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Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

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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Anthony the Pizza Man
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Storyline

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 »

Goofs

When the private jet takes off from Charlie Brown Airport, Atlanta (now Fulton County Airport) with only the dog on board (at around 33min into the film), the runway is clearly marked "12L". There is no such runway at that airport (the three runways are 8/26, 14/32 and 9/27). In addition, the use of "L" indicates there is more than one runway with the same bearing, suggesting a larger airport. See more »

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Charlie Hugel: Now I know what the "F" in "F. Ross Johnson" stands for.
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Greed,Inc
31 July 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This movie is great!the takeover of RJR Nabisco was the Zenith of Greed in the US,and this movie exemplifies it.the cast is great,but James Garner steals the film.The escalation of the bidding,the greed and the Oreos fly in this movie;Which makes you wanna run out to buy some Oreos and a gallon of milk and laugh at this masterpiece of 80's decadance.Were we really that Greedy in the 80's?


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