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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 fifty thousand dollars 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 Wallé Aïna Wallé ... Miss Krista Knudsen (as Aïna Walle)
Cheryl Pay Cheryl Pay ... Lady with Pearls
Nathalie Auffret Nathalie Auffret ... Marion
Lolly Susi 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 work ... 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:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Only a teaser trailer was released. Three full trailers were presented to Frank Oz and Orion Pictures by "trailer house" companies who specialized in making trailers, but Oz didn't like any of them. See more »

Goofs

When Janet leaves the hotel for the villa she has no luggage. Yet the next morning at the villa she's wearing different clothes than the night before. See more »

Quotes

[Sitting at the dinner table]
Freddy Benson: Excuse me. May I go to the bathroom first?
Lawrence Jamieson: Of course you may.
Freddy Benson: [after a pause, and with relief] Thank you.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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A delightful exercise in farcical chicanery
30 August 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I cannot believe that the first time I saw this - one of my favorite comedies - I was not enamored of it. Subsequent viewings have given it an honored place on my roster of great comedies. What fun Caine and Martin must have working with each other on this one; their enthusiasm certainly shows in the results. Best line: "One must know one's limitations, Freddy. You are a moron." Definitely a must-see for comedy aficionados.


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