The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  4 December 1992 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Did You Know?


This political comedy film is directed by Jonathan Lynn, who previously had great success as a co-creator and co-writer of the British political comedy series Yes Minister (1980), and its' sequel, Yes, Prime Minister (1986). See more »


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 »


Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Don't you love this Chairman? He's brought dignity back to the name Dick. No longer is it Tricky! Come on... Dick is Good! Dick is Good!
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References Scarface (1983) See more »


Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
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One of Murphy's few above average movies
9 July 1999 | by (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I'll start off by saying I don't particularly like Eddie Murphy. I think he is not always in tune with what is funny, and the only movie that he was in that I truly enjoyed (I thought he was excellent in the Nutty Proffessor but I didn't like the movie really) was Beverly Hills Cop. And this one. Here's why:

Eddie Murphy does not force his humor in this movie, like he tries in almost everything else I've seen him in. For most of the movie, he seems himself. Not only that, you actually see a little drama from Eddie, which while not ranking up there with the likes of Hanks and Hackman, he certainly makes you believe he's got another side to him.

The movie, while stretching credibility, attacks the System very well, both dramatically and humorously. If one watches this movie expecting a mild satire instead of a barrel of laughs or a breathtaking plot, they will probably enjoy it, assuming they didn't hate Beverly Hills Cop.

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