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Salesman (1968)

 -  Documentary  -  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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Cast

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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1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caixeiro-Viajante  »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992. See more »


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Yesterday
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Percy Faith
[Plays on stereo in customer's home]
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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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