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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

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Olaf Andersen
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Celia Kirby
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Arthur Reinhardt
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Elijah Hawkins
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Armando
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Homer (as Chi)
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Vera Johnson
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Storyline

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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De estafador a senador  »

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$46,666,502 (USA)
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Trivia

A longer version of the sex scene between Kimberly and Johnson was shot but never used. The scene ran over 4 minutes. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Well I've got to do something to help these people.
Celia Kirby: Don't tell me you're actually developing a conscience.
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: God I hope not, it's gonna be a fuckin' nuisance in Congress.
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References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
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A Smash!!!
6 July 2002 | by ((Yankton, SD USA)) – See all my reviews

Eddie Murphy is a great actor and he proves it in this movie. In it, Con man Murphy decides he can make more money as a United States Congressman than a hood. Victoria Rowell as Murphy's lawyer-activist love interest, Lane Smith as his double-dealing "political" mentor, and Joe Don Baker as the power magnate who tries to put both men in his pocket, bat great cleanup. All of this movie, coming from a pure political buff like myself, is great. For all you Alan Keyes fans out there, watch this movie for Charles S. Dutton's great performance as Eliah Hawkins, a preachy minister-Maryland congressman who I think is like Keyes in every way.


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