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Tin Men (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 13 March 1987 (USA)
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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,411,386 (USA)
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Trivia

Production designer Peter Jamison was having trouble finding the right kind of house to match Barry Levinson's exact specifications, namely a three-storey wooden structure with a little lawn, set back from the road, and in need of a new frame. Levinson told him to go to 4211 Springdale Avenue, Baltimore, which was the house where he grew up. See more »

Goofs

When Danny DeVito comes home late one night, he pours himself a glass of orange juice from a cardboard style carton. Orange juice didn't come in cartons until the 70s. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Tilley: [about to smash BB's car windows] OK, Mr. Merengue... let's dance!
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Connections

References Bonanza (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me What
Lyrics by Roland Gift
Music by David Steele
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
Courtesy of IRS Records and London Records
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Diner vs Rain Man
30 January 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

You can tell when you are watching a movie made by Barry Levinson. Diner, Tin Men and Rain Man all have a similar touch, even though they are different movies, they are made by the same artist. In Tin Men, the audience is treated to a comedy, and is rewarded with a hidden drama. Much like Diner and Rainman, the movie has its comical moments. Still, this is a story about people and a drama that they live. The comedy is the teaspoon of sugar that helps the drama go down. DeVito and Dreyfuss are nothing short of great. The supporting cast in Tin Men is just as good. You forget that you are watching a movie at times. The movie is at times up lifting as well as thoughtful with a strong ending that makes the rest of the movie great. A hidden gem / comedy. This is one of those movies that you can not go wrong with.


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