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Salesman (1969)

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Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Brennan Paul Brennan ... Himself - 'The Badger'
Charles McDevitt Charles McDevitt ... Himself - 'The Gipper'
James Baker James Baker ... Himself - 'The Rabbit'
Raymond Martos Raymond Martos ... Himself - 'The Bull'
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Filmmakers (and brothers) Albert and David Maysles follow four employees of a company that makes expensive, ornate, illustrated bibles as they attempt to sell the items door-to-door to less-than-interested customers, who are mainly poor or lower-middle-class Catholics with little money to spend on pretty Bibles. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Documentary | Drama

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Maysles Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caixeiro-Viajante See more »

Filming Locations:

Auburn, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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$105,000 (estimated)
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Maysles Films See more »
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Mono
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The boxing match that is playing in the motel room is the middleweight heavy weight championship between Nino Benvenuti and Emile Griffith. See more »


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Yesterday
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Percy Faith
[Plays on stereo in customer's home]
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A time capsule
30 September 2009 | by GethinVanHSee all my reviews

A 1969 documentary about a group of salesman selling bibles to the masses. It's probably most interesting because you see how people lived and worked 40 years ago. The salesmen themselves are interesting but so are the people they meet. Of course they use every trick in their book to sell their bibles ("Did I tell you I'm an Irish catholic?"). Very interesting to see how these men worked in a job which is now very much gone. Alone on the road they share their misery and failings with their fellow salesmen who yawn and offer some half-hearted advice.

Salesman is a real version Glengary Glen Ross 25 years before that movie was made. What we have here is a time capsule of 1969. The decorations in the homes, the clothing, the cars, the way they talk, it's all pretty dated by today's standards. But it's interesting to see how people lived in 1969.


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