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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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Lady from Oklahoma
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English Sailor #1 (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
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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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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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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 Lawrence Jamison goes to Switzerland, the sign in the train station reads "ZURICH". It should read "ZÜRICH" with an umlaut. See more »

Quotes

English Sailor #2: [after watching Lawrence continue to goad Freddie] Why that piece of shit!
[calls out to Freddie]
English Sailor #2: Oy! There's a plane leaving at one o'clock for Honduras. How'd you like your friend to be on it?
[Freddie nods gratefully]
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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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Pick Yourself Up
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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Hilarious and Clever!
21 April 2004 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

What a film! "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" has a really clever plot, in which Lawrence, a high-class playboy (Michael Caine), and Freddy, a petty con man (Steve Martin), make their living by seducing and cheating rich ladies. However, the little French town is too small for both, so they decide to set up a bet in which the loser has to clear the area. Pretty and naive Janet (Glenn Headly) is the object of their contest, and each one of them engages in ever-more ingenious tricks to try to rip her off and win the bet, yet with unpredictable results.

The movie is hilarious, and despite its 15 years' of age, it is as fresh as it has been when it was first produced. Steve Martin of course is the funniest character of all, with his fantastic "Ruprecht" performance being unforgettable. Go ahead and enjoy this film. It is worth it! 9/10.


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