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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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Freddy Benson
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Lawrence Jamieson
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Janet Colgate
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Inspector Andre
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Fanny Eubanks
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Arthur
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Mrs. Reed
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Lady from Oklahoma
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Lady from Palm Beach
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Lady in Dining Car
Aïna Walle ...
Miss Krista Knudsen
Cheryl Pay ...
Lady with Pearls
Nathalie Auffret ...
Marion
Lolly Susi ...
Lady in Rolls Royce
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English Sailor #1 (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
Hepburn Graham ...
English Sailor #2
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Hotel Bellboy
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Waiter on the Train
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Greek Millionaire
Georges Gerrard Baffos ...
Assistant Hotel Manager
Valerie Beaufils ...
Pretty Beach Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Davidson ...
Woman with dogs (uncredited)
Bernard Williams ...
Photographer on beach (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Oz

Written by

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Dale Launer ... (written by) and
Stanley Shapiro ... (written by) &
Paul Henning ... (written by)

Produced by

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Charles Hirschhorn ... executive producer
Dale Launer ... executive producer
Bernard Williams ... producer

Music by

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Miles Goodman

Cinematography by

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Michael Ballhaus ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Stephen A. Rotter
William S. Scharf ... (as William Scharf)

Editorial Department

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Berj Amir ... apprentice film editor
Reid Burns ... color timer
Elisa Cohen ... apprentice film editor
Denis Coq ... assistant film editor
Richard Friedlander ... first assistant film editor
Robert Grahamjones ... assistant film editor
Jenny Oznowicz ... apprentice film editor
Bob Sarles ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Donna Isaacson
John S. Lyons ... (as John Lyons)

Production Design by

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Roy Walker

Art Direction by

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Damien Lanfranchi
Steve Spence

Set Decoration by

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Rosalind Shingleton

Costume Design by

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Marit Allen

Makeup Department

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Lois Burwell ... makeup artist: Mr. Caine
Pascal Charbonnier ... makeup artist
Janet Flora ... makeup artist
Geraldine Jones ... hair stylist (as Gerry Jones)
Matthew W. Mungle ... prosthetic makeup artist (as Matthew Mungle)
Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist: Mr. Martin (as Dorothy Pearl)
Toni-Ann Walker ... hair stylist: Mr. Martin
Thierry Zemmour ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Bernard Mazauric ... unit production manager
Ron Lynch ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Antoine Sabarros ... second second assistant director
Gerry Toomey ... second assistant director
David Tringham ... first assistant director
Bernard Williams ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jean-Paul Bernardi ... dressing props
Maurice Borghese ... head draper (as Maurice Borghesi)
Noelle Fortuna ... assistant draper
Derek Knowler ... property storeman
Bernard Harvey Langton ... assistant property master (as Bernard Harvey-Langton)
Louis Lenoir ... head painter
Phillipe Mazauric ... property buyer
Jean Menna ... head carpenter
Tony Rimmington ... assistant art director
Terry Wells ... property master
Hervé Schrub ... greenman (uncredited) / set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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C.J. Appel ... adr editor
Don Banks ... boom operator
Chris Beaver ... assistant adr editor
Richard Beggs ... re-recording mixer
Mark Berger ... re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco ... assistant foley editor
Luis Colina ... foley editor
Ron Davies ... adr editor
Frank E. Eulner ... assistant sound effects editor (as Frank Eulner)
Tina Fallani ... apprentice dialogue editor
Rob Fruchtman ... foley editor
Marjorie L. Hagar ... apprentice sound effects/foley (as Marjorie Hagar)
Pat Jackson ... sound effects editor
Tom Johnson ... re-recording mixer
Ann Kroeber ... sound effects editor
John Nutt ... dialogue editor
Bob Robinson ... assistant adr editor
Ivan Sharrock ... production sound mixer
Michael Silvers ... dialogue editor
Alan Splet ... supervising sound editor
Jean-Pierre Steen ... sound assistant
Lionel Strutt ... adr recordist: Mayflower Film Recording Ltd. London
John Verbeck ... assistant sound effects editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle ... assistant dialogue editor (as Gwendolyn Yates)
Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley artist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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Richard Miranda ... special effects makeup (uncredited)

Stunts

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Terry Walsh ... stunt double: Mr. Caine

Camera and Electrical Department

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Florian Ballhaus ... first assistant camera
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus ... video playback operator (as Sebastian Ballhaus)
Rene Basso ... grip
Arthur Blum ... dolly grip
Tony Bratulic ... grip (as Antoine Bratulic)
Bruce Byall ... best boy grip
Ernest Cabezas ... generator operator
Jean-Marie Lopez ... electrician
Bobby Mancuso ... second assistant camera (as Robert Mancuso)
Stéphane Nègre ... electrician
Bob Penn ... still photographer (as Robert Penn)
John 'Fest' Sandau ... best boy electric (as John Sandau)
Steve Smith ... key grip
James R. Tynes ... gaffer (as Jim Tynes)
Jean-Marc Bringuier ... Steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Françoise Combadière ... casting: Paris (as Francoise Combadiere)
Caroline Mazauric ... casting: Nice
Debbie McWilliams ... casting: London
Roberto Robin ... assistant casting: Nice

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Claudia Fellous ... wardrobe assistant (as Claudy Fellous-Marliere)
Sue Gandy ... assistant costume designer
Suzy Sand ... wardrobe assistant
Dennis Schoonderwoerd ... costumer: Mr. Steve Martin
James Smith ... costumer: Mr. Michael Caine (as James A. Smith)

Location Management

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René Brun ... location manager (as Rene Brun)
Régis Brun ... assistant location manager (as Regis Brun)

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Ethan Chase ... scoring assistant
Nancy Fogarty ... music editor
Devon Miller ... assistant music editor
Jim Mitchell ... scoring assistant
Joel Moss ... music recordist
Thomas Pasatieri ... orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Jerry Goodman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Gaston Veilleux ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Laurence Coutaud-Garnier ... production secretary (as Laurence Coutaud)
Isabelle de Geofroy ... assistant auditor
Inger Eisenhour ... assistant: Mr. Oz and Mr. Williams
Bran Ferren ... title designer
Tom Gray ... publicist
Ruth Hasty ... assistant: Mr. Oz and Mr. Williams
Joseph Brad Kluge ... production assistant (as Joseph Kluge)
Barbara Lucey ... financial representative
Dianne Mapp-Cheek ... production controller (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Nelly Niay ... auditor: France
Valerie E. Norman ... script supervisor (as Valerie Norman-Williams)
Andrea Tringham ... production assistant
Michelle Wright ... production coordinator (as Michelle Wright-Warnick)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. ... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
Caroline Ruelle ... production secretary (uncredited)
Jonathan Sheinberg ... Head of Production Orion Pictures (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 under him to learn the art of the sophisticated and thus earn more lucrative con. Eventually, Lawrence and Freddy have a difference in how to operate their joint cons, so they issue each other an ultimatum: the person who is able to con a mark out of $50,000 first will get the French Riviera as their territory, with the other having to leave forever. Whom they choose is naive and slightly bumbling American "soap queen" Janet Colgate, who has just arrived in the area. The nature of how each tries to get the $50,000 from Janet changes over time, each needing to play off the other's con. But their focus may change with more information learned about the situation, as well as some external factors they did not anticipate. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le plus escroc des deux (France)
  • Un par de seductores (Spain)
  • Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas (Mexico)
  • Вiдчайдушнi шахраii (Ukraine)
  • Ticalosii (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,840,498, 16 Dec 1988

Did You Know?

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Trivia The teaser trailer features a sequence which does not appear in the final film. Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jamieson walk along a boardwalk, politely moving out of the way of other people, etc, with a voice saying something like "There are numerous distinguished gentlemen in the world... refined, cultured gentlemen... nice men... but nice men finish last". As the last few lines are spoken, Freddy pushes an old lady into the water, and Lawrence shoves a kid's face into his cotton candy. Frank Oz has said that audiences were very surprised to learn that the scene was not part of the finished film. See more »
Goofs Freddy passes himself off as a paralyzed naval officer but is wearing the blue dress uniform of a US Army enlisted man with the rank of corporal. The sailors that help Freddy would have picked up on that. However, the two sailors are not American, so it is possible that they are not familiar with the uniforms of foreign services. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels/Tequila Sunrise/Twins/My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Puttin' On the Ritz See more »
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 »
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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