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The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

 -  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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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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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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4 December 1992 (USA)  »

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$46,666,502 (USA)
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Johnson quotes several Presidents of the United States (as well as a few other American historical figures including "Live Free or Die" from Revolutionary War General John Stark) during his run for Congress speech. "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" Franklin D. Roosevelt; "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" John F. Kennedy; and "Read My Lips" George Bush (George H.W. Bush, #41). See more »

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

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Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Hey, yo, Van Dyke!
Van Dyke: Yeah?
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Y'all remember Willie Sutton?
Van Dyke: My hero.
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: What did he say when they asked him why he robbed banks?
Van Dyke: 'Cause that's where the money is.
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References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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THE POLITICS OF LOVE
Written and Performed by Phil Marshall
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17 June 2001 | by (Loughborough, England) – See all my reviews



Normally, I dont like Eddie Murphy films. This is a definite exception. He is not as over the top as in a lot of his roles, and carries it off with charm and substance, a little like Will Smith does now.

The plot (concerning a con man who decides theres more money to be made in politics) is for the most part hilarious, but seriously falls down into schmaltz once he starts developing a conscience.

Also, it is not as scathing about the American political system as it could be, giving out the impression that apart from a few bad apples, the majority of politicians do have the publics best interests at heart.

Anyone who enjoyed this should try and check out the English tv series "Yes, Minister". It is written by the director of this film (Jonathan Lynn) and is really much more effective in dealing with the British political system. Another british series along these lines is "House of Cards" and its follow ups, which really pulls no punches at all. And stars Ian Richardson. What more could you possibly want?


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