David Mamet





David Mamet

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November 30, 1947

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David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.

As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997).

His recent books include The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and antisemi...more


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Glengarry Glen Ross
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Oleanna
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American Buffalo
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Sexual Perversity in Chicag...
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True and False: Heresy and ...
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On Directing Film
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,105 ratings — published 1991 — 6 editions
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Speed-the-Plow
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 941 ratings — published 1988 — 7 editions
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Three Uses of the Knife: On...
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The Secret Knowledge: On th...
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“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
David Mamet, Boston Marriage

“It's only words... unless they're true.”
David Mamet

“Every scene should be able to answer three questions: "Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don't get it? Why now?”
David Mamet, Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business



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