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PG| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
Con artist Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) is a longtime resident of a luxurious coastal resort, where he enjoys the fruits of his deceptions -- that is, until a competitor, Freddy Benson (Steve Martin), shows up. When the new guy's lowbrow tactics impinge on his own work, Jamieson resolves to get rid of him. Confident of his own duplicitous talents, Jamieson challenges Benson to a winner-takes-all competition: whoever swindles their latest mark first can stay, while the other must leave town.

Cast: Steve Martin , Michael Caine , Glenne Headly , Anton Rodgers , Barbara Harris , Ian McDiarmid , Dana Ivey , Meagen Fay

Director: Frank Oz

Genres: Comedy

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Release Date: January 23rd, 2006|1 hr. 50 min.

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  • This disappointing comedy, which seems to move at a snail's pace, is almost saved by the gorgeous scenery and settings, crisply photographed. Locations include the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the harbor at Juan-les-Pins, and other lovely spots on the Cote d'Azur. [14 Dec 1988, p.E1] show more

  • Scoundrels isn't rock-bottom. That a more sturdy vehicle couldn't be found for such stellar leads, though, is a dirty rotten shame. [14 Dec 1988, p. 4D] show more

  • I never saw the original, but the sprightly remake couldn't be more delightful. As the ultra-suave Lawrence Jamison, Mr. Caine wears his hair and mustache Niven-like -- slicked down but never greasy. He manages to draw more laughs by merely reacting than most comics can pull out of a punchline. With his calculated coarseness, Mr. Martin is a perfect foil. Behind the scenes is former Muppet Man Frank Oz. He pulls the strings so deftly he never disturbs the froth. [15 Dec 1988, p.1] show more

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  • June 28, 2011 Sweetrose
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    This film is like \"Pygmalion\",in that Caine(Jaws The Revenge) teaches Martin(All Of Me) how to be a clever thief. They meet up with a smooth lady who suddenly catches on to their game.Martin is so funny,in playing different characters.I enjoy the torture Caine puts Martin through,and love how a sweet lady manages to hoodwink them.The men find a partner who helps them go after the island tourists.Marvellous and Wonderful !

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