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The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  4 December 1992 (USA)
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A Florida con man uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the ... See full summary »

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A Florida con man uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists. But soon he learns the nature of the game and decides to fight back the only way he knows how, with a con. Written by Craig D. Barker <cdbarker@umich.edu>

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From con man to congressman

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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4 December 1992 (USA)  »

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$46,666,502 (USA)
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In the scene between Eddie Murphy and Charles S. Dutton eating crab in Baltimore, they are inauthentically eating Dungeness crab (latin name 'Metacarcinus magister' named for Dungeness, Washington State, USA), which is found only on the Pacific coast of North America. The Baltimore, Maryland area is world renowned for their Chesapeake blue crab or Atlantic blue crab (latin name Callinectes sapidus) which is a species of crab native to the western Atlantic Ocean and especially concentrated in the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland, where it is culinarily significant and economically crucial, the Maryland state crustacean, and an extensive fishery. The Chesapeake blue is an entirely different species from Dungeness, and typically eaten exactly as shown in the film, however Dungeness crabs are not eaten that way. See more »

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When the Congressmen are out in the field hunting, they spot a flock of geese and commence firing. However, even though we hear the sound of multiple rapid gunfire, none of the weapons (M16s) have any fire spitting from the barrels, nor do any spent cartridges eject. See more »

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[blackmailing Congressman Dodge]
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: I want you to resign. You can tell people it's for health reasons. Most of us will believe that, cuz we've seen you in the steam room.
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SOUL TRIILOGY III
Written by Chuckii Booker and Derek 'DOA' Allen
Performed by Chuckii Booker
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17 June 2001 | by (Loughborough, England) – See all my reviews



Normally, I dont like Eddie Murphy films. This is a definite exception. He is not as over the top as in a lot of his roles, and carries it off with charm and substance, a little like Will Smith does now.

The plot (concerning a con man who decides theres more money to be made in politics) is for the most part hilarious, but seriously falls down into schmaltz once he starts developing a conscience.

Also, it is not as scathing about the American political system as it could be, giving out the impression that apart from a few bad apples, the majority of politicians do have the publics best interests at heart.

Anyone who enjoyed this should try and check out the English tv series "Yes, Minister". It is written by the director of this film (Jonathan Lynn) and is really much more effective in dealing with the British political system. Another british series along these lines is "House of Cards" and its follow ups, which really pulls no punches at all. And stars Ian Richardson. What more could you possibly want?


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