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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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,411,386 (USA)
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The picture's Tin Men (1987) title inadvertently, unintentionally, and unavoidably referenced the famous "Tin Man" character, who was portrayed by Jack Haley, from MGM's classic musical The Wizard of Oz (1939), which had been made and released around forty-eight years earlier, almost half a century. See more »

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Although the movie takes place in the 1960's, in the car accident scene, two male onlookers are wearing late 1980's style eyeglass frames. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Tilley: There is no sympathy for the working man in this country.
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »

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La Bamba
Written and Performed by Ritchie Valens
Courtesy of Rhino Records
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12 November 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I grew up with characters like Dreyfus and DeVito, hustlers out there selling anything. Somewhere between 1963 and the time the film came out, they disappeared from our streets, only to move into six story office buildings that dot the suburbs of Northeastern cities. Now they spend their time on the phone, trying to interest prospects that new windows will surely cut their fuel bills.

I came to realize this great truth one day in 1988 when I went to rent a car and was told to come to Executive Plaza 5, Suite 414. As I walked the halls, all I could see in open offices were the Tin Men of 1963 at it again.

The movie crackles and sets off sparks. You don't know who to root for, and for good reason. This is not a buddy movie, but I suspect a remembrance by Levinson of people he knew growing up.


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