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Salesman -- A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses--then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. The Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.
Salesman -- 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.
Salesman -- This landmark documentary captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman, complete with quotas, despair, and the frustrations of life on the road.

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1968 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Painfully Good See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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

Directed by
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
Charlotte Zwerin 
 
Produced by
Albert Maysles .... producer
David Maysles .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Albert Maysles 
 
Film Editing by
David Maysles 
Charlotte Zwerin 
 
Sound Department
Dick Vorisek .... sound mixer
Maurice Schell .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ellen Giffard .... contributing film editor
Barbara Jarvis .... assistant editor
Maurice Schell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Maysles .... development
David Maysles .... researcher
 
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85 min | Argentina:85 min (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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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Painfully Good, 14 June 2002
Author: dpmoretti from LA

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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