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The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

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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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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 »


When congressman Johnson first sits down with Celia Kirby and her assistant Ira Schecter , Johnson asks Ira about how much he pays for auto insurance and Ira states that he owns a 1982 Dodge Dart. The Dodge Dart was manufactured from 1960 through 1976 and then again from 2013 through the present. There is no such thing as a 1982 Dodge Dart. See more »


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 »


Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
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A very clever and sharp movie
13 November 2003 | by (The Greater Southwest) – See all my reviews

Being a Government teacher, I was curious about this film. As an Eddie Murphy vehicle, I was what somewhat curious to see if it would be an educational movie or just a comedic flick. Well, it was both. The story is funny and the plot is politically sharp. We see how the congressional committees work and how money influences our legislative process. Eddie Murphy has arrived as an actor that is still capable of making quality films.

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