With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
Wealthy native Brit Lawrence Jamieson, living in Beaumont-sur-Mer on the French Riviera, earns most of his money through big cons on wealthy unsuspecting women. With the help of his associates - corrupt police Inspector Andre, who provides him most of his intel, and his butler Arthur - he pulls scams such as pretending to be a foreign deposed prince who needs money to finance a secret war to liberate his people. Beaumont-sur-Mer and thus his world is invaded by brash American Freddy Benson, another con man whose targets are also wealthy unsuspecting women. Lawrence believes Freddy is the Jackal, a con man whose true identity is unknown but who is known to be working his way through Europe. While Lawrence works on thousands of dollars per scam, Freddy works only on tens or if he is lucky hundreds of dollars. Lawrence's efforts to get Freddy out of his territory are unsuccessful, so when Freddy figures out that Lawrence is a con man like him, he decides to blackmail Lawrence to work ... Written by
In March 2016, the MGM channel (UK & Ireland) showed the American version of this film. As MGM now own the Orion Pictures and Orion Television library, as part of their pre-existing library acquisitions, to replace their original MGM archive now mostly owned by Warner Bros Entertainment & Turner Entertainment, this opening credit now also includes the MGM lion then Orion Pictures branding. See more »
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 »
[telling a phony story to sucker Janet into giving him money]
I was engaged to a girl back in the States. And we loved to dance... we wanted to be professionals, isn't that silly? And we got an opportunity to compete on television, on Dance USA. So we agreed that if we won, we'd get married. So we went on, and we danced, and we won!
And in the excitement, we got separated. So I went back to the studio, and there they were. Naked, dancing... and then they stopped, and they made love...
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I never get tired watch this funny film. Michael Caine and Steve Martin are good together as cons trying to compete with each other. Glenne Headly plays the woman they compete for a challenge. Wondering who is conning who at the end. I must of watch this film a dozen of times on TV, but it is fresh and funny to see it again.
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