Sgt. Bilko is in charge of the Motor Pool at an Army base. He's also a good-natured con man, providing gambling facilities for the soldiers on base. When an old enemy from his past shows up... See full summary »
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
The nick-name of the notorious American con-artist working on the Riviera was "The Jackal" whilst the nick-name of the hit-man working in the same territory was "René the Knife". Moreover, the nick-name of classy swindler Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) was "The Lion". See more »
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English Sailor #1:
[to a 'wheelchair-bound' Freddie, as Lawrence tries to goad him into getting up and dancing... two sailors are watching and one calls out to Freddie]
Oy! Oy mate! Who's the asshole!
English Sailor #2:
Get up and dance, he says! I'd like to smack him one!
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"To be with another woman, that is French. To be caught, that is American."
This is no classic, but I really enjoyed this movie. I've seen too many mediocre "con artist" comedies (i.e., "Two Much", "Opportunity Knocks", etc.) and it's nice to see one that works well. The two leads were great. The dialogue is fabulous. The pace is perfect - it keeps your attention without moving too fast. The script is hilarious. I have no complaints about this movie. Rent it for a lot of laughs.
If, however, you don't like this movie (and I don't see how that's possible), you should still stay till the end. The ending is marvelously done, one of the funniest surprise endings since "The Sting" (another fabulous con artist comedy).
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