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Tin Men (1987)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  13 March 1987 (USA)
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A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.

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One step short of larceny, the aluminum siding salesmen in this movie sell their wares, compete with each other, and engage in a lot of great dialog. Tin Men focuses on the rivalry between BB Babowsky and Ernest Tilley. At the same time, the end of small world of which they are kings looms near as a government probe investigates their industry. Written by Reid Gagle

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The American Dream Changes. The People Who Sell It Don't. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,411,386 (USA)
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One of three 1987 movies starring actor Richard Dreyfussfirst released in that year. The other pictures were Nuts (1987) and Stakeout (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Danny DeVito comes home late one night, he pours himself a glass of orange juice from a cardboard style carton. Orange juice didn't come in cartons until the 70s. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Tilley: Ok, Mr. Merengue, let's dance!
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References Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) See more »

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Good Thing
Lyrics by Roland Gift
Music by David Steele
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
Courtesy of IRS Records and London Records
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underrated classic
31 August 2002 | by (washington DC) – See all my reviews

This heartbreakingly funny comedy is lovingly rooted in Baltimore, giving it a nice cultural base. Devito and Dreyfuss give wonderful performances as a pair of con artists (common at that time) whose hard shell of sales shtick and dishonesty is merely a by product of the job. Each day they are aware of the slow chipping away of their integrity; its the price of admission into the high risk/high reward grift they ply. This is one of barry levinson's best efforts.


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