David Mamet


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David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director.

Best known as a playwright, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and 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). Mamet's books include: The Old ... more »

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  • ''I'm responding to the will of the people.''
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Al Capone (Robert DeNiro), The Untouchables, a remark made to reporters questioning Capone's crimin...
  • ''You got an all-out prize fight, you wait 'til the fight's over, one guy's left standing and that's how you know who's won.''
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Al Capone (Robert DeNiro), The Untouchables, remark to reporters regarding the upcoming tax evasion...
  • ''I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say 'you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.'''
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Al Capone (Robert DeNiro), The Untouchables, response to reporters questioning his unorthodox busin...
  • ''Life in the movie business is like the beginning of a new love affair: it's full of surprises and you're constantly getting fucked.''
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. Charlie Fox, in Speed the Plow, sc. 1 (1988).
  • ''The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let's think about what's the whole battle.''
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner), The Untouchables, said to a Canadian Mountie who believes surprising b...
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