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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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Lady in Rolls Royce
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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The Danish registered Ferrari the is driven by "Mrs. Christa Knudsen" has a license plate that looks Danish. The license plate, however would begin with the letter "M" or "N" instead of "A". In Denmark "A" was used in the 60's and "K", "L", "M", and "N" in the mid-eighties. See more »

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Freddy Benson: I didn't steal any money! She just saw me with another woman! You're French, you understand that!
Inspector Andre: To be with another woman, that is French. To be caught, that is American.
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Crazy Credits

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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A delightful exercise in farcical chicanery
30 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

I cannot believe that the first time I saw this - one of my favorite comedies - I was not enamored of it. Subsequent viewings have given it an honored place on my roster of great comedies. What fun Caine and Martin must have working with each other on this one; their enthusiasm certainly shows in the results. Best line: "One must know one's limitations, Freddy. You are a moron." Definitely a must-see for comedy aficionados.


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