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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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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,666,502 (USA)
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Trivia

In the scene between Eddie Murphy and Charles S. Dutton eating crab in Baltimore, they are inauthentically eating Dungeness crab (latin name 'Metacarcinus magister' named for Dungeness, Washington State, USA), which is found only on the Pacific coast of North America. The Baltimore, Maryland area is world renowned for their Chesapeake blue crab or Atlantic blue crab (latin name Callinectes sapidus) which is a species of crab native to the western Atlantic Ocean and especially concentrated in the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland, where it is culinarily significant and economically crucial, the Maryland state crustacean, and an extensive fishery. The Chesapeake blue is an entirely different species from Dungeness, and typically eaten exactly as shown in the film, however Dungeness crabs are not eaten that way. 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 cannot serve their term if elected. See more »

Quotes

Olaf Andersen: Now the question is, can we get the shit back into the horse?
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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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One of Eddie's least appreciated films....
7 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though it laid a big fat egg at the box office, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN is still one of Eddie Murphy's smartest and most entertaining films. Eddie plays a career con man who decides there is real money to be made in the political arena and using the name of his state's recently deceased incumbent, runs for Congress and is actually elected on the strength of his predecessor's name. Upon his arrival in Washington, he finds himself courted by many special lobbyists and finds him squaring off against one semi-crooked congressman (the late Lane Smith), whose personal agendas outweigh his duties to the people he represents and it is through his dealings with this guy and learning that politics is more than the big dodge he thought it was going to be, our hero learns to be a better person. This clever comedy takes the expected pot-shots at Washington, DC and politics in general, but also presents a fun good vs evil story surrounded by some elaborate trappings that make for a sophisticated comic romp. Murphy has rarely been better and he has surrounded himself with a superb supporting cast including Kevin McCarthy, Joe Don Baker, Charles S. Dutton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Noble Willingham, and Grant Shaud. There is also a very funny cameo by James Garner as the congressman who Murphy succeeds. The movie is about 20 minutes too long, but for the most part, it is a very entertaining ride. It's not the kind of film hard-core Eddie-philes expect from him, but for those looking for something a little original and very funny...have your fill here.


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