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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'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melbourne I. Feltman Melbourne I. Feltman
Margaret McCarron Margaret McCarron
Kennie Turner Kennie Turner
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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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Official Sites:

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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Budget:

$105,000 (estimated)
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Maysles Films See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

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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Referenced in Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Four (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Brilliant
28 May 2005 | by Judge8080See all my reviews

Salesman(1969) Quite possibly the best documentary ever made. The Maysles' Brothers( Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) mesmerizing story follows four bible salesmen pounding the turf selling over priced bibles to poor catholics and the tactics that they use to pull off these sales.One salesman in particular, Paul "the Badger' Brennan is the central character of the documentary and it is heart wrenching to watch his decline from a once successful salesman to an also-ran whose heart and soul just aren't into it anymore. One unforgettable scene has another salesman humiliating Brennan in front of a customer. This documentary is a real slice of Americana and a film worth watching time and time again.


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