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Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

The president of a major tobacco company decides to buy the company himself, but a bidding war ensues as other companies make their own offers.

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Glenn Jordan

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Bryan Burrough (book), John Helyar (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... F. Ross Johnson
Jonathan Pryce ... Henry Kravis
Peter Riegert ... Peter Cohen
Joanna Cassidy ... Linda Robinson
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Jim Robinson
Leilani Sarelle ... Laurie Johnson
Matt Clark ... Edward A. Horrigan Jr.
Jeffrey DeMunn ... H. John Greeniaus
David Rasche ... Ted Forstmann
Tom Aldredge ... Charlie Hugel
Graham Beckel ... Don Kelly
Peter Dvorsky ... George Roberts
Peter Frechette ... Robert Allegro
Judy Altman Judy Altman ... Robinson's Aide
Bruce Beatty ... Anthony the Pizza Man
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Storyline

F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of RJR Nabisco decides that the time is ripe to take over his own company and enlists American Express. This kicks off a tide of other firms swarming in to tender offers. The outline of the film follows the actual takeover of the RJR Nabisco empire in a tongue in cheek way. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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After a power breakfast they'll still eat you for lunch. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A füstbement terv See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »

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The film is set in 1988, but a post-1991 Chevrolet Caprice taxi is visible during a street scene. See more »

Quotes

1st Scientist: If you light a Premier with a match instead of with a lighter the sulphur reacts badly with the carbon in the tip.
F. Ross Johnson: Do we have to have the carbon?
1st Scientist: That's what makes it smokeless.
F. Ross Johnson: Well how we get it shitless?
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Written and Performed by Elmer Sheffield
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I laughed so much I almost sold my Microsoft shares
13 September 2001 | by rushmore24See all my reviews

When you look at the dross that Hollywood throws money at and then forces on us at the local multiplex, one wonders why a TV film like this with so much intelligence and wit finds such a limited audience. 'Greed is good' as Gordon Gekko said and so believe just about all the protaganists of this wonderful script. James Garner is such a likeable actor that he makes his behaviour seem almost normal and natural. I'm not a great fan of Jonathan Pryce but he is perfect as the bloodless lizard Henry Travis. Larry Gelbart sustains the humour from beginning to end and the scene in the laboratory must be one of the funniest ever, and in laughing out loud I almost bust a gut as if I had been drawing on one of their new 'healthier' cigarettes.

Creavity does live in Hollywood and this film is testimony to it, so Studio Bosses give it its head and drop the remakes, seqeuls and prequels.


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