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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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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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De estafador a senador  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,666,502
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Trivia

The name of the registered political party which was also a senior citizens club in Florida which enabled Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) to run for Congress was the "Silver Foxes". See more »

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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

[pretending to be Zeke Bridges]
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: I'm madder than a Baptist in a brothel, you som-bitch!
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: I tell ya, I'm bout as crazy as a dog in a hubcap factory.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
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Trying to "Distinguish" the old Eddie from the new.
13 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

When Eddie Murphy hit it big on Saturday Night Live,he became the hottest featured player on there since John Belushi. Along with that came his (then) shocking and hilarious comedy albums. He Like Steve Martin in the '70s,became a stand-up comedian,treated like a rock star.

Then came great films like 48 Hours,Trading Places & Beverly Hills Cop #1 & Pt.2 and Coming To America. Mis-steps like Best Defense (which he's barely in) and Golden Child. Mostly though,it was his (clean version here) "smart-aleck"/street smart persona that made him. It's also what broke him,at least for awhile.

Harlem Nights was a disaster,Another 48 Hourscould have been made on a Xerox machine. People had begun to tire of him. In 1992 it seemed he had rebounded with "Boomerang" but then came this.

The Distinguished gentleman takes Murphy,once again back to the street smart,con artist he'd played before. The smart aleck humor seemed tired for a man (then) 30 years old. It was a somewhat nice touch that his character sees the realities involved in the office he's won based on (someone else's) name recognition. Seeing a little girl whose hair has fallen out due to electrical tower radiation makes him see the light.

Most comedies have a pretty funny ending but the writers couldn't even give us that. In the last moment,I was like,"That's it?"

Four stars is a generous rating here but I feel that Murphy was at least trying to say good-bye to his 80s super-star and hello to maturity,which he finally found. After Beverly Hills Cop 3,he never looked back again. (END)


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