Death of a Salesman is a 1951 film adapted from the play of the same name by Arthur Miller. It was directed by Laszlo Benedek and written for the screen by Stanley Roberts. It received numerous nominations for awards, and won several of them, including four Golden Globe Awards and the Volpi Cup. Alex North, the man who had written the music for the Broadway version of the play, composed the score for the film, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his music.
Though the film won over many film critics and received nominations for many awards, it was a box office failure. The subject matter, the failure of the American dream, did not appeal to many of the era's moviegoers.