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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG  |   |  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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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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14 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas  »

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$42,039,085 (USA)
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This film is a remake of the comedy Bedtime Story (1964) and was made and released about twenty-four years after the original. Michael Caine and Steve Martin play the parts which were originated by David Niven and Marlon Brando respectively. The names of their two lead characters in this remake basically stayed the same as those from the original but have their spellings slightly altered. In the original, the lead characters were Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jameson, whilst in this remake, they are Freddie Benson and Lawrence Jamieson. Moreover, Fanny Eubank in the original is Fanny Eubank from Omaha in this remake whilst Janet Walker (Shirley Jones) in the original became Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly) in this remake. See more »

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Quotes

Freddy Benson: [omitted from the profit distribution] Excuse me. What about me? What do I get?
Lawrence Jamieson: You are the student. You get knowledge.
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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 »

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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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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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