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Tin Men (1987)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  6 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 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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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,411,386 (USA)
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Barry Levinson:  Uncredited, as the voice of a baseball stadium announcer. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Willie Nelson (1987) See more »

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Life's Too Short
Written by Phil Huth and Lee Bonner
Performed by The Lafayettes
Courtesy of RCA 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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