Danny Boyle directs this off-beat comedy, starring Timothy Spall as Tommy Rag, an eccentric vaccum-cleaner salesman who decides to take on the role of mentor to new recruit Pete (Michael Begley). Both men couldn't be more different in their personal salesman styles howver, and the scene is set for an hilarious confrontation.
SELL, SELL, SELL... BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE (The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, Trainspotting) COMES AN ASTONISHING AND POWERFUL ROAD MOVIE - WITH A DIFFERENCE. At a low-life club, a disinterested stripper slowly struts her stuff, an array of tired, ill and distinctly undesirable salesmen watch her, wil Pete, the stripper's DJ boyfriend, plays the music. By the end of the evening, Pete has found a new job; apprentice to Tommy Rag, an overweight and overwrought vacuum cleaner salesman.
Living on whisky and puffa-pufa rice from the glove compartment, inspired by motivation tapes of Tommy's own voice, shouting "sell, sell, f**kin' sell", the manaical mentor and his trainee hit the road. As Pete grows desperate to make a sale, Tommy pursues the golden vac, the holy grail of vacuum salesmanship... But someone, somwhere doesn't want them to succeed. DIRECTOR: DANNY BOYLE - PRODUCER / WRITER: JIM CARTWRIGHT - PRODUCER MARTIN CARR - STARRING TIMOTHY SPALL, MICHAEL BEGLEY and KATY CAVANAGH - A BBC TV Production in association with BBC Worldwide Americas Inc. ORIGINALLY TRANSMITTED 30/09/2001