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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.

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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The American Dream Changes. The People Who Sell It Don't. 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:

Tin Men 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

Gross USA:

$25,411,386

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,411,386
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Company Credits

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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

The Diner where the 'tin men' regularly eat has aluminum siding but in the second chapter it is being renovated (meaning: progress/change) by overlaying a brick and mortar facade. See more »

Goofs

When the salesmen are receiving their commissions in 1963, the lounge band is playing "The Girl From Ipanema" to which patrons are singing along. The actual album by Stan Getz that brought the famous song to the USA was not released until March 1964. See more »

Quotes

Sam: 'Bonanza' is not an accurate depiction of the west.
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Soundtracks

It's Not for Me to Say
Words by Al Stillman
Music by Robert Allen
Performed by Johnny Mathis
with The Ray Conniff Orchestra (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Funny and Smart Film!
19 May 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

Tin Men is a funny film that really focuses on the theme of man vs. man. When I mean funny, I don't mean it in the term of the general laugh-out-loud sense, but more in the reins of a "smart" funny. What I'm trying to say is don't expect much slapstick from this film despite being labeled as a comedy. That being said, this film is your typical 80's drama/comedy and is reasonably entertaining. It has good acting, good writing, and a good script. However, the movie felt just a tad long despite it being under two hours.

This film, which is directed by Barry Levinson, is about two tin men who are both aluminum-panel sellers. After a fender-bender, these two men becomes ultimate rivals and do anything to create havoc with each other.

This film is well-acted thanks to the strong leads by Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss. They have good chemistry between each other and each shows off their comedic chops. Personally, I felt the film is at it's best when we see problem after problem occurring to DeVito's character, whose life goes sharply downhill over the course of the film.

Overall, Tin Men is a solid film that talks about what happens when fate pit two rivals against each other. The back and forth between these two men are enlightening and often entertaining to watch. Not the best film on Levinson's resume, but it's still a solid, smart film. I rate this film 8/10.


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