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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... F. Ross Johnson
... Henry Kravis
... Peter Cohen
... Linda Robinson
... Jim Robinson
... Laurie Johnson
... Edward A. Horrigan Jr.
... H. John Greeniaus
... Ted Forstmann
... Charlie Hugel
... Don Kelly
... George Roberts
... Robert Allegro
Judy Altman ... Robinson's Aide
... Anthony the Pizza Man
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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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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 »

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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 »

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Laurie Johnson: [discussing the Premier cigarette failure] You're sure Ross it's that bad?
F. Ross Johnson: Trust me okay? We huffed and we puffed and we came up with a filtered Edsel. If I could I'd burn every last one of them except you can't even set fire to the fuckers.
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Music by Geoff Levin and Chris Many
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Spot On!
15 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I don't know if there's been a more perfect made-for-TV movie than this one! If you've ever been involved in a corporate takeover, and I have, you know how perfect this film is. This was the largest corporate takeover in history at the time and the personalities involved are no different today than they were back then. In fact, many of them, particularly Henry Kravis, are still involved in this sort of thing. (I wouldn't want to have to go up against Kravis in a takeover, as few have ever won when KKR was in the mix.) One other reviewer said this film was the "zenith of greed" and it was in the '80s but this sort of greed is exactly what has led to the downfall of Wall Street here in the late-'2000s too! James Garner is perfect in this film, as he is in most anything he acts in, and he truly steals this film from the other actors. Jonathan Pryce is exactly what Henry Kravis is, conniving, brilliant and evil. What really makes this worth watching is the writing skill of Larry Gelbart - a real genius at verbal machinations of all sorts. My favorite line from the film is about the "healthy" cigarette and James Garner delivers! "This cigarette tastes like a turd!" - still cracks me up! If you haven't seen this film, please do sit back and enjoy a priceless bit of entertainment. If you haven't read the book, please find it and read it. Both the film and the book are worth every minute you will spend!


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