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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,381, 8 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,411,386
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Diner where the 'tin men' regularly eat has aluminum siding but in the second chapter it is being renovated (meaning: progress/change) by overlaying a brick and mortar facade. See more »

Goofs

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: If Mr. Merengue wants to play, we'll play!
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Connections

References The Birds (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Life's Too Short
Written by Phil Huth and Lee Bonner
Performed by The Lafayettes
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Hilarious and touching
2 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Few films can be laugh-out-loud funny and ultimately as touching and deep as this film. Most people remember the dialogue, seemingly ad-libbed during the diner scenes by the cast (Danny DeVito, Jackie Gayle, Bruno Kirby)--and that looks like the same diner that Barry Levinson used for his first movie. But the characters and their quirks are totally fleshed out before the conflict (DeVito's stiff neck, Dreyfuss's ladies' man schtick), making for a few truly hilarious lines and scenes (Gayle talking to DeVito about what a great dancer Dreyfuss is comes to mind). The movie really has a sad story underneath about very unhappy people who delight in the misfortunes of others, until Barbara Hershey's character realizes what's going on. All of these characters and story points climax in a rather sweet and yes, believable final sequence. This movie came out during a spate of late '80s blockbusters and never really found its audience, I think. But it is one of the few late '80s movies I rewatch every couple of years and find more to appreciate with each viewing. I would rank it as Levinson's best film.


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