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Tin Men (1987)

A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Barry Levinson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Bill 'BB' Babowsky
Danny DeVito ... Ernest Tilley
Barbara Hershey ... Nora Tilley
John Mahoney ... Moe Adams
Jackie Gayle Jackie Gayle ... Sam
Stanley Brock ... Gil
Seymour Cassel ... Cheese
Bruno Kirby ... Mouse
J.T. Walsh ... Wing
Richard Portnow ... Carly
Matt Craven ... Looney
Alan Blumenfeld ... Stanley
Brad Sullivan ... Masters
Michael Tucker ... Bagel
Deirdre O'Connell ... 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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Taglines:

The Year - 1963. Selling the American Dream is a risky, funny business - you could wind up paying with your wife! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les filous See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Barry Levinson: [Ralph Tabakin] Ralph (Mr. Hudson) has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999). See more »

Goofs

Although the movie takes place in the 1960's, in the car accident scene, two male onlookers are wearing late 1980's style eyeglass frames. See more »

Quotes

Sam: You know when I saw 'Bonanza' the other day, something occurred to me.
Ernest Tilley: Eh?
Sam: Ya got these four guys living on the Ponderosa and ya never hear them say anything about wanting to get laid.
Ernest Tilley: Huh.
Sam: I mean ya never hear Hoss say to Little Joe, "I had such a hard-on when I woke up this morning."
Ernest Tilley: No, no, no...
Sam: They don't talk about broads - nothing. Ya never hear Little Joe say, "Hey, Hoss, I went to Virginia City and I saw a girl with the greatest ass I've ever seen in my life." They just walk around the...
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Diner vs Rain Man
30 January 2005 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

You can tell when you are watching a movie made by Barry Levinson. Diner, Tin Men and Rain Man all have a similar touch, even though they are different movies, they are made by the same artist. In Tin Men, the audience is treated to a comedy, and is rewarded with a hidden drama. Much like Diner and Rainman, the movie has its comical moments. Still, this is a story about people and a drama that they live. The comedy is the teaspoon of sugar that helps the drama go down. DeVito and Dreyfuss are nothing short of great. The supporting cast in Tin Men is just as good. You forget that you are watching a movie at times. The movie is at times up lifting as well as thoughtful with a strong ending that makes the rest of the movie great. A hidden gem / comedy. This is one of those movies that you can not go wrong with.


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