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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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Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese
Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
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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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Mrs. Reed
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Lady from Oklahoma
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Lady in Rolls Royce
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
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 name of the butler was Arthur and was played by Ian McDiarmid. This could be considered a bit of name nod to and twist on John Gielgud's Hobson butler character from Arthur (1981) where Arthur was his gentleman. Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) was first released in the same 1988 year as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). See more »

Goofs

The Greek Millionaire introduced in the final scene is wearing exactly the same black and white stripped shirt as Steve Martin's character in an earlier scene. See more »

Quotes

Freddy Benson: [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!
Janet Colgate: That's great!
Freddy Benson: 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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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 The Bedtime Story (1964), of which this is a remake. See more »

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Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Celui Qui S'en Va
Performed by Marie Myriam
Courtesy of WEA Music France and Laureen Music
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User Reviews

Classic comedy, timeless situation, wonderful performers.
14 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Remake of 1964's 'Bedtime Story' (written by comedy genius Paul Henning) moves right along with Michael Caine and Steve Martin sharing duties as professional opportunists one-upping each other in a conquest contest.

It's a sort of Martin and Lewis pairing, and, although the comedy is derivative, it's by no means boring or stale, likely due to the talent of the two marvelous leads.

Wonderful European landscapes are a bonus.

Well worth watching.


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