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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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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)  »

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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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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 »

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Lawrence Jamieson: Do you ever have a single thought that originates from above the waist?
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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 Bedtime Story (1964), of which this is a remake. See more »

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Pick Yourself Up
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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"To be with another woman, that is French. To be caught, that is American."
19 August 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is no classic, but I really enjoyed this movie. I've seen too many mediocre "con artist" comedies (i.e., "Two Much", "Opportunity Knocks", etc.) and it's nice to see one that works well. The two leads were great. The dialogue is fabulous. The pace is perfect - it keeps your attention without moving too fast. The script is hilarious. I have no complaints about this movie. Rent it for a lot of laughs.

If, however, you don't like this movie (and I don't see how that's possible), you should still stay till the end. The ending is marvelously done, one of the funniest surprise endings since "The Sting" (another fabulous con artist comedy).


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