Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.
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
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 »
Steve Martin's character leaves on a train that is supposedly destined for Portofino. There is no way of getting to Portofino by train. Car, bus, and boat only. See more »
I didn't steal any money! She just saw me with another woman! You're French, you understand that!
To be with another woman, that is French. To be caught, that is American.
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Jon Monsarrat review: still a classic, intelligent comedy
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is no longer a new film, but it's not showing its age, which I guess is a sign of a classic. I've seen it recently, and was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised!
With performances by can't-fail actors Steve Martin and Michael Caine, the film is zany, with a little toilet humor but mostly doesn't insult one's intelligence, and is far better than "All of Me" and just short of "A Fish Called Wanda", and "Roxanne", which unlike this film includes some romance.
Who should see this film:
-- Zany comedy film lovers: a must-see. If you're new to
Steve Martin, try Bowfinger first.
-- Safe as a kids / family film
I'll give "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" a surprisingly resilient 9 out of 10.
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