Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  20 March 1993 (USA)
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The president of a major tobacco company decides to buy the company himself, but a bidding war ensues as other companies make their own offers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cohen
Linda Robinson
Jim Robinson
Laurie Johnson
H. John Greeniaus
Ted Forstmann
Don Kelly
Peter Dvorsky ...
Robert Allegro
Judy Altman ...
Robinson's Aide
Anthony the Pizza Man


F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of RJR Nabisco decides that the time is ripe to take over his own company and enlists American Express. This kicks off a tide of other firms swarming in to tender offers. The outline of the film follows the actual takeover of the RJR Nabisco empire in a tongue in cheek way. Written by John Vogel <>

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At the golf course, Ross mentions giving away free Gucci watches and Polaroids. James Garner, who plays Ross, starred in Polaroid's TV commercials in the 70s and 80s. See more »


The film is set in 1988, but a post-1991 Chevrolet Caprice taxi is visible during a street scene. See more »


Henry Kravis: It's not the company. It's the credibility. My credibility. I can't just sit on the bench and let other people play the game. Not my game. Not with their rules.
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Country Estate
Music by Geoff Levin and Chris Many
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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financial headhunters at work on Wall St.
8 May 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Entertaining look at the in-fighting involved in the takeover of the Nabisco Co. The CEO of Nabisco wants to buy out the company, but is thwarted by the machinations of a big money rival. A rousing financial war begins leading to a satisfying grand finale. I liked the dialogue, especially the witty quips that James Garner was fond of throwing out. Jonathan Pryce was great as the chilling corporate raider. Thumbs up.

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