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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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Moving Tribute to Door to Door Salesmen from the Past 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 
 
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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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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Moving Tribute to Door to Door Salesmen from the Past, 2 June 2006
Author: John Bale from Australia

This interesting documentary is like a time capsule. Bringing to life the late 1960's, in a sometimes unsettling manner. It tells the story of a group of door to door Irish/American salesmen, selling Bibles in Boston and Florida. It is fascinating to watch the actual sales pitch, the manners and way we were at that time. (Smoking was certainly the order of the day) The growing desperation of one of the older salesmen as his sales figures slump, is quite as moving as in the play "Death of a Salesman". Anyone who has ever been involved is selling direct to the public should make this compulsive viewing. The documentary technique is also exceptional. There is not a word of commentary, introduction, or the usual "talking head" interviews that slow so many of todays TV documentaries. The characters themselves, and clever editing clearly tell the story and create the a raw drama. Camera work is remarkable for the time too, the subjects never seem to be aware of the filming process, unlike much Reality TV. This is a true American Tragedy, reflecting the loneliness of old time salesmen, and indeed that of many people with whom they deal. It is a credit to the Maysles.

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