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The Barry Levinson Collection : The Baltimore Series [VHS]

Every time I watch this Classic I love it more. My background is I was born and raised in Baltimore. I attended the same High School as Barry Levenson-; Baltimore City College. I Graduated in 1963 and attended The University of Maryland, Graduated in 1969. Now living in Forest Hills, NY 11375. Licensed Real Estate Broker ; Better Homes and Gardens FH RealtyKnew someone who for a short period was a Tin Man!Great Memories! Baltimore Back in the Day Mandel’s Deli, City College Vs. Poly Tech Football Classic on Thanksgiving. Crabs on Brown paper or Newsprint. Baltimore Orioles came to town in 1954. Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas and Raymond Barry and Lenny Morre. Check it out!

Tin Men, the second in Barry Levinson’s ongoing film series about his native Baltimore in the 1950s and ’60s, focuses on a pair of competing aluminum-siding salesman at a point when the industry was loaded with scam artists. Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito play rivals who get involved in a fender-bender that quickly escalates from a minor argument into an all-out war, as they begin pulling practical jokes on each other. Dreyfuss takes it too far, however, when he sets out to seduce DeVito’s unhappy wife (Barbara Hershey) and winds up falling in love with her. Much of the humor here comes from writer-director Levinson’s keen ear for the way these people talk–and what they talk about (like the discussion of why four men are living together without women on the Ponderosa in Bonanza). Beside the leads, the cast includes a great host of character actors, including Jackie Gayle, Bruno Kirby, John Mahoney, and J.T. Walsh. Others in Levinson’s body of Baltimore films are Diner, Avalon, and the most recent, Liberty Heights. — Marshall Fine




The Barry Levinson Collection : The Baltimore Series [VHS] Review


I’d wanted to see this for a long time, and it did not disappoint. Yes, it was picaresque in the extreme. .. duh. .. but the acting was fantastic, the dialog was snappy and funny as all hell, and the actual motivations of the characters came thru all the theatrical trappings. .. which many reviewers may have given too-short shrift. DeVito, Dreyfus, and Hershey all did fantastic acting jobs. .. really fantastic. Barbara Hershey deserves special mention for the excellence with which she portrayed a character somewhere between downtrodden and special. I am dumbfounded that this did not receive any awards, at least according to Wikipedia. Unless 1987 was a genuine bumper year, the absence of awards was, on some level, a miscarriage of justice [and, no, I have no time to look at 1987’s awards list. .. just to give my 2-cent opinion]. Maybe not Oscar material, but definitely award-worthy. The only criticism I would make is that some of the scenes dragged a bit about 2/3 of the way into it, and they might have trimmed about 10 minutes off the move, though not 15. But that’s hardly a criticism, just an observation. Do yourself a favor and see it, and you can thank me later! -Read Reviews-

I don’t recall what initially drew me to this movie. The one-sheet (poster) doesn’t give away much in the way of plot, so I assumed it was a film about used car salesmen in the era of "shark fins. " I did know that the pairing of one of my favorite (and underrated and under-appreciated) actors Richard Dreyfuss with Danny DeVito was a plus, and this teaming did not disappoint! It’s the story of two aluminum siding salesmen (Tin Men) in 1960’s Baltimore. DeVito accidentally bumps into Dreyfuss’s new Caddy and from there these two build into the greatest game of one-upsmanship since Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf met in "Looney Tunes land!" They both sparkle here, but Dreyfuss shows more character depth when he vengefully seduces DeVito’s wife, and unexpectedly really falls in love with her. The scene where he tells her the truth of while he slept with her originally , but is now in love with her,is portrayed with such honesty that you can forgive this man for doing this most heinous act. Barbara Hershey, as DeVito’s wife, delivers a fine performance as well, as she portrays a woman who feels "trapped" with an unlucky, lovable loser, but in a nice twist, isn’t in love with Dreyfuss either. Underlying all of this is the pressure these men face, on a daily basis, to sell a product that people really don’t want or feel they need. The weekly, liquor soaked meetings where they are harangued by an intimidating J. T. Walsh, gives us an unflinching glimpse into what drives the desperation that these men carry along with their samples. Overall this film is a finely crafted character study by the always solid Berry Levinson.

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