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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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In the 80's Wall Street had fun at your expense. Now it's time for you to have the last laugh. 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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At the golf course, Ross mentions giving away free Gucci watches and Polaroids. James Garner, who plays Ross, starred in Polaroid's TV commercials in the 70s and 80s. See more »

Goofs

When the private jet takes off from Charlie Brown Airport, Atlanta (now Fulton County Airport) with only the dog on board (at around 33min into the film), the runway is clearly marked "12L". There is no such runway at that airport (the three runways are 8/26, 14/32 and 9/27). In addition, the use of "L" indicates there is more than one runway with the same bearing, suggesting a larger airport. See more »

Quotes

Henry Kravis: We pay off the debt in buying the company with cash from it's ongoing operation and by selling off pieces of the business.
F. Ross Johnson: That's french for firing people isn't it, Henry.
Henry Kravis: As few as possible of course.
F. Ross Johnson: [pause] A few dozen, ten thousand?
Henry Kravis: [longer pause then softly] As I said as few as possible.
F. Ross Johnson: [pause] I couldn't do that. I couldn't live with the fallout.
Henry Kravis: I'd take care of that.
F. Ross Johnson: Ya, I don't shave your face in my mirror every morning. All that aside I've never been a big fan of debt.
Henry Kravis: Debt can be an ...
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Perfect Combination
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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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