Tin Men

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"The American Dream changes. The people who sell it don't."
  • R
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.6  (9,732)
  • 75

Tin Men is a 1987 American comedy-drama movie that is written and directed by Barry Levinson. The movie stars Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, and Barbara Hershey in leading roles. The movie is set in Baltimore in the year 1963 and revolves around a group of aluminum-siding salesmen. The story is about two rival salesmen who compete with each other to sell the most aluminum siding and prove themselves to be the top salesman.

The movie starts by introducing the two lead characters; Bill "BB" Babowsky (Richard Dreyfuss) and Ernest Tilley (Danny DeVito). These two men are aluminum-siding salesmen who work for competing companies in Baltimore, Maryland in 1963. Both BB and Tilley are used car salesmen turned siding salesmen who use every trick in the book to make a sale. They meet on one occasion when Tilley accidentally backs his car into BB's car. This accident starts a feud between the two that lasts throughout the film.

Throughout the movie, BB and Tilley engage in a variety of schemes to try to one-up each other in the siding business. They trade insults and practical jokes and attempt to sabotage each other's sales. One of the notable incidents involves BB accidentally selling Tilley's wife (played by Barbara Hershey) a piece of siding, leading to further conflict between the two.

As the story progresses, the two men find themselves in a personal and professional rut. Both BB and Tilley are unhappy with their lives and their work, but they continue to engage in their petty rivalry, convinced that winning the siding war is the key to happiness. However, when they meet a vulnerable woman named Nora (Hershey), their priorities begin to shift.

Nora is a beauty parlor owner who is suffering from the aftermath of a bad marriage. She initially attempts to use BB as a way to get back at her ex-husband, but in the process, she begins to develop real feelings for him. BB, too, finds himself falling for Nora, and the two begin a relationship.

As the movie progresses, the rivalry between BB and Tilley becomes more intense, leading to a confrontation that has unexpected consequences. Both men are forced to reevaluate what is truly important in their lives and what they want out of their careers and personal relationships.

Tin Men is a heartfelt and humorous film that explores themes of love, loss, and the human desire for success. The cast delivers strong performances across the board, with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito at the top of their game. The film showcases the wit and style of filmmaker Barry Levinson, who creates a vision of 1963 Baltimore that is both nostalgic and satirical.

In conclusion, Tin Men is an entertaining and inspiring movie that stands the test of time. It is a must-watch for those who enjoy a good comedy-drama with strong performances and excellent direction. The movie is a reminder that success is not everything and that life is about more than just sales and petty rivalries. It is about love, friendships, and finding happiness in unexpected places.

Tin Men is a 2002 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 75.

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