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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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Olaf Andersen
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Celia Kirby
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Arthur Reinhardt
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Terry Corrigan
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Armando
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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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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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$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 »

Goofs

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: [to Celia Kirby] This is your uncle?
Elijah Hawkins: Yes, my niece tells me you're not HALF as slimy as I thought. That puts you somewhere between a lizard and a toad. Ha ha. Quite a step up, huh?
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Thank you very much. Forgive me for staring. I don't know how I missed the family resemblance. She's you in a skirt.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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THE THUNDERER
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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