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The second of director [[Performer~P99530~Barry Levinson~barrylevinson]]'s [[Feature~V114470~Baltimore Trilogy~trilogy]] (the first was [[Feature~V13809~Diner~diner]], the third [[Feature~V3385~Avalon~avalon]]), Tin Men seems at first glance to be much ado about nothing. Set in 1963, the story begins when two aluminum siding salesmen, played by [[Performer~P88268~Richard Dreyfuss~richarddreyfuss]] and [[Performer~P17602~Danny DeVito~dannydevito]], are involved in a traffic accident. Fueled by their own individual frustrations--Dreyfuss dislikes the phonier aspects of his profession, while DeVito is unhappily married to [[Performer~P32030~Barbara Hershey~barbarahershey]]--the two men begin an all-out war of harassment against one another. DeVito goes on a destructive rampage against Dreyfuss' material possessions, while Dreyfuss contrives to steal away DeVito's wife. An ironic twist of fate ironically, brings the two men to common ground at the finale. As with the earlier [[Feature~V13809~Diner~diner]], Levinson spends a great deal of screen time showing small minds obsessed with small things: counterpointing the snow-balling hostilities between Dreyfuss and DeVito is [[Performer~P26234~Jackie Gayle~jackiegayle]] as DeVito's partner, who can talk of nothing but the TV series [[Feature~V85615~Bonanza~bonanzatown]]. [[Performer~P72045~Michael Tucker~michaeltucker]], who like Barry Levinson was Baltimore born and bred, repeats his [[Feature~V13809~Diner~diner]] role as "Bagel." Listen for director Levinson's voice as a baseball stadium announcer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 6, 1987

Cast

Richard Dreyfuss
as Bill "BB" Babowsky
Danny DeVito
as Ernest Tilley
Barbara Hershey
as Nora Tilley
John Mahoney
as Moe, Partner to "BB"
Jackie Gayle
as Sam, Tilley's Partner
Stanley Brock
as Gil
Seymour Cassel
as Cheese
Bruno Kirby
as Mouse
J.T. Walsh
as Wing
Richard Portnow
as Carly
Matt Craven
as Looney
Alan Blumenfeld
as Stanley
Brad Sullivan
as Master
Michael Tucker
as Bagel
Penny Nichols
as Mrs. Shubner
Walt MacPherson
as Cadillac salesman
Deirdre O'Connell
as Nellie
Freddie Stevens
as Piano Bar Crooner
Norma Posner
as Mrs. Hudson
Theodore Goldman
as Pool Hall Worker
Roland Gift
as Band Member
Ellen Sills
as Social Security Girl
Marcia Herr
as Sonial Securtiy Girl
Sheila McCauley
as Ada
Kathy Jones
as Mason Dixon Operator
Florence Moody
as Diner Waitress
Myron Citrenbaum
as Murray
Susan Duvall
as Suburban Housewife
Katherine Ellis
as Ruthie
Barbara Rappaport
as Coffee shop waitress
Cindy Geppi
as Social Security Girl
Kathleen Goldpaugh
as Arguing Wife
Sharon Ziman
as Mason Dixon Operator
Joshua Billings
as Man At Crash
Brian Costantini
as Arguing Husband
David de Boy
as Suburban Husband
Jeffrey Moser
as Man At Crash
Ralph Tabakin
as Mr. Hudson
Bill Danoff
as Police Officer

Crew

Barry Levinson
Director
Barry Levinson
Screenwriter
Peter Sova
Cinematographer
Stu Linder
Editor
Peter Jamison
Production Designer
Kim Kurumada
Associate Producer
Steven Saxton
Associate Producer
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
Albert M. Shapiro
First Assistant Director
Irving Buchman
Makeup
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