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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.

Director:

Frank Oz
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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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 Aina Wallé)
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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Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Adapted into a stage musical starring John Lithgow. Lithgow also shares the role of Yoda with Director Frank Oz. See more »

Goofs

During the telephone conversation between Andre and Jamieson, the level of liquor in Andre's glass and bottle rises and falls inconsistently. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lady with Pearls: Your Highness, please allow me to make this little contribution.
Lawrence Jamieson: No, I cannot accept them.
Lady with Pearls: But think of what these could do for your cause.
Lawrence Jamieson: Even though I know those pearls would mean freedom for many of my people, I will not take them.
Lady with Pearls: Please. Please! These could save the lives of many men.
Lawrence Jamieson: The men of my country are proud. They would die rather than have their Prince accept charity.
Lady with Pearls: Then think of the lives of the women, the mothers.
Lawrence Jamieson: The women of my country fight alongside the men. They ...
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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

Featured in Hollywood Express: Episode #14.33 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

La donna è mobile
from Rigoletto (uncredited)
by Giuseppe Verdi
[melody the music box plays when Lawrence and Janet dance in the music room]
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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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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, 18 December 1988

Gross USA:

$42,039,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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