The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Terry, tell me something. With all this money coming in from both sides, how does anything ever get done?
Terry Corrigan: It doesn't. That's the genius of the system.
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Referenced in Rederiet: Ändrad kurs (1993) See more »


Written and Performed by Phil Marshall
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One of the Best Political Comedies Ever
27 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've seen Citizen Kane and wasn't half as impressed with it as I was with this film which I credit to producer and writer Marty Kaplan (who, as I understand, is a CPA). The only thing this movie lacks is violence and nudity, not that it needs either.

I've never seen a more thorough and realistic comedy about government and politics before or since this film. Only Bulworth comes close, yet the solutions suggested in that film were just as liberal as the institution it parodied. There are a few liberal connotations in The Distinguished Gentleman (particularly environmental), but they are immediately balanced and authenticated by the conditions presented in the story.

This film isn't an absolute probe into political science, but it gives a more lucid perspective of politics than the media would ever care to attempt. Eddie Murphy's performance is vintage, particularly his mimicking skills and his genuine comedic brilliance. A moment that defines the film is when his character gives a victory speech which consists exclusively of several cliches coined by historic politicians ("'Four score and seven years ago...' 'If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen...' 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself...' 'Ask not what your country can do for you...' and in conclusion 'Read my lips!'"). The crowd response, as with actual politicians, is full of mindless cheers of concurrence.

Political experts may find this film silly and full of inconsistencies. Yet, the fact is, most movies are silly compared to reality. This film, however, does not insult the viewer and gives political novices a good idea of political mechanics while presenting a hilarious performance. The fact presented in this film is that the most powerful people are the most corrupt, and corruption can only be defeated by more clever and deceptive corruption.

This is not a film for "Generation X"ers who rate a film on its music soundtrack and how thoroughly the females cast in it prostitute themselves. If you appreciate the comedy of Eddie Murphy and have a critical appreciation for politics, you will enjoy this film.

I'd give it a 9.5, but the IMDB won't allow decimals.

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