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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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 »

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Charlie Hugel: Now I know what the "F" in "F. Ross Johnson" stands for.
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Repel the invaders
12 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Based on the true events of CEO Ross Johnson trying to take over his company Nabisco, watching Barbarians At The Gate all I could think of is had this film come out while the actual events were going on the real Ross Johnson would have had a great propaganda machine at his disposal.

Barbarians At The Gate will never take the place of such classic films based on big business like The Power And The Prize, B.F.'s Daughter, Executive Suite or even Cash McCall which James Garner also starred in. I like Garner, but I don't think he ever got into what really made Ross Johnson tick.

Garner's rival in the takeover process is Jonathan Pryce who's a Gordon Gekko type, but a real bloodless one. In fact Garner is the only one who seems like flesh and blood. I did learn that these folks who start out in corporate management really haven't a clue as to how the working man deals with things nor do they care to find out.

A good effort, but Barbarians At The Gate falls way short of the mark.


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