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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  14 December 1988 (USA)
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Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50.000 first.

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Lawrence and Freddie are con-men; big-time and small time respectively. They unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this town (on the French Mediterranean coast) aint big enough for the two of them. They agree to a "loser leaves" bet. The bet brings out the best/worse in the two. Interesting twist at the end. Written by Rob Hartill

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Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.

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$42,039,085 (USA)
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At one point, Steve Martin, who plays Freddy, was to play the role of Lawrence (which is played by Michael Caine), with Kevin Kline potentially to be playing Freddy. Kline was not cast but would later go on to star in French Kiss (1995) instead. See more »

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When Freddy reads Janet's note at the airport, Lawrence is holding it by the lower right corner. In the next shot, he is holding it by the upper right corner. See more »

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[Ruprecht is mauling Lawrence's new girlfriend]
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In A Word: Hilarious!
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really don't watch this movie often enough. The few times I've seen it over the years provide superior entertainment, but it's a film I seem to forget about. That shouldn't be the case: it's a terrific movie.

I've never met anyone who did NOT like this movie. It seems to appeal to a lot of people, young and old. The three leads - Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenn Headley - were all in top form, on top of their "game," so to speak.

Martin's facial expressions and physical humor are terrific and Caine played his part magnificently, too. I enjoy Caine much more in here than Martin (and in most films) but Steve seems to have the funniest moments in this movie. At any rate, both are superb as antagonists "Lawrence Jamison" (Caine) and "Freddie Benson" (Martin). The two men have the talent to pull off slapstick as well as subtle comedy. Headley, as "Janet Colgate," meanwhile, is a joy to watch and to listen to, with that sweet voice of hers. I can't say more about her without giving away too much but she is not only the objection of attention in the movie, but the key character. These three combine for almost a laugh-a-minute.

This also is a good example of how to make a modern-day comedy without all the sleaze and profanity. There is some in here, but not much. Why most comedies do not follow this lead is a sad question. It's still an adult movie about con men, not a film teens and below would enjoy. Frank Oz, who directed other pretty clean-and-funny movies, directed this one.

Highly recommended.


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