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Tin Men (1987)

R  |   |  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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Star Billing: Richard Dreyfuss (1st), Danny DeVito (2nd) and Barbara Hershey (3rd). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bill Babowsky: I'm gonna get this guy. Just for the fun of it!
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Connections

References Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Hard as It Is
Lyrics by Roland Gift
Music by David Steele
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
Courtesy of IRS Records and London Records
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A Levinson Winner
19 December 2005 | by (Malltown) – See all my reviews

Chronicles the adventures of Frazier Crane's father, Mo, before he retired to Seattle on a bum leg.

While very few Barry L movies ever make it past contrived unfunny nonsense, Tin Men is a definite winner. Barry takes us back to his revered 1960s Baltimore and the ensemble cast has graduated from Diners drifter 20 somethings, to of all things, aluminum siding peddlers on the threshold of middle age. For some inexplicable reason, its not as dumb as it sounds. The performances are, to a man (and woman in Hersheys lone case) first rate. The script witty and touching. Above all however, is Tin Men's ability to get a laugh. From the Bonanza discussions that Tarentino would later graft onto his own Reservoir Dogs, to the 'tit for tat' revenge storyline, its all very very good. Even old Richard Dreyfuss who is probably the most all round unlikeable dude to ever carry the title of 'leading man', gives an uncharacteristically suitable performance. The mincing, whining, face-making exaggerated body language, in this film all works to perfection. DeVito with his extremely limited range, again lands himself in a movie that totally welcomes his character.

You would like to have seen just how Fraziers dad (Mahoney) injured his leg, but for some reason it is not detailed here. Levinson cant help being Levinson and strangely inserts the music of the Fine Young Cannibals into a film supposedly set 25 years earlier. Go figure.


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