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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the all time great classic "sales" movies - along with Glenn Gary Glenn Ross & Cadillac Man & Cedar Rapids - all a must seePublished 5 days ago by SteelePony95
Great movie, with a nice appearance from the band, "Fine Young Cannibals," in one of the scenes. The guy that plays, 'Frazier's Dad"-John Mahoney is great in this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen L. Ryan
A siding movie? Yes -- and an eye-opener. Strongly recommended for anyone who's ever been in the industry.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a european format style video and did not work on my TV/DVD system. Worked poorly on my laptop computer. Very poor quality. I would not recommend for USA customers.Published 3 months ago by cbb312
I'm in sales so I get a kick out of this movie - one of the best sales movies of all timePublished 3 months ago by Amiee Baker