The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Olaf Andersen
Celia Kirby
Arthur Reinhardt
Terry Corrigan
Elijah Hawkins
Homer (as Chi)
Sonny Jim Gaines ...
Van Dyke
Zeke Bridges
'Skeeter' Warburton
Cynthia Harris ...
Vera Johnson


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 <>

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From con man to congressman


Comedy | Crime

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

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Release Date:

4 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De estafador a senador  »

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$46,666,502 (USA)

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Feature film debut of Chi McBride. See more »


When congressman Johnson first sits down with Celia Kirby and her assistant Ira Schecter , Johnson asks Ira about how much he pays for auto insurance and Ira states that he owns a 1982 Dodge Dart. The Dodge Dart was manufactured from 1960 through 1976 and then again from 2013 through the present. There is no such thing as a 1982 Dodge Dart. See more »


Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Chairman Dodge, please! Would you tell him that it's Mr. Joshua Benjamin from the NAACP on the line! Actually Mame, you could be a great deal of help, I have a few minor questions. I would like to know how many members of the Chairman's committee are African American?... None... Well, surely, there must be a Latino member on the committee... No Latinos either... Ah! Does ah! the Chairman have any Asians or Native Americans on the Committee? No Asians and no Natives. Does the Chairman have any ...
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Referenced in Rederiet: Ändrad kurs (1993) See more »


Written by John Philip Sousa
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Highly Entertaining
7 May 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

This overlooked Eddie Murphy from 1992 gem is much better than most critics would have you believe. Murphy plays a charming con man who swindles his way into Congress through voter inattention -- they think he's the incumbent, who is actually deceased. What starts as a game to merely soak the job for all it's worth turns into an unlikely effort to make a real difference. Several scenes are laugh-out-loud, particularly early on. Though a shade overlong, the story is engaging enough to keep the viewer's attention, and it serves up some nice potshots at how bloated and self-serving government has become. One of Murphy's best 'non-family' entries.

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