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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG  |   |  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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Lolly Susi ...
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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.


Comedy | Crime


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14 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas  »

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$42,039,085 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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A female version of the film's two con-men storyline was made and released about thirteen years after with the later movie Heartbreakers (2001) but with its own story and it not being a remake of either Bedtime Story (1964) or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). See more »


When Lawrence and Freddy are in the museum discussing how money should be spent they are standing in front of the statue of a "naked lady". As they continue to talk they walk around two corners and then stop at the top of the stairs when Freddy claims his independence and walks away down the stairs. When the camera angle changes to look up the stairs, the statue of the naked lady is behind Lawrence at the top of the stairs. See more »


Freddy Benson: [omitted from the profit distribution] Excuse me. What about me? What do I get?
Lawrence Jamieson: You are the student. You get knowledge.
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While the names of Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning appear in the credits as two of this film's three writers, they are actually there just to credit their script for Bedtime Story (1964), of which this is a remake. See more »


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Jon Monsarrat review: still a classic, intelligent comedy
13 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is no longer a new film, but it's not showing its age, which I guess is a sign of a classic. I've seen it recently, and was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised!

With performances by can't-fail actors Steve Martin and Michael Caine, the film is zany, with a little toilet humor but mostly doesn't insult one's intelligence, and is far better than "All of Me" and just short of "A Fish Called Wanda", and "Roxanne", which unlike this film includes some romance.

Who should see this film:

-- Zany comedy film lovers: a must-see. If you're new to

Steve Martin, try Bowfinger first.

-- Safe as a kids / family film

I'll give "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" a surprisingly resilient 9 out of 10.

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