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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lane Smith ...
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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Did You Know?


This political comedy film is directed by Jonathan Lynn, who previously had great success as a co-creator and co-writer of the British political comedy series Yes Minister (1980), and its' sequel, Yes, Prime Minister (1986). See more »


The videotape at the end sounds different when played back than the actual conversation that took place. See more »


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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Referenced in Tosh.0: Phil Davison (2011) See more »


Written by Chuckii Booker and Derek 'DOA' Allen
Performed by Chuckii Booker
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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More story than fun -- but still lotsa fun
8 February 2000 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

There were so many spots that seemed to demand "more Eddie." He only did a couple of impersonation schticks (during the campaign in the van scene, and the nerdy guy visiting the dead congressman's widow), and I wanted more! They were great.

The story is good, too. A con artist decides to become a congressman and play the game, only to find out that the issues involved are not a game. He becomes a person who cares.

Granted, it's a comedy, but it continues to remind us that, as long as humans run organizations, is ANY organization pure virtue and no vice? Religion? Law enforcement? Academia? Government? Corporate society? Sports? Is any system free of corruption?

We all live in glass houses. And there are individuals out there trying at least to keep their windows clean.

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