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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,411,386 (USA)
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Trivia

The exterior for the Life Magazine scam scene was writer-director Barry Levinson's childhood home in Baltimore. See more »

Goofs

Two of the "tin men" are waiting at a traffic light in a '59 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. However, when we switch to a view of the two guys through the windshield, the vehicle becomes a hardtop. Switching back to a longer shot, the car is again a ragtop. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Tilley: Ok, Mr. Merengue, let's dance!
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References Bonanza (1959) 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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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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