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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

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Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Freddy Benson
... Lawrence Jamieson
... Janet Colgate
... Inspector Andre
... Fanny Eubanks
... Arthur
... Mrs. Reed
... Lady from Oklahoma
... Lady from Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan ... Lady in Dining Car
Aïna Walle ... Miss Krista Knudsen
Cheryl Pay ... Lady with Pearls
Nathalie Auffret ... Marion
Lolly Susi ... Lady in Rolls Royce
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... English Sailor #1 (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
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Storyline

Wealthy native Brit Lawrence Jamieson, living in Beaumont-sur-Mer on the French Riviera, earns most of his money through big cons on wealthy unsuspecting women. With the help of his associates -- corrupt police Inspector Andre, who provides him most of his intel, and his butler Arthur -- he pulls scams such as pretending to be a foreign deposed prince who needs money to finance a secret war to liberate his people. Beaumont-sur-Mer, and thus his world, is invaded by brash American Freddy Benson, another con man whose targets are also wealthy unsuspecting women. Lawrence believes Freddy is the Jackal, a con man whose true identity is unknown but who is known to be working his way through Europe. While Lawrence works on thousands of dollars per scam, Freddy works only on tens or if he is lucky hundreds of dollars. Lawrence's efforts to get Freddy out of his territory are unsuccessful, so when Freddy figures out that Lawrence is a con man like he is, he decides to blackmail Lawrence to ... Written by Huggo

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Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.

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Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

14 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,840,498, 16 December 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,039,085
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Trivia

At one point, Steve Martin, who plays Freddy, was to play the role of Lawrence (which is played by Sir Michael Caine), with Kevin Kline potentially to be playing Freddy. Kline was not cast but would later go on to star in French Kiss (1995) instead. See more »

Goofs

When Lawrence and Freddy first see Janet Colgate, it is when she has entered the hotel and fallen on the floor. She lifts her head and her hair is dark under her red hat, but in the next scene at the casino, it is almost blonde. See more »

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Lawrence Jamieson: You've been banging on your pots again, haven't you? I've told you... if you keep on doing it, you won't have any pots left
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Crazy Credits

While the names of Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning appear in the credits as two of this film's three writers, they are actually there just to credit their script for Bedtime Story (1964), of which this is a remake. See more »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Pick Yourself Up
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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Jon Monsarrat review: still a classic, intelligent comedy
13 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is no longer a new film, but it's not showing its age, which I guess is a sign of a classic. I've seen it recently, and was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised!

With performances by can't-fail actors Steve Martin and Michael Caine, the film is zany, with a little toilet humor but mostly doesn't insult one's intelligence, and is far better than "All of Me" and just short of "A Fish Called Wanda", and "Roxanne", which unlike this film includes some romance.

Who should see this film:

-- Zany comedy film lovers: a must-see. If you're new to

Steve Martin, try Bowfinger first.

-- Safe as a kids / family film

I'll give "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" a surprisingly resilient 9 out of 10.


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