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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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A remake of the 1988 comedy in which two down-and-out con men engage in a "loser leaves town" contest, which results in some of their best work.

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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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bet | rivalry | sipping soup | 1980s | jealousy | See more »

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Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.

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14 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas  »

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$42,039,085 (USA)
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The name of the butler was Arthur and was played by Ian McDiarmid. This could be considered a bit of name nod to and twist on John Gielgud's Hobson butler character from Arthur (1981) where Arthur was his gentleman. Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) was first released in the same 1988 year as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). See more »

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The Greek Millionaire introduced in the final scene is wearing exactly the same black and white stripped shirt as Steve Martin's character in an earlier scene. See more »

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Arthur: May I take your trident, sir?
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Hilarious!
21 June 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Everything clicks in this laugh-out-loud gem. Steve Martin and Michael Caine are in top form as Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jamieson, two con men who agree that this town (on the French Mediterranean coast) ain't big enough for the both of them. To solve the problem, they agree upon a solution - the first man to swindle $50,000 from a naive young woman gets to stay. The competition brings out the very best of their very worst, with Martin posing as a paraplegic and Caine as a psychiatrist eager to help convince him it's all in his head. Glenne Headly, as the target of the cons, deserves special mention for her brilliant performance.

One of the strongest assets of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is that the story is interesting enough, with its various twists and turns, that it would work great even without being funny. The laughs - and there are many of them - are a sort of gut-hurting bonus. The scene in which Caine tests the nerves in Martin's legs must rank as one of the most uproarious in film history. This one from director Frank Oz (certainly no slouch in the comedy department) is not to be missed.


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