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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

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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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English Sailor #1 (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
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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 Huggo

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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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At one point, Steve Martin, who plays Freddy, was to play the role of Lawrence (which is played by Michael Caine), with Kevin Kline potentially to be playing Freddy. Kline was not cast but would later go on to star in French Kiss (1995) instead. 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've got culture coming out of my ass.
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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 »

Connections

Remade as Khel (1992) See more »

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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Hilarious!
21 June 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Everything clicks in this laugh-out-loud gem. Steve Martin and Michael Caine are in top form as Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jamieson, two con men who agree that this town (on the French Mediterranean coast) ain't big enough for the both of them. To solve the problem, they agree upon a solution - the first man to swindle $50,000 from a naive young woman gets to stay. The competition brings out the very best of their very worst, with Martin posing as a paraplegic and Caine as a psychiatrist eager to help convince him it's all in his head. Glenne Headly, as the target of the cons, deserves special mention for her brilliant performance.

One of the strongest assets of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is that the story is interesting enough, with its various twists and turns, that it would work great even without being funny. The laughs - and there are many of them - are a sort of gut-hurting bonus. The scene in which Caine tests the nerves in Martin's legs must rank as one of the most uproarious in film history. This one from director Frank Oz (certainly no slouch in the comedy department) is not to be missed.


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