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The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

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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 <>

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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)  »

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De estafador a senador  »

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$46,666,502 (USA)

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The first time Eddie Murphy appeared in a film that was not distributed by Paramount Pictures. See more »


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Thomas Jefferson Johnson: 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!
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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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