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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Dale Launer (written by) and
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Release Date:
14 December 1988 (USA) See more »
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Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.
Plot:
Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50.000 first. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award
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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award
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AFI to honour Steve Martin
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Freddy Benson

Michael Caine ... Lawrence Jamieson

Glenne Headly ... Janet Colgate
Anton Rodgers ... Inspector Andre

Barbara Harris ... Fanny Eubanks

Ian McDiarmid ... Arthur

Dana Ivey ... Mrs. Reed

Meagen Fay ... Lady from Oklahoma

Frances Conroy ... Lady from Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan ... Lady in Dining Car
Aïna Walle ... Miss Krista Knudsen
Cheryl Pay ... Lady with Pearls
Nathalie Auffret ... Marion
Lolly Susi ... Lady in Rolls Royce
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... English Sailor #1 (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
Hepburn Graham ... English Sailor #2
Xavier Maly ... Hotel Bellboy
André Penvern ... Waiter on the Train

Louis Zorich ... Greek Millionaire
Georges Gerrard Baffos ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Valerie Beaufils ... Pretty Beach Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Davidson ... Woman with dogs (uncredited)
Bernard Williams ... Photographer on beach (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Oz 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Dale Launer (written by) and
Stanley Shapiro (written by) &
Paul Henning (written by)

Produced by
Charles Hirschhorn .... executive producer
Dale Launer .... executive producer
Bernard Williams .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miles Goodman 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stephen A. Rotter 
William S. Scharf  (as William Scharf)
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
 
Production Design by
Roy Walker 
 
Art Direction by
Damien Lanfranchi 
Steve Spence 
 
Set Decoration by
Rosalind Shingleton 
 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
 
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... makeup artist: Mr. Caine
Pascal Charbonnier .... makeup artist
Janet Flora .... makeup artist
Geraldine Jones .... hair stylist (as Gerry Jones)
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic makeup artist (as Matthew Mungle)
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist: Mr. Martin (as Dorothy Pearl)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Mr. Martin
Thierry Zemmour .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Bernard Mazauric .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antoine Sabarros .... second second assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director
David Tringham .... first assistant director
Bernard Williams .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Maurice Borghese .... head draper (as Maurice Borghesi)
Noelle Fortuna .... assistant draper
Derek Knowler .... property storeman
Bernard Harvey Langton .... assistant property master (as Bernard Harvey-Langton)
Louis Lenoir .... head painter
Phillipe Mazauric .... property buyer
Jean Menna .... head carpenter
Tony Rimmington .... assistant art director
Terry Wells .... property master
Hervé Schrub .... greenman (uncredited)
Hervé Schrub .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... adr editor
Don Banks .... boom operator
Chris Beaver .... assistant adr editor
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco .... assistant foley editor
Luis Colina .... foley editor
Ron Davies .... adr editor
Frank E. Eulner .... assistant sound effects editor (as Frank Eulner)
Tina Fallani .... apprentice dialogue editor
Rob Fruchtman .... foley editor
Marjorie L. Hagar .... apprentice sound effects/foley (as Marjorie Hagar)
Pat Jackson .... sound effects editor
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Ann Kroeber .... sound effects editor
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
Bob Robinson .... assistant adr editor
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Alan Splet .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Pierre Steen .... sound assistant
Lionel Strutt .... adr recordist: Mayflower Film Recording Ltd. London
John Verbeck .... assistant sound effects editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... assistant dialogue editor (as Gwendolyn Yates)
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Miranda .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Terry Walsh .... stunt double: Mr. Caine
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... video playback operator (as Sebastian Ballhaus)
Rene Basso .... grip
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip
Tony Bratulic .... grip (as Antoine Bratulic)
Bruce Byall .... best boy grip
Ernest Cabezas .... generator operator
Jean-Marie Lopez .... electrician
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera (as Robert Mancuso)
Stéphane Nègre .... electrician
Bob Penn .... still photographer (as Robert Penn)
John 'Fest' Sandau .... best boy electric (as John Sandau)
Steve Smith .... key grip
James R. Tynes .... gaffer (as Jim Tynes)
Jean Marc Bringuier .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Françoise Combadière .... casting: Paris (as Francoise Combadiere)
Caroline Mazauric .... casting: Nice
Debbie McWilliams .... casting: London
Roberto Robin .... assistant casting: Nice
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claudia Fellous .... wardrobe assistant (as Claudy Fellous-Marliere)
Sue Gandy .... assistant costume designer
Suzy Sand .... wardrobe assistant
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer: Mr. Steve Martin
James Smith .... costumer: Mr. Michael Caine (as James A. Smith)
 
Editorial Department
Berj Amir .... apprentice film editor
Reid Burns .... color timer
Elisa Cohen .... apprentice film editor
Denis Coq .... assistant film editor
Richard Friedlander .... first assistant film editor
Robert Grahamjones .... assistant film editor
Jenny Oznowicz .... apprentice film editor
Bob Sarles .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Ethan Chase .... scoring assistant
Nancy Fogarty .... music editor
Devon Miller .... assistant music editor
Jim Mitchell .... scoring assistant
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Jerry Goodman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gaston Veilleux .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
René Brun .... location manager (as Rene Brun)
Régis Brun .... assistant location manager (as Regis Brun)
Laurence Coutaud-Garnier .... production secretary (as Laurence Coutaud)
Isabelle de Geofroy .... assistant auditor
Inger Eisenhour .... assistant: Mr. Oz and Mr. Williams
Bran Ferren .... title designer
Tom Gray .... publicist
Ruth Hasty .... assistant: Mr. Oz and Mr. Williams
Joseph Brad Kluge .... production assistant (as Joseph Kluge)
Barbara Lucey .... financial representative
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production controller (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Nelly Niay .... auditor: France
Valerie E. Norman .... script supervisor (as Valerie Norman-Williams)
Andrea Tringham .... production assistant
Michelle Wright .... production coordinator (as Michelle Wright-Warnick)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
 
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110 min | Turkey:104 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
The movie's story-line follows closely that of the film's source original film The Bedtime Story (1964) on which it is based and features only a handful of minor script changes.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Danish registered Ferrari the is driven by "Mrs. Christa Knudsen" has a license plate that looks Danish. The license plate, however would begin with the letter "M" or "N" instead of "A". In Denmark "A" was used in the 60's and "K", "L", "M", and "N" in the mid-eighties.See more »
Quotes:
Freddy Benson:I know somebody here! I met him on a train! His name... is... his name is... James. No. His name is... James Josephson. Lor. No, no, no. James Lawrence. LAWRENCE... Lawrence. Lawrence Fells. Lawrence Feings. Forest Lorenston. Low. Lars. LARS. Lawrence. Lawrence. Luch. Lawrence. Tuh. His name is James Jesenthon. Lawrence Fell. Lawrence Jesterton. LAWRENCE JESTERTON.
Inspector Andre:...Lawrence Jamieson?
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64 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Dirty + Rotten = Genius, 23 December 2003
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

This film made an impression on me before I even saw it. I was in a theater, and a trailer for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" came on. While a voice-over talked about the value of movies promoting morality and civility, you saw Martin and Caine strolling along a beachfront, smiling beneficently as they greet passers-by. Then Caine shoved cotton candy into a kids face while Martin pushed a woman off a ledge.

It's a great sequence, and is featured on the DVD with its own commentary from director Frank Oz (when has that ever happened before?) but a little misleading. Actually, while both men are scoundrels, neither is quite that vile. Caine's Lawrence Jamieson is actually a bit of an altruist, as we find out, with a code of only taking in people who can afford to be taken, and finding ways of spending the money that are not entirely self-serving. Martin's Freddy Benson is less disciplined and more small-time in his cons; he'll steal candy from a baby and tell you it's for his poor sick Gram-Gram if caught, but he is likeable, too, an underdog with little idea how the game is played at the highest levels, but eager to learn.

The fact you can like these characters is a compliment to Martin and Caine, as well as director Oz and the team of writers. Tone is everything with a film like this, and as Oz says in his commentary, so important in making the comedy work. He notes he was going for a 1950s feel in the picture, I'm guessing with Hitchcock's "To Catch A Thief" in mind. The great score by Miles Goodman is solid enough to deserve its own CD reissue, with an air of light sophistication that buoys the proceedings on screen. Most importantly, since much of the comedy involves people taking advantage of one another, having everything put forward in such a gossamer manner helps you digest the story without leaving a bad taste.

Martin shines in many scenes, especially when playing Ruprecht the idiot man-child and when stuck in jail trying to remember the name of the only man he thinks can bail him out ("James Lawrenceton...no, wait, James Jesterton....no, no, it's definitely, um...") I knew Martin could be funny, and with the exception of "All Of Me" this is probably his best comedic performance, but Caine is a revelation. A straight man, yes, but with delicate timing and some clever characterizations that he pulls out of a bag, like an Germanic psychiatrist with some unusual ideas about curing lameness. You forget how good Caine is in comedy, despite his performances in films like this, "Blame It On Rio," and "Without A Clue." Glenne Headly is a revelation as the woman caught in the middle of Jamieson and Benson's scheming, every bit as good as her male counterparts, but say no more.

Great actors, great tone, but the plot is the best thing this film has. It's a remake of a 1964 film "Bedtime Story," which teamed Marlon Brando and David Niven for what should have been a dream team but went flat instead. This time, the script is helped by actors who can not only deliver funny lines but make them funnier, and by an ending (according to Oz in his commentary, one worked out over several long dinner meetings with Martin) that is simply perfect.

Finally, Oz needs to be recognized. He was only making his second non-Muppet film here, but the result in my view is one of the best comedies anyone has ever done. He manages to get the best from everyone, including the actors and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (some amazing night shots of the French Rivera waterfront you never tire of looking at), and delivers a rare jewel of a film, a laugh-out-loud comedy that leaves you with a warm feeling inside.

Ian McDairmid plays Arthur the butler in this, teaming him with Oz yet again. Almost titled this review "Yoda And Palpatine On The French Riviera;" it's interesting McDairmid plays the one guy in "Scoundrels" who's really on the level.

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