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Tin Men (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 13 March 1987 (USA)
A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill 'BB' Babowsky
... Ernest Tilley
... Nora Tilley
... Moe Adams
Jackie Gayle ... Sam
... Gil
... Cheese
... Mouse
... Wing
... Carly
... Looney
... Stanley
... Masters
... Bagel
... Nellie
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Storyline

One step short of larceny, the aluminum siding salesmen in this movie sell their wares, compete with each other, and engage in a lot of great dialog. Tin Men focuses on the rivalry between BB Babowsky and Ernest Tilley. At the same time, the end of small world of which they are kings looms near as a government probe investigates their industry. Written by Reid Gagle

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The American Dream Changes. The People Who Sell It Don't. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les filous  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,381, 8 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,411,386
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss and J.T. Walsh later co-starred in Silent Fall (1994). See more »

Goofs

Two of the "tin men" are waiting at a traffic light in a '59 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. However, when we switch to a view of the two guys through the windshield, the vehicle becomes a hardtop. Switching back to a longer shot, the car is again a ragtop. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Tilley: [about to smash BB's car windows] OK, Mr. Merengue... let's dance!
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Connections

Featured in The Directors: The Films of Barry Levinson (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

La Bamba
Written and Performed by Ritchie Valens
Courtesy of Rhino Records
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2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Tin Men is one of my favorite movies of all time. The thing that always strikes me whenever I watch this movie is that while the characters of Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito are seemingly feuding non-stop throughout the movie, in reality they are actually kindred spirits. It's like they see themselves in the other but don't really like what they see. Barbara Hershey is great as the haggard housewife who looks for something more fulfilling in her life. All the supporting cast is excellent. I love the diner dialog which is reminiscent of Barry Levinson's previous film "Diner." The background scenes of Baltimore landscape add to the realistic atmosphere of the movie. Overall, I think this movie is vastly underrated. I'd love to see a sequel with Dreyfuss and DeVito as partners in a VW dealership.


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