's "Always Be Closing" speech. "We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest," he informs a team of underperforming salesmen, practically oozing with disdain. "As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado ... Second prize? A set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired." The monologue wasn't even in Mamet's original play, but since the film came out, the speech has become synonymous with Glengarry Glen Ross, spawning countless parodies. To mark the film's 20th anniversary, we've rounded up the best ones.
Public radio is about as far from Alec Baldwin's intimidating character as you can get, and NPR affiliates love subverting their un-intimidating reputation in Glengarry spoofs. Here's WBEZ boss Torey Malatia—the guy This American Life lampoons in their closing credits—berating volunteers during the Chicago station's pledge drive: