Barbarians at the Gate

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Overview

This TV movie recounts the true-life story of a corporate takeover in the greed-driven 1980s. James Garner is F. Ross Johnson, CEO of RJR-Nabisco. Having just been burned by an expensive failure of a smokeless cigarette product, Johnson doesn't wish to incur the wrath of the stockholders. He begins drawing up plans to buy RJR-Nabisco outright so he'll have no one to answer to but himself. Unfortunately for Johnson, his company is also being coveted by sharkish "buyout king" Henry Kravis Jonathan Pryce, who turns ...
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Overview

This TV movie recounts the true-life story of a corporate takeover in the greed-driven 1980s. James Garner is F. Ross Johnson, CEO of RJR-Nabisco. Having just been burned by an expensive failure of a smokeless cigarette product, Johnson doesn't wish to incur the wrath of the stockholders. He begins drawing up plans to buy RJR-Nabisco outright so he'll have no one to answer to but himself. Unfortunately for Johnson, his company is also being coveted by sharkish "buyout king" Henry Kravis Jonathan Pryce, who turns out to have $25 billion at his beck and call. Barbarians at the Gate was adapted by Larry Gelbart from the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar. Advertised as a "docucomedy," the film premiered March 20, 1993, over the HBO cable service.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • UPC: 883316791479
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,712

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Garner F. Ross Johnson
Jonathan Pryce Henry Kravis
Peter Riegert Peter Cohen
Joanna Cassidy Linda Robinson
Jeffrey DeMunn Greeniaus
Leilani Sarelle Laurie Johnson
Matt Clark Ed Horrigan
Fred Dalton Thompson Jim Robinson
David Rasche Ted Forstmann
Tom Aldredge Hugel
Graham Beckel Don Kelly
Peter Dvorsky George Roberts
Peter Frechette Robert Allegro
Bruce Beatty Anthony the Pizza Man
Raye Birk Travis Gaines
Ron Canada Vernon Jordan
Ann Cooper Shearson Woman
Bruce French Golfer Jay
Mary Hale Cipollone Newscaster
Mark Harelik Peter Atkins
Dale Harimoto Helicopter Reporter
Rosanna Huffman Juanita Kreps
John Mansfield Buffalo Bill
Jeanne Mori Elizabeth Arden Waxer
Dean Norris 1st Scientist
F. William Parker Ira Harris
Eric Poppick 2nd Scientist
Roger Rook RJR Pilot
Nancy Stephens Kravis' Maid
Sally Stewart Homeless Woman
Scott Stevens Air Traffic Controller
Timothy Stickney Taxi Driver
Paul Vincent New York Limo Driver
Kent Williams Tom Hill
Rita Wilson Carolyne Roehm
Dick Cavett Himself
Kathe E. Mazur RJR Secretary
Philip O'Brien Harry the Tailor
Susan Ware Secretary Marge
Steven M. Gagnon Milken Newscaster
Technical Credits
Glenn Jordan Director
Michael Armani Production Designer
Linda Palermo Donahue Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Gelbart Screenwriter
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Patrick Kennedy Editor
Nick Knowland Cinematographer
Linda Pearl Production Designer
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Ray Stark Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    A GREAT MOVIE WITH GREAT ACTING....JAMES GARNER AT HIS BEST !

    A GREAT MOVIE WITH GREAT ACTING....JAMES GARNER AT HIS BEST !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Entertaining Tool Applicable To Business.

    This movie, based on a true story, chronicles the sale of RJR Nabisco during an era when Mergers and Acquisitions were at an all time high. James Garner, in a brilliant performance, plays F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of RJR Nabisco who wants to take Nabisco private and be its majority owner. The movie does a nice job explaining the financial aspects of a LBO(Leveraged Buyout) on such a basic level that anyone can understand. Throughout the film the storyline flows quickly, although at times certain scenes were a little canned and the satire a bit corny. The backdrop of the movie is loaded with back and forth backstabbing, blatant greed, under the table dealing, and Jonathan Pryce's depiction of Henry Kravis, a Wall Street mover and shaker and corporate raider is outstanding. Of course by no means this work supersedes the book, but nevertheless you may find the effort quite entertaining. Over all, I really enjoyed this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbarians were at the gate, but armed with Waterman pens!

    What a good movie. I have no doubt that it was skewed somewhat to make F. Ross Johnson look like just another affable good ol' boy, but to his credit, his portrayal was at least honest. Ironic that this should be shown at a time when so many titans of business are being led away in handcuffs these days. Further, to Mr. Johnsons credit, he was at least unshameful about his excesses: the planes, the homes, the cash. His rational was ''to the victor go the spoils.'' Importantly, the movie adaptation was sure to show many scenes where homeless on the streets of New York were juxtaposed with the excesses of the 80's. I really enjoyed this movie, having spent 5 years as a pink sheet NASDAQ trader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad movie worth seeing

    This movie tells a good story, but it does not appeal to a wide audience. It is not designed primarily to entertain. Instead, it gives a good overview of corporate takeover fights. So despite the bad acting and poor directing, it's worth seeing for the educational value.

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