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Salesman (1968)

G | | Documentary, Drama | 1968 (USA)
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Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.
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Credited cast:
Paul Brennan ...
Himself - 'The Badger'
Charles McDevitt ...
Himself - 'The Gipper'
James Baker ...
Himself - 'The Rabbit'
Raymond Martos ...
Himself - 'The Bull'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melbourne I. Feltman
Margaret McCarron
Kennie Turner
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Filmmakers (and brothers) Albert and David Maysles follow four employees of a company that makes expensive, ornate, illustrated bibles as they attempt to sell the items door-to-door to less-than-interested customers, who are mainly poor or lower-middle-class Catholics with little money to spend on pretty Bibles. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Caixeiro-Viajante  »

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$105,000 (estimated)
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The boxing match that is playing in the motel room is the middleweight heavy weight championship between Nino Benvenuti and Emile Griffith. See more »

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Featured in Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment (2000) See more »

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If I Were a Rich Man
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Written by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock
Portion sung by Paul Brennan
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Painfully Good
14 June 2002 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

I have a stomach for tough, realistic movies. I didn't flinch while watching the "Bad Lieutenant." But I had to turn this one off for a little while.

It's too real. It's painfully unromantic but often poignant. It's an absolutely amazing piece of filming.


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