The improbable tale of a pair of feuding aluminum siding salesmen, Tin Men winds up as bountiful comedy material in the skillful hands of writer-director Barry Levinson.
Film is packed with laughs, thanks to taut scripting and superb character depictions by Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito and a fascinating troupe of sidekicks. These fast-buck hustlers collectively fashion a portrait of superficial greed so pathetic it soars to a level of black humor.
Central storyline finds Dreyfuss and DeVito tangling from the start after an accident damages both of their Cadillacs. Conflict between the two strangers – who don’t find out until later they’re both tin men – escalates to the point where Dreyfuss seeks to get even by wooing DeVito’s unhappy wife (Barbara Hershey) into bed.
While each of the tin men is revealed as a compelling, off-center type in his own right, the one played by Jackie Gayle especially shines.