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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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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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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

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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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 »

Quotes

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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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 The Bedtime Story (1964), of which this is a remake. See more »

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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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Jon Monsarrat review: still a classic, intelligent comedy
13 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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