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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.


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  (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
Crew believed to be complete

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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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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
"Death of a salesman" without death but with real life., 7 February 2002
Author: pellets from Stockholm, Sweden

A tragic summary of a job that demands a very cynic and indoctrinated person. Brilliant fun at times, but what you, as a viewer, are laughing at, are indeed real people, with real emotions.

The "direct cinema" style of the film is very convincing, though not without leaving doubts about real truth in documentaries. The problem with the "missing body" is not there, but problems about representing people and reality still creeps up on you during the film. However, there is little evidence in the film that the filmmakers are interrupting anything, none of the people in the film ever react to the camera.

Certainly a worthwhile documentary film for those interested in the subject per se. Interesting also to notice that all the classic sales-tricks are in place as early as 1969.

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