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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 Year - 1963. Selling the American Dream is a risky, funny business - you could wind up paying with your wife! See more »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,411,386 (USA)
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The second feature film in which Barry Levinson acted as both sole writer and director. See more »

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When the salesmen are receiving their commissions in 1963, the lounge band is playing "The Girl From Ipanema" to which patrons are singing along. The actual album by Stan Getz that brought the famous song to the USA was not released until March 1964. See more »

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Ernest Tilley: Ok, Mr. Merengue, let's dance!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Willie Nelson (1987) See more »

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It's Not for Me to Say
Words by Al Stillman
Music by Robert Allen
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Hilarious and touching
2 August 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Few films can be laugh-out-loud funny and ultimately as touching and deep as this film. Most people remember the dialogue, seemingly ad-libbed during the diner scenes by the cast (Danny DeVito, Jackie Gayle, Bruno Kirby)--and that looks like the same diner that Barry Levinson used for his first movie. But the characters and their quirks are totally fleshed out before the conflict (DeVito's stiff neck, Dreyfuss's ladies' man schtick), making for a few truly hilarious lines and scenes (Gayle talking to DeVito about what a great dancer Dreyfuss is comes to mind). The movie really has a sad story underneath about very unhappy people who delight in the misfortunes of others, until Barbara Hershey's character realizes what's going on. All of these characters and story points climax in a rather sweet and yes, believable final sequence. This movie came out during a spate of late '80s blockbusters and never really found its audience, I think. But it is one of the few late '80s movies I rewatch every couple of years and find more to appreciate with each viewing. I would rank it as Levinson's best film.


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