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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Reed
Lady from Oklahoma
Lady from Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan ...
Lady in Dining Car
Aïna Walle ...
Cheryl Pay ...
Lady with Pearls
Nathalie Auffret ...
Lolly Susi ...
Lady in Rolls Royce
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
English Sailor #1 (as Rupert Holliday Evans)


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.


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

14 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas  »

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Box Office


$42,039,085 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A female version of the film's two con-men storyline was made and released about thirteen years after with the later movie Heartbreakers (2001) but with its own story and it not being a remake of either Bedtime Story (1964) or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). See more »


TWA never flew passengers from Europe to USA on Boeing 727 aircraft, as depicted in the film..

They did however fly that model within Europe around the time this movie was made. See more »


Lawrence Jamieson: Freddy, as a younger man, I was a sculptor, a painter, and a musician. There was just one problem: I wasn't very good. As a matter of fact, I was dreadful. I finally came to the frustrating conclusion that I had taste and style, but not talent. I knew my limitations. We all have our limitations, Freddy. Fortunately, I discovered that taste and style were commodities that people desired. Freddy, what I am saying is: know your limitations. You are a moron.
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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 »


Referenced in Psych: Chivalry Is Not Dead... But Someone Is (2010) See more »


Puttin' On the Ritz
Written by Irving Berlin
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Just as funny as I first time saw the film.
10 February 2002 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I never get tired watch this funny film. Michael Caine and Steve Martin are good together as cons trying to compete with each other. Glenne Headly plays the woman they compete for a challenge. Wondering who is conning who at the end. I must of watch this film a dozen of times on TV, but it is fresh and funny to see it again.

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