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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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Frank Oz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Freddy Benson
Michael Caine ... Lawrence Jamieson
Glenne Headly ... Janet Colgate
Anton Rodgers ... Inspector Andre
Barbara Harris ... Fanny Eubanks
Ian McDiarmid ... Arthur
Dana Ivey ... Mrs. Reed
Meagen Fay ... Lady from Oklahoma
Frances Conroy ... Lady from Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan ... Lady in Dining Car
Aïna Walle Aïna Walle ... Miss Krista Knudsen
Cheryl Pay Cheryl Pay ... Lady with Pearls
Nathalie Auffret Nathalie Auffret ... Marion
Lolly Susi Lolly Susi ... Lady in Rolls Royce
Rupert Holliday-Evans 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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Taglines:

Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Freddy is in the casino wearing a U.S. Army uniform, he attempts to use a U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal as collateral at the roulette table, and the dealer refuses. U.S. Military medals are made of low-grade metals (pot metals), instead of precious metals, specifically to prevent them being sold for cash. U.S. Military tradition states that the value of the medal, is in the action taken to earn it, not in the material from which it's assembled. 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 »

Quotes

Freddy Benson: Of all the lousy... She is disgusting. She is lying. She is deceitful. She is two-faced. She is conniving, and she is dishonest!
Lawrence Jamieson: Heh, heh, heh... Yes... Isn't she wonderful?
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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 »


Soundtracks

Puttin' On the Ritz
Written by Irving Berlin
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In A Word: Hilarious!
27 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I really don't watch this movie often enough. The few times I've seen it over the years provide superior entertainment, but it's a film I seem to forget about. That shouldn't be the case: it's a terrific movie.

I've never met anyone who did NOT like this movie. It seems to appeal to a lot of people, young and old. The three leads - Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenn Headley - were all in top form, on top of their "game," so to speak.

Martin's facial expressions and physical humor are terrific and Caine played his part magnificently, too. I enjoy Caine much more in here than Martin (and in most films) but Steve seems to have the funniest moments in this movie. At any rate, both are superb as antagonists "Lawrence Jamison" (Caine) and "Freddie Benson" (Martin). The two men have the talent to pull off slapstick as well as subtle comedy. Headley, as "Janet Colgate," meanwhile, is a joy to watch and to listen to, with that sweet voice of hers. I can't say more about her without giving away too much but she is not only the objection of attention in the movie, but the key character. These three combine for almost a laugh-a-minute.

This also is a good example of how to make a modern-day comedy without all the sleaze and profanity. There is some in here, but not much. Why most comedies do not follow this lead is a sad question. It's still an adult movie about con men, not a film teens and below would enjoy. Frank Oz, who directed other pretty clean-and-funny movies, directed this one.

Highly recommended.


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