Tin Men

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Tin Men (Touchstone Movie)

“Tin Men” is a comedy-drama film released in 1987, directed by Barry Levinson. The movie stars Richard Dreyfuss as Bill “BB” Babowsky and Danny DeVito as Ernest Tilley, two rival aluminum siding salesmen in Baltimore during the early 1960s.

The story follows BB and Tilley, who are both aggressive and cutthroat salesmen competing for business in the same neighborhood. Their rivalry escalates to the point of physical altercations and pranks as they try to outdo each other and win over customers.

One day, a minor car accident leads to a heated confrontation between the two men, resulting in both of their cars being wrecked. As they navigate the aftermath of the accident and their damaged vehicles, they find themselves caught up in a legal battle and an unexpected friendship begins to form.

Amidst their personal and professional challenges, the film also explores the changing times and values in 1960s America, including the evolving consumer culture and the impact of technology on traditional businesses.

“Tin Men” is a witty and entertaining film that showcases the comedic talents of Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito. The film received critical acclaim for its sharp writing, engaging performances, and its nostalgic portrayal of the 1960s era.

The chemistry between Dreyfuss and DeVito, as well as the film’s humorous depiction of the competitive world of salesmanship, has made “Tin Men” a beloved touchstone for fans of comedic dramas and those interested in exploring the dynamics of rivalry and friendship in a changing society.

Additional Details


  • Richard Dreyfuss: Bill “BB” Babowsky
  • Danny DeVito: Ernest Tilley
  • Barbara Hershey: Nora Tilley
  • John Mahoney: Moe Adams
  • Jackie Gayle: Sam
  • Seymour Cassel: Cheese
  • Bruno Kirby: Mouse
  • Michael Tucker: Bagel
  • J. T. Walsh: Wing
  • Deirdre O’Connell: Nellie


  • Director and Writer: Barry Levinson
  • Producer: Mark Johnson

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