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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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Vera Johnson
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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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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,666,502 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[blackmailing Congressman Dodge]
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: I want you to resign. You can tell people it's for health reasons. Most of us will believe that, cuz we've seen you in the steam room.
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HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
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A very clever and sharp movie
13 November 2003 | by (The Greater Southwest) – See all my reviews

Being a Government teacher, I was curious about this film. As an Eddie Murphy vehicle, I was what somewhat curious to see if it would be an educational movie or just a comedic flick. Well, it was both. The story is funny and the plot is politically sharp. We see how the congressional committees work and how money influences our legislative process. Eddie Murphy has arrived as an actor that is still capable of making quality films.


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