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Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  20 March 1993 (USA)
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F. Ross Johnson
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Henry Kravis
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Peter Cohen
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Linda Robinson
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Jim Robinson
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Laurie Johnson
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Edward A. Horrigan Jr.
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H. John Greeniaus
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Ted Forstmann
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Charlie Hugel
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Don Kelly
Peter Dvorsky ...
George Roberts
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Robert Allegro
Judy Altman ...
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Anthony the Pizza Man
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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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The film is set in 1988, but a post-1991 Chevrolet Caprice taxi is visible during a street scene. See more »

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Charlie Hugel: Now I know what the "F" in "F. Ross Johnson" stands for.
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corporate governance indeed
15 January 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Barbarians at the Gate" focuses on KKR's leveraged buyout of RJR-Nabisco in 1988-89. The movie does everything to a tee. James Garner plays Ross Johnson, the smooth-talking RJR executive. His affable demeanor and joke-telling affinity hides Machiavellian schemes, and all the while he really just likes his company's perks. Jonathan Pryce was practically born to play Henry Kravis: Pryce's devilish physiognomy perfectly represents what sort of a person this is.

A particularly effective scene is when the executives are flying in their corporate jets side by side, conversing with each other on their cell phones while servants prepare them drinks. It's the ultimate display of greed.

All in all, the whole thing captures what the '80s were all about, all the while managing to be humorous. It should come as no surprise that the first decade of the 21st century (The Aughts? The Noughts?) saw things like Enron. Perfect.

Also starring Joanna Cassidy (Dolores in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and Brenda's mom on "Six Feet Under"), former presidential candidate Fred Thompson, Jeffrey DeMunn and Peter Riegert (Boone in "Animal House").


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