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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

A longer version of the sex scene between Kimberly (Sarah Carson) and Congressmen Jeff Johnson (James Garner) was filmed but never used. The scene ran for over four minutes. See more »

Goofs

The videotape at the end sounds different when played back than the actual conversation that took place. See more »

Quotes

[trying to bribe Congressman Dodge]
Olaf Andersen: This could mean six figures, Dick.
[Dick Dodge raises his eyebrows]
Olaf Andersen: [smiling] HIGH six figures.
[Dodge raises his eyebrows twice]
Olaf Andersen: [frowning] SEVEN figures?
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Referenced in Rederiet: Ändrad kurs (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

SOUL TRIILOGY III
Written by Chuckii Booker and Derek 'DOA' Allen
Performed by Chuckii Booker
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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