Barbarians at the Gate (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Barbarians at the Gate1993

Barbarians at the Gate (1993)




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In this immensely-entertaining TV movie, CEO F. Ross Johnson has just been burned by a failed product and begins drawing up plans to buy the company outright so he'll have no one to answer to but himself. Unfortunately for Johnson, his company is being coveted by a sharkish "buyout king."


James Garner
as F. Ross Johnson
Jonathan Pryce
as Henry Kravis
Peter Riegert
as Peter Cohen
Joanna Cassidy
as Linda Robinson
Leilani Sarelle Ferrer
as Laurie Johnson
Leilani Sarelle
as Laurie Johnson
Matt Clark
as Ed Horrigan
Rita Wilson
as Carolyne Roehm
David Rasche
as Ted Forstmann
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Greeniaus
Graham Beckel
as Don Kelly
Peter Frechette
as Robert Allegro
Bruce Beatty
as Anthony the Pizza Man
Raye Birk
as Travis Gaines
Ron Canada
as Vernon Jordan
Ann Cooper
as Shearson Woman
Bruce French
as Golfer Jay
Mary Hale
as Cipollone Newscaster
Mark Harelik
as Peter Atkins
Dale Harimoto
as Helicopter Reporter
Rosanna Huffman
as Juanita Kreps
John Mansfield
as Buffalo Bill
Jeanne Mori
as Elizabeth Arden Waxer
Dean Norris
as 1st Scientist
Eric Poppick
as 2nd Scientist
Roger Rook
as RJR Pilot
Nancy Stephens
as Kravis' Maid
Sally Stewart
as Homeless Woman
Scott Stevens
as Air Traffic Controller
Paul Vincent
as New York Limo Driver
Kent Williams
as Tom Hill
Dick Cavett
as Himself
Kathe E. Mazur
as RJR Secretary
Philip O'Brien
as Harry the Tailor
Susan Ware
as Secretary Marge
Steven M. Gagnon
as Milken Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Barbarians at the Gate

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

As a telefilm, Barbarians fascinates; as social commentary, it excels. Making an intricate business exercise both entertaining and engrossing takes lots of doing; it's handily accomplished here.

February 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Makes the greedy rich who buy and sell ordinary folks' futures seem almost lovable.

September 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Rubbish with Garner whitewashing a real life villain

October 23, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Highly effective TV-movie with memorable Garner performance.

October 30, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Barbarians at the Gate


Basically a blow-by-blow of the sale of Nabisco, with sight gags thrown in to make it a "comedy."

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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