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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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Bill 'BB' Babowsky
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Ernest Tilley
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Nora Tilley
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Moe Adams
Jackie Gayle ...
Sam
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Gil
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Cheese
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Mouse
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Wing
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Carly
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Looney
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Stanley
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Masters
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Bagel
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Nellie
Sheila McCauley ...
Ada
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Mr. Shubner (as Michael S. Willis)
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Mrs. Shubner
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Suburban Housewife
David DeBoy ...
Suburban Husband
Florence Moody ...
Diner Waitress
Myron Citronbaum ...
Salesman #1 at Hearing
Ralph Tabakin ...
Mr. Hudson
Norma Posner ...
Mrs. Hudson
Walt MacPherson ...
Cadillac Salesman
William C. Godsey ...
Belvedere Hotel Barman
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Band Member
David Steele ...
Band Member
Andy Cox ...
Band Member
Sharon Ziman ...
Mason Dixon Operator #1
Lois Raymond Munchel ...
Mason Dixon Operator #2
Kathy Jones ...
Mason Dixon Operator #3
Cindy Geppi ...
Social Security Girl #1
Ellen Sills ...
Social Security Girl #2
Mary Morgan ...
Social Security Girl #3
Marcia Herr ...
Social Security Girl #4
Karen Barth ...
Gibraltar Operator #1
Sharon Crofoot ...
Gibraltar Operator #2
Geri Lynn Kelbaugh ...
Gibraltar Operator #3
Lisa Ford ...
Gibraltar Operator #4
Becky Weidner ...
Gibraltar Operator #5 (as Rebecca Lucia Weidner)
Patricia Pohlman ...
Gibraltar Operator #6
Shirley Ann Wilson ...
Gibraltar Operator #7
Joshua Billings ...
Man #1 at Crash
Jeffrey Moser ...
Man #2 at Crash
Freddy Stevens ...
Piano Bar Crooner (as Freddie Stevens)
Bill Danoff ...
Police Officer
Katherine Ellis ...
Ruthie, Woman Asking BB to Dance
Eva Jean Berg ...
Woman at Smorgasboard
Todd Jackson ...
Young Boy
Barbara Rappaport ...
Coffee Shop Waitress
Theodore Goldman ...
Pool Hall Worker
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Arguing Wife
Brian Costantini ...
Arguing Husband
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Larravide ...
Extra (uncredited)
Herb Levinson ...
Metal Sideing Customer (uncredited)
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Process Server (uncredited)

Directed by

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Barry Levinson

Written by

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Barry Levinson ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mark Johnson ... producer
Kim Kurumada ... associate producer

Music by

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Andy Cox
Fine Young Cannibals
David Steele

Cinematography by

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Peter Sova ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Stu Linder

Editorial Department

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Neil Kirk ... apprentice film editor
John Phillips ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Lisa Clarkson
Louis DiGiaimo

Production Design by

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Peter Jamison

Set Decoration by

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Phil Abramson ... (as Philip Abramson)

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham

Makeup Department

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Irving Buchman ... makeup artist
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist (as Romaine Green)

Production Management

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Daniel J. Heffner ... executive in charge of production
Kim Kurumada ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert Roda ... second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro ... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)

Art Department

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Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello ... painter (as Frank X. Costello)
Russell Goble ... property master
Jim Husbands ... leadman
Robert Krume ... construction coordinator
Pamela Marcotte ... assistant: Mr. Jamison (as Pam Marcotte)
Andrew Probert ... production illustrator (as Andrew G. Probert)

Sound Department

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Don Coufal ... production sound
David W. Gray ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Pieter Hubbard ... sound editor (as Pieter S. Hubbard)
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
John Keating ... sound transfer
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Bill Phillips ... supervising sound editor
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Hal Sanders ... sound editor
Norman B. Schwartz ... post-production dialogue
Jim Stuebe ... production sound (as James Stuebe)
Mike Warner ... sound editor
Jeff Wexler ... production sound

Stunts

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Steve Kelso ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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George Berrios ... assistant camera
Don Biller ... assistant camera
Jeff Case ... best boy grip
Bruce Chimerofsky ... dolly grip
Jim Duggan ... key grip (as James M. Duggan)
John M. Gilgar ... gaffer (as John Gilgar)
James McGrath ... consulting grip (as Jim McGrath)
Lorey Sebastian ... still photographer
Donald Sweeney ... camera operator (as Don Sweeney)
Nick Woolfolk ... best boy gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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James M. George ... costumer
Oda Groeschel ... costumer
Anthony J. Scarano ... costume supervisor (as Tony Scarano)

Location Management

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Nancy Hackerman ... location manager
Nicholas Moenssens ... location projectionist (uncredited)

Music Department

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James Flamberg ... music editor
Tony Meilandt ... music coordinator
G. Marq Roswell ... music coordinator (as G. Mark Roswell)

Transportation Department

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Sara Gardner ... picture car coordinator
Michael McDuffee ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Jolie Ancel ... production assistant
Albert Cho ... production assistant
Richard Falk ... electrical consultant
Barbara Hogan ... script supervisor
Jeannie Jeha ... production office coordinator
Amy Lippens ... production assistant
Susan Moore ... assistant to producer
Artist W. Robinson ... production assistant (as Artist Robinson)
Marie Rowe ... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Howard Silverman ... researcher
Mark Snovell ... production assistant
Allen E. Taylor ... production accountant
Larry Turk ... adr loop group: voice

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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • Les filous (France)
  • Dos estafadores y una mujer (Spain)
  • Plattenslagerne (Denmark)
  • Tin Men - 2 imbroglioni con signora (Italy)
  • Handlarz (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $187,381, 08 Mar 1987

Did You Know?

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Trivia Production designer Peter Jamison was having trouble finding the right kind of house to match Barry Levinson's exact specifications, namely a three-storey wooden structure with a little lawn, set back from the road, and in need of a new frame. Levinson told him to go to 4211 Springdale Avenue, Baltimore, which was the house where he grew up. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Tin Men/Some Kind of Wonderful/Angel Heart/A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Sweet Lorraine 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 Ponderosa: "Yes, Pa, where's Little Joe?" Nothin' about broads. I don't think I'm being too picky. But, if at least once, they talked about getting horny. I don't care if you live on the Ponderosa or right here in Baltimore, guys talk about getting laid. I'm beginning to think that show doesn't have too much realism.
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