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Barbarians at the Gate (1993) (TV) cover Directed by Glenn Jordan
Writing credits (WGA) Bryan Burrough (book) and John Helyar (book) ... (more)
Add this title to MyMovies Add to MyMovies IMDbPro Professional Details Genre: Comedy / History (more)
Plot Outline: The president of a major tobacco company decides to buy the company himself, but a bidding war ensues as other companies make their own offers. (more) (view trailer)
User Comments: Come on, Fellas, cough it up! (more)
User Rating: ********__ 7.4/10 (667 votes) Vote Here
Cast overview, first billed only: James Garner .... F. Ross Johnson Jonathan Pryce .... Henry Kravis Peter Riegert .... Peter Cohen Joanna Cassidy .... Linda Robinson Fred Dalton Thompson .... Jim Robinson Leilani Sarelle .... Laurie Johnson Matt Clark .... Edward A. Horrigan Jr. Jeffrey DeMunn .... H. John Greeniaus David Rasche .... Ted Forstmann Tom Aldredge .... Charlie Hugel Graham Beckel .... Don Kelly Peter Dvorsky .... George Roberts Peter Frechette .... Robert Allegro Judy Altman .... Robinson's Aide Bruce Beatty .... Anthony the Pizza Man (more)
Runtime: 107 min Country: USA Language: English Color: Color Certification: USA:R
Awards: Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations (more) shop amazon BARBARIANS AT... available available available available available available Memorabilia Books | All Products
1 out of 1 people found the following comment useful:- Come on, Fellas, cough it up!, 21 September 2002 Author: Robert J. Maxwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Deming, New Mexico
Can a made-for-TV movie about leveraged buy outs ("LBO"s) be funny? Yup. I haven't read the book but the teleplay by Gelbart is very amusing and sometimes hilarious. Be prepared for the profanity which generates some of the best laughs. "There should be a warning on every pack: Danger, these cigarettes will tear your b***s off." But it isn't just the swearing that makes this movie as funny as it is. The set ups are marvelously done. The initial big celebration held by RJR Nabisco features a character who suffers a cruel cough every time he tries to light his cigarette until Garner comes over and flicks open a lighter to help him. All the characters' roles are well written but James Garner gets the palm, not just for his unforced and vulgar wit but for a breezy disregard for everything except his own wealth, exemplified in his fleet of jet airplanes with their private hangar. Garner keeps denigrating the pursuit of wealth for it's own sake -- "After all, how many sets of golf clubs can you be buried with?" -- but acts all the way through as if that were his one and only priority. In his own defense, he says indignantly, "I don't plan to be homeless -- or planeless either for that matter." There must have been enormous pressure on Gelbart and the others involved to turn this movie "serious" towards the end, to bring in cancer and emphysema, a sobbing victim, a military-industrial conspiracy to undermine the health of the proletariat, to expose big business for the angry, villainous, mean-spirited, duplicitous cretins that they are but, thank Bog, Gelbart resisted any tendency to make the movie "about something." He keeps the ending as ironic as the rest of the film. Poor Garner. He loses his job, "The first time I've been out of work since I was fourteen," he moans, and retires with a severance package amounting (after taxes) to only $23m. Close on a shot of a mansion in Palm Beach. Was the above comment useful to you?
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