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The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

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

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,666,502
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The line of dialogue about Senator Dick Dodge (Lane Smith) that Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) says, "Don't you love this Chairman? He's brought dignity back to the name Dick. No longer is it Tricky! Come on . . . Dick is Good! Dick is Good! ", is a comic reference to former disgraced Republican President Richard Nixon whose nick-name was Dick (aka Dick Nixon). Other similar comic dialogue in the movie by Murphy says: "Well, I'm very flattered, Mr Dick"; "Oh, I'm sorry, Chairman Dick"; and "Oh, Just Dick. Just Plain Old Dick" A later Nixon / Watergate political comedy was actually entitled Dick (1999), it being made and first released around seven years after this movie. See more »

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Despite the threats to have Jefferson removed from congress, there is nothing in the Constitution or in house or senate rules that states a person with a criminal history cannot serve their term if elected. See more »

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Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Ask you to vote for Jeff Johnson. Good old Jeff. The name that you can trust. The name that you know. Jeff Johnson.
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References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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THE THUNDERER
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One of Eddie's least appreciated films....
7 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Though it laid a big fat egg at the box office, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN is still one of Eddie Murphy's smartest and most entertaining films. Eddie plays a career con man who decides there is real money to be made in the political arena and using the name of his state's recently deceased incumbent, runs for Congress and is actually elected on the strength of his predecessor's name. Upon his arrival in Washington, he finds himself courted by many special lobbyists and finds him squaring off against one semi-crooked congressman (the late Lane Smith), whose personal agendas outweigh his duties to the people he represents and it is through his dealings with this guy and learning that politics is more than the big dodge he thought it was going to be, our hero learns to be a better person. This clever comedy takes the expected pot-shots at Washington, DC and politics in general, but also presents a fun good vs evil story surrounded by some elaborate trappings that make for a sophisticated comic romp. Murphy has rarely been better and he has surrounded himself with a superb supporting cast including Kevin McCarthy, Joe Don Baker, Charles S. Dutton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Noble Willingham, and Grant Shaud. There is also a very funny cameo by James Garner as the congressman who Murphy succeeds. The movie is about 20 minutes too long, but for the most part, it is a very entertaining ride. It's not the kind of film hard-core Eddie-philes expect from him, but for those looking for something a little original and very funny...have your fill here.


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