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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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Details

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

The number plate that appears on the white Ferrari, is a Danish one. However, the font reveals it is a fake plate. If the Ferrari was registered in Denmark in 1987/1988 it would start with either an "M" or "N" the prefix "AB" on a white Danish plate was not used until 2016 and the plate no "AB 23 893" would belong to a tractor or motorcycle. See more »

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When Lawrence Jamison goes to Switzerland, the sign in the train station reads "ZURICH". It should read "ZÜRICH" with an umlaut. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: [greeting a returning Freddy] Welcome to Hell.
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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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Celui Qui S'en Va
Performed by Marie Myriam
Courtesy of WEA Music France and Laureen Music
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Jon Monsarrat review: still a classic, intelligent comedy
13 April 2002 | by johnnymonsarratSee 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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