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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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Storyline

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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Les filous  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,411,386 (USA)
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Trivia

Principal photography on this picture started in July 1986. See more »

Goofs

When Tilley discusses his accident with his friends at the café, we hear him say "of all the people who could be running into me it has to be another tin man." However, his lips suggest the word "another" was a replacement for an expletive. See more »

Quotes

Bill Babowsky: Are you a Lunatic? Are you tellin' me that you didn't see me comin' out of this lot? There's a red light there for cryin' out loud! You're supposed to stop!
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References Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) See more »

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Try a Little Tenderness
Words and Music by Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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2 February 2005 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Tin Men is one of my favorite movies of all time. The thing that always strikes me whenever I watch this movie is that while the characters of Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito are seemingly feuding non-stop throughout the movie, in reality they are actually kindred spirits. It's like they see themselves in the other but don't really like what they see. Barbara Hershey is great as the haggard housewife who looks for something more fulfilling in her life. All the supporting cast is excellent. I love the diner dialog which is reminiscent of Barry Levinson's previous film "Diner." The background scenes of Baltimore landscape add to the realistic atmosphere of the movie. Overall, I think this movie is vastly underrated. I'd love to see a sequel with Dreyfuss and DeVito as partners in a VW dealership.


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