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The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

In the conniving world of politics, even a professional shyster like Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) can find himself outmatched. After using name recognition to get elected, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Lynn

Writers:

Marty Kaplan (story), Jonathan Reynolds (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Thomas Jefferson Johnson
Lane Smith ... Dick Dodge
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Miss Loretta
Joe Don Baker ... Olaf Andersen
Victoria Rowell ... Celia Kirby
Grant Shaud ... Arthur Reinhardt
Kevin McCarthy ... Terry Corrigan
Charles S. Dutton ... Elijah Hawkins
Victor Rivers ... Armando
Chi McBride ... Homer (as Chi)
Sonny Jim Gaines Sonny Jim Gaines ... Van Dyke
Noble Willingham ... Zeke Bridges
Gary Frank ... Iowa
Daniel Benzali ... 'Skeeter' Warburton
Cynthia Harris ... Vera Johnson
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Storyline

In the conniving world of politics, even a professional shyster like Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) can find himself outmatched. After using name recognition to get elected, Johnson enjoys many of the same financial perks as other politicians. However, while investigating the connection between electric companies and cancer in young children, he unexpectedly develops a conscience. Unfortunately, fellow Congressman Dick Dodge (Lane Smith) isn't about to let him rock the boat.

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Taglines:

From con man to congressman

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Jonathan Lynn - Director

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De estafador a senador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,666,502
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The nick-name of Jefferson Davis Johnson (James Garner) was "Jeff". See more »

Goofs

The videotape at the end sounds different when played back than the actual conversation that took place. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Hey, yo, Van Dyke!
Van Dyke: Yeah?
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Y'all remember Willie Sutton?
Van Dyke: My hero.
Thomas Jefferson Johnson: What did he say when they asked him why he robbed banks?
Van Dyke: 'Cause that's where the money is.
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Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

THE THUNDERER
Written by John Philip Sousa
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Wonderful satire!
28 December 2002 | by oldbogusSee all my reviews

As a political wonk, I found this movie perfect! I think this is the best Eddie Murphy movie ever! Actually, I am disappointed it took me so long to see it (today, 12/28/02). I was amazed at the negative reviews. What is these people's problem? That the US government doesn't work like this? Or that Eddie's character could actually realize that screwing ordinary citizens is different from swindling corporations and rich people?


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