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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Bill Babowsky (Richard Dreyfuss)'s nickname for Ernest Tilley (Danny DeVito) was "Mr Banana Head". Ernest Tilley (Danny DeVito)'s nickname for Bill Babowsky (Richard Dreyfuss was "Little Lord Fauntleroy". See more »

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During location shots at the Cadillac crash scene the same dark blue Thunderbird passes in the background after several seconds elapse. See more »

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Bill Babowsky: I'm gonna get this guy. Just for the fun of it!
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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You don't like it? Then you don't like real life either...
22 January 2008 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

I think it is among the best movies i've ever seen. It gives me somehow a good feeling every time i watch it. The life of the two characters played by Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss could be the life of any of us. It makes the movie smell like real life. It is a simple story about a simple life of some "special" tin agents struggling for survival in a non friendly political environment. They only want to sell their product. They have many tricks to do that. The two characters are in the same industry but they have turned against each other because of a simple and minor car accident. As the story develops we can look into the life of the two characters. See their friends, their family their problems their happiness. We don't know who is the good guy and who is the bad one. The point is, after the movie we just simple start loving both of the characters just because they are as human as just any of us. There is no action, blood and sex in this movie just the story of some ordinary people but with so much humor, love and sense that you can't miss it!


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