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Tin Men (1987)

Richard Dreyfuss , Danny DeVito , Barry Levinson , Peter Sova  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey, John Mahoney, Jackie Gayle
  • Directors: Barry Levinson, Peter Sova
  • Writers: Barry Levinson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T7HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tin Men" on IMDb

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Deleted Scene Introduced By Barry Levinson

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Cruise back to Baltimore 1963, to the time and turf of a rare American breed: the "tin man" (aluminum siding salesman). Two less-than-honest rivals in the tin game (Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito) meet in a fender bender, but their bruised egos and quick tempers turn the minor accident into a major vendetta against each other's symbols of success -- their prized Cadillacs. In what would seem to be a coup de grace, Dreyfuss decides to seduce DeVito's neglected wife (Barbara Hershey), but this romantic maneuver causes nonstop twists and turns to both the heart and the funnybone. With a supporting cast that's absolutely classic and music by The Fine Young Cannibals, TIN MEN sounds as good as it looks!

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Hon, Here's a Great Movie From Bal'mr August 1, 2002
For many years, I was outraged that this classic entry in director, Barry Levinson's Baltimore series of films, was out of print.Well I'm glad to report that this hilarious, nostalgic comedy has been brought to light in the DVD format.The film takes place in Baltimore, (Circa 1963), where we are introduced to the world of the 'Tin Men'. These are notorius, aluminum siding salesmen, who will use any con or scheme to get customers to sign on the dotted line of a contract. We are intoduced to two such 'tin men'(wonderfully played by Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito) when they both accidentally hit each other in their Cadillacs. From then on a war of words and pranks begins. This escalates to the point that the Dreyfuss character has an affair with DeVito's wife (well played by Barbra Hershey). Eventually the affair, which started out as a form of revenge, blossoms into love.While this film is very funny it plays out against a melancholic background, because the story gives you the feeling, that the days of the 'tin men' have come and gone.Their livelyhood's days are numbered and in order for these men to survive they will have to move on.The acting in this movie is great.All three lead actors in this film (Dreyfuss, DeVito, Hershey)play their roles to perfection.This is an ensemble that really works. Barry Levinson has written and directed a story that is both humorus and touching.We really care about these characters.The dialogue is also first rate. In the tradition of the other Baltimore films, many of the characters have hilarious conversations about the smallest details in life.My personal favorite scene is when one of the salesmen obsessively keeps going on and on about how unrealistic the TV show 'Bonanza' is ("Who ever heard of a 50 year old guy with three 47 year old sons?"). Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Hold on, I'll check my notebook" November 10, 2003
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After a minor fender bender and a heated argument, two men become locked in a battle of 'one upping' each other in a quest for revenge. Written and directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Avalon, Rain Man, Wag the Dog), Tin Men stars Richard Dreyfuss as Bill "BB" Babowsky and Danny DeVito as Ernest Tilley.
Set around 1962, the title, Tin Men, refers to aluminum siding salesmen. This is the profession of both BB and Tiley, although they work for rival companies. Throughout the movie, we are treated to different shady tactics employed by these salesmen to peddle their wares. A wonderfully funny movie, Dreyfuss and DeVito play their parts so well, taking two fairly unscrupulous characters and making them somewhat likable. They are supported by an excellent cast including Barbara Hersey as Tilley's wife, John Mahoney, Jackie Gayle, Seymour Cassel, and Bruno Kirby.
The main crux of the movie revolves around BB and Tilley going back and forth, supported by subplots involving a failing marriage, an investigation by a governmental agency into improper business tactics, and a budding romance. The film did slow down a little near the end in tying up the various plot threads, but that mattered little to me, as it's a treat to see so much talent properly utilized. The casting is dead on, the dialog truly quotable and seemingly appropriate for the time, and the direction very professional. The musical score was well chosen, but I did wonder about the use of the band Fine Young Cannibals. Their signature song, Good Thing, fit the scene it was in nicely, but I've always had a bit of an issue with the use of contemporary music in movies set in the past. I'd rather see music of the period incorporated, with credit going to the artists of the time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why? February 10, 2000
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Why this hasn't been re-released on dvd is beyond my comprehension. This was truly one of the best comedies I've seen and I watch my copy on VHS sparingly as the quality of the print is degraded with use. If they don't come out with a dvd print I am afraid I'll be forced to look for a bootleg copy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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From the period-piece opening scene, with the silky voice of Nat King Cole crooning as the camera affectionately caresses the curves of a new, early sixties Cadillac, to the end of the film, when the furiously feuding Richard Drefus and Danny Devito are finally pushed into mutual forgiveness, this film stands alone. There is no other comedy, romantic or otherwise, to which this one can be compared. It has a feel of its own, a fluidity of movement from farce to irony to romance to (just the right touch of) tragedy.
The depiction of early sixties Baltimore is superb. The fact that the abundance of Cadillacs is just a little over-played actually adds to the delightful whackiness of this wonderful film.
Terrific performances by Barbara Hershey, Richard Drefus, Danny Devito -- and, above all, the British-born actor, John Mahoney, make this film a treat at every viewing. Mahoney, whom no one would ever identify as anthing other than 100 percent American in looks and in voice, almost steals the show with his portrayal of Moe, Drefus's patient partner in scam.
Technically, "Tin Men" is a masterpiece of editing. Example: when Devito's character smashes his adversary's Cadillac windows, we see each blow to each window just as the crowbar crashes through the glass -- we don't see the assailant walking around the car; we don't see his back-swing -- just one crowbar blow after another, viewed from inside the car, with Devito's delightfully wicked expression of glee behind each frame. Bang bang bang. It's brilliant.
I think this is a very underrated and under-appreciated film. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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