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Tin Men [DVD] (1987)


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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey, John Mahoney, Jackie Gayle
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Barry Levinson
  • Producers: Kim Kurumada, Mark Johnson
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B962K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,689 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the year 1963, Bill 'B.B.' Babowsky (Richard Dreyfuss) accidentally backs his car into that of Ernest Tilley (Danny DeVito), who has been distracted by an argument he is having with his wife, Nora (Barbara Hershey). Each man blames the other for the collision, and when it transpires that they are both aluminium siding salesmen, the pair become embroiled in a comical game of one-upmanship.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By j1 on 16 July 2004
Format: DVD
For filmmakers these days it's all too easy to sledgehammer audiences with mind-bogglingly realistic computer graphics in order to emulsion a movie that is fundamentally flawed in a good & coherent storyline.You only have to watch, as a recent example that immediately springs to mind , the ghastly Vertical Limit.To make my point further, and not that I place the LOTR trilogy in that category, but how many people would sit through 12 hours total of Tolkien literary pomp if it wasn't for the superb graphics?!
Why this observation? Tin Men by conspicuous contrast has no special effects whatsoever; nobody gets killed or maimed;there are no drug-dealers,pimps or whores;no car chases; no gratuitous sex scenes & no goggle-eyed aliens ready to take over the world! What it DOES have is Danny Devito & Richard Dreyfuss and ALL the supporting cast in stupendous comedic form.And I don't mean juvenile brat-pack slapstick either (that would be difficult as the average age would be about 50!). OK it wont have you belly-laughing loudly but the comedy comes from the superb banter between the characters and the very engaging storyline that is based on an on-going battle between Devito & Dreyfuss who are rival 'tin-men': aluminium or "aloo-min-num " sidings (cladding) salesmen, who after a disputed car accident seek to exert revenge on each other.
Why THIS film hasn't won a dozen Oscars is a mystery!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimbob on 16 Dec 2012
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A very gentle movie, but beautifully written and acted. Dreyfus and Devito are marvelous, backed up by a superb secondary cast. I highly recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny Lane on 9 May 2010
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A great all rounder this is a must have for all people in the direct sales market. As true today as it was then, about the life and times of sales men on the road. Hilariously funny with the great Danny DeVito, and Richard Dreyfus's as feuding males doing the same jobs but different companys.
A must see classic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Finch on 5 April 2013
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I watched this as a follow-up to Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), which also has salesmen who are prepared to jettison every value they ever had in order to make a sale. Tim Men looks at this issue from the perspective of a comedy, but the questions are still there, as the two main characters lie and cheat their way through life. At the end, the viewer does not know if any of their words can be believed.

This goes back to Death of a Salesman (Henry Miller), but the main character there was basically honest, even though he was fooling himself. He might have lost the American Dream, but the character in Tin Men seem to have never had it. Their dream is about having the freedom to cheat people out of their money. One of them actually makes this remark. While it is a comedy, therefore, it makes the viewer wonder what this film is telling us about modern (or postmodern) society and its values (or lack of values).

All things considered, it's a great watch, with lots of cultural memorabilia from the 60s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kazybabe on 9 Jan 2013
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What a funny film, they don't make films like that anymore!!!!! Would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of watching it:)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "mrepcot" on 9 July 2005
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This film was recommended to me by a friend, and I was really not expecting that much from it. However, the film is a real gem. The setting and style are beautifully realised and it feels very of the time, the acting from Dreyfuss and DeVito also works well as a double act and one cannot help becoming caught up in the events.
Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 15 Mar 2009
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One of the great under estmated comedies. Dreyfuss and deVito are excellent as Tin Men having a tit for tat spat.
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By m j melia on 27 Dec 2013
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a great film that doesn't seem to be shown on tv much.a good story and funny, with 2 good actors
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