7 Most Memorable Salesmen In Movie History


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7 Most Memorable Salesmen In Movie History

  1. 1. AAyuja © 2013Disclaimer: This presentation and the information provided here is indicative in nature andshould not be treated as views of the organization.7 Most Memorable Salesmen In MovieHistoryMeet Goals, Beat Competition, Exceed Expectations
  2. 2. AAyuja Internal and Confidential © 2012The archetype of sleazy, corrupt Wall Street players, Gordon Gekko is theman you never want sitting across from you at a brokerage firm. With hisfamous greed is good speech, and stock manipulation via insiderinformation, there is nothing clean about this guy except, maybe, that hecan give one hell of a presentation. This guy could sell Enron stock to yourpensioner aunt!Movie: Wall StreetCharacter: Gordon GekkoArtist: Michael DouglasDefining quote: Greed is good!1
  3. 3. AAyuja Internal and Confidential © 2012There are two versions of Las Vegas: today’s commercialized, main-streamfriendly Vegas born in the 1980s, and then there’s a Las Vegas run by themafia, owned by the Rat Pack, and catering to a grittier clientele. Thissecond Vegas is where Ace Rothstein thrives. The brutal head of theTangiers Hotel, Rothstein makes it very clear that you do not want to hit thejackpot at his casino, lest you want to be hit by a hammer.Movie: CasinoCharacter: Ace RothsteinArtist: Robert De NiroDefining quote: Back home, theywould have put me in jail for whatI’m doing. Here, they’re giving meawards!2
  4. 4. AAyuja Internal and Confidential © 2012Learning that crime does pay (literally) from his father, young Frank puts hispowerful impersonation skills to work, swindling many people out of manydollars. He transitions from PanAm pilot to doctor to attorney withoutblinking an eye, without ever being suspected. This kid even pretends to bePresident in front of the First Lady.Movie: Catch me if you canCharacter: Frank Abagnale Jr.Artist: Leonardo DiCaprioDefining quote: Do you concur?3
  5. 5. AAyuja Internal and Confidential © 2012Chris Varick is every jock you hated in high school, every frat-douche whotried to beat you up at a college party. Yet, he made it to the top becausehe can sell anything over the phone. He has more tricks up his sleeve thanHoudini and would lie to his own mother if it meant closing another sale.And when the day is done, he leaves with a big smile on his face.Movie: Boiler RoomCharacter: Chris VarickArtist: Vin DieselDefining quote: This stock is blowingup right now, the whole firm isgoing nuts. Hold on, let me open upthe door to my office!4
  6. 6. AAyuja Internal and Confidential © 2012Car salesmen can seem as shady as mobsters, but Paul Vitti is the real deal.Straight out of Sing Sing, Vitti takes a job at a dealership to legitimizehimself, but his past clearly shines through in his sales pitch. Vitti is ruthlessand tactless in closing a sale, but tough words are better than tough fists.Movie: Analyze ThatCharacter: Paul VittiArtist: Robert De NiroDefining quote: Toyota, Lexus-Japanese. Let’s not forget pearlharbor!5
  7. 7. AAyuja Internal and Confidential © 2012Lundegaard is just another used car salesman from the upper plains. Helives in a middle-class home, and seems oddly naive and that is just whatmakes his character so slimy. His harmless persona gets him far. He cansweet talk you into a deal you don’t want, or he can kidnap his wife andransom her to his father-in-law. Yep, just another Everyman.Movie: FargoCharacter: Jerry LundegaardArtist: William H. MacyDefining quote: Hiya, hon! Welcomeback! How was Fargo?6
  8. 8. AAyuja Internal and Confidential © 2012Ricky Roma doesn’t let anything stand in the way of him and a sell. He’llshout, push, and kick his way to the top, but when he’s face to face with apotential buyer, he is intense and compassionate or so you think. Thisconniving salesman is always about to snap, so you better buy whatever heis selling.Movie: Glengarry Glen RossCharacter: Ricky RomaArtist: Al PacinoDefining quote: You never open yourmouth until you know what the shotis!7