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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 fifty thousand dollars first will get the French Riviera as their territory, with the other having to leave forever. Who 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 fifty thousand dollars 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.

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  • na
    na

    why are the movies no longer able to download???

  • univ-prof-samira-dietz-b-eng
    univ prof samira dietz b eng

    This comedy happens to be one of my personal funniest movies of all time. I love the way the surprising twists and turns create hilariously funny situations which are the reflections of two characters’ personalities. I think Michael Caine and Steve Martin were perfect for this type of humor; they are great together on the screen.Lawrence (Michael Caine) and Freddie (Steve Martin) are con-men who live off women; the former – big-time, pretending to be a King in the Exile and residing in a charming Mediterranean French town, the latter is good conning women into giving him small sums of money or buying him a dinner. The town is not big enough for them to work together. They agree to a “winner stays, loser leaves” bet. Enters American visitor – rich heiress Janet Colgate (Glenn Headly), sweet and naive young woman.Glen Headly – an intelligent, attractive actress more than held her own opposite Caine and Martin. It is easy to first overlook her work but after the movie is over, you realize how effortless, artful, and complicated her performance is. Last time, when I caught the movie on TV, my husband joined me and watching Glen Headly on the screen for what could easily be the tenth time, he asked me how she did it. Perhaps, the art of How they do it not only What they do keeps me glued to the screen every time DRS is on.Highly enjoyable, sparkling, witty, and hilarious gem of the movie.

  • nina-filipic
    nina filipic

    American conning women for free meals and small change. Worried that this small poacher will frighten off the bigger game, Lawrence tries to get rid of Freddy but, like a bad penny he keeps coming back. A chance encounter with one of Lawrence’s marks means Freddy catches on that Lawrence is just like him albeit on a bigger scale and he returns to the Riviera to confront him. With neither man willing to back off, they settle on a gentleman’s bet to fleece the first woman they see – with the one to pull off a successful con winning the right to stay and live well off rich women.With a twisty plot that is, ultimately, predictable, this film is less about the destination of the story but more about the comedy of each scene. On this level the film works pretty well because it manages to keep producing consistent amusement from start to shortly before the finish. I say shortly before the ending because near the end the predictable becomes very obvious and I felt like I was waiting for the film to just catch me up. This is more or less the main problem with the film, that the story is not that great but generally this is covered by the solid chuckles that it produced for the majority.The cast are a major part of this success and the film benefits from two good turns from the leads. Caine is perfectly suited to the role and does the comic aspect very well. Martin seems to be working harder which is funny considering how much like his other work this character is. He mugs frantically but it works because it is a fine piece of “odd-couple” comedy that works by contrast. Headley is enjoyable even if she is never on the same level as the stars. Support from Rogers and McDiarmid is solid and they both add to the film in the detail.Overall this is an enjoyable and light film that maybe doesn’t catch fire that often but did generally make me chuckle along with its individual scenes. The cast are all good and the story conveniently doesn’t get in the way that often, producing a slick if unsophisticated film that will please many viewers by doing what it does.

  • marissa-king
    marissa king

    This crime comedy, released when I was only two years old, didn’t catch my attention until VERY recently, around the time I watched “Bowfinger” for the first time in years this month. That film was directed by Frank Oz and features Steve Martin as one of the two co-stars, just like this one. That was how I discovered “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, a remake of a 1964 film called “Bedtime Story”, which I’ve never seen. In fact, I watched this 1988 film not knowing it was based on any picture that was made before it. I was expecting this movie to be at least slightly better than “Bowfinger”, even though that 1999 comedy is pretty funny, but my expectations may have been a little too high. For a while, I was getting disappointed, but fortunately, this didn’t last.Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jamieson are two con artists who make a living out of swindling rich women. After a successful operation, Lawrence is on a train on his way back to Beaumont-sur-Mer, France, where he currently resides. It is during this train ride when he first meets Freddy, after watching him bilking a woman by making up a story about having a very sick grandmother. Freddy happens to be on his way to Beaumont-sur-Mer, and Lawrence thinks he might have competition if the two of them are in the same town together, so at the station, he tricks Freddy into staying on the train. However, it isn’t long at all before Lawrence sees his rival in town again, and Freddy soon learns that the two of them have the same profession. He gets Lawrence to agree to teach him his conning skills by threatening to expose him if he doesn’t. Their rivalry continues to the point where they make a bet. They will see which one of them will be to first to cheat a certain woman out of $50,000, and the loser will leave town.Freddy is the character Steve Martin plays, and Lawrence is played by Michael Caine. Lawrence is the first of the two leads to appear in the film. The beginning, showing this character just before he meets the other con artist, is not hilarious but sometimes mildly amusing, and Caine already shows his acting talent. Freddy then makes his first appearance on the train, and the first really funny part is here, with the character telling the story of his sick grandmother and then making a massive order of food which his victim has promised to pay for. After this, the movie is not always that funny, but often is, especially with the antics of Martin, in scenes such as the jail cell one, in which his character struggles to try and remember Lawrence’s name. I didn’t care much for the scene showing Lawrence talking to one of his victims before he introduces her to Freddy posing as Ruprecht, though I did find the part where Freddy’s mentally challenged alter ego is introduced funny, even if some are bound to find it offensive. There also might be a lot of subtle humour which I didn’t get. Still, there are lots of funny parts, and it gets better later on, with Freddy posing as a traumatized soldier and Lawrence posing as a psychiatrist. At this point, it gets funnier and also a bit more exciting.I already mentioned that I haven’t seen “Bedtime Story”, the 1964 comedy starring Marlon Brando and David Niven, which this 1988 film is based on. Even though remakes are often inferior to originals, I obviously don’t know how these two in particular compare, but I guess I’m not the only one who has seen “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” but not “Bedtime Story”, since this film seems to be more widely recognized today. I’m sure I will see the original someday, but in the meantime, I will say that overall, this remake is a funny crime comedy, and the two leads actors, Steve Martin and Michael Caine, are both very impressive in their roles, even if Martin is the one who provides most of the humour. The supporting cast is mostly good as well. A lot of people probably like this movie better than “Bowfinger”, and I can’t say I’m one of them, but I would say both of them are pretty funny and worth watching if you’re a fan of the co-stars.

  • ing-jaqueline-granado
    ing jaqueline granado

    This is one of my favourite comedies. All the cast are excellent, especially Caine who really shows here how good he is at comedy. It really does not date and the laughs keep coming all the time. Great viewing again and again and again.

  • armando-pascual-sanchez
    armando pascual sanchez

    After 31 years this movie still makes me laugh out loud. Caine,Martin and Headly are hilarious and they both bring on their ‘A’ game.

  • ankitaa-baalkrssnnn
    ankitaa baalkrssnnn

    This film brings me so much happiness. From the story to the comedy to the soundtrack, I enjoy all of it. It’s the kind of silly movie you need to watch every now and then. It’s amazing to me that, after having not watched it for many years, I can still quote almost every line. Steve Martin and Michael Caine make a fantastic duo, and Glenne Headly plays so well opposite them. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a master class in con artist movies.

  • dr-hilma-keudel
    dr hilma keudel

    I was taken by surprise to see 59 comments on this illusively long-forgotten movie. The first surprise is that IMDb will come to 14 years old this October and it was produced in 1988. Picture this, it’s not a blockbuster of the epoch like “Titanic” that everyone remembers well.The second surprise is that it should be in the late 80’s or early 90’s that it was televised once only by a local English TV channel. Thanks and praises be to God for giving us an amazingly created brain. Vaguely I just could remember a small part of the plot and some English words shown on the screen. With the great help of the awesome invention named internet, yesterday I keyed in solely “con-men”, “card”, “jackal” and “movie” on the searching engine and swiftly I found its trail! Bravo.The third surprise comes to its popularity. From 1999 to 2004, people keep on writing comments on this movie. Its DVD release in 1997 and 2001 should have helped a lot.The fourth surprise is the sterling male cast. Steve Martin and Michael Caine! But how come I have forgotten them totally but Glenne Headly’s acting, not her name or face (sorry, sorry). The two men were not in my memory repository. I only remember their clumsy and ridiculous actions but not their names or faces.What I remember is an older dapper man of regal air poses himself as a man of nobility or of a certain European royal house. He manipulates the Americans’ “European royal family complex” and cajoles a blond American lady woman into giving him a large sum of money by majestically telling her that he is going to get back his lost country and much money is needed for a coup d’état. As for the younger chap, in my memory, he is nothing but a silly guy in many ways.It is true that some Caucasian Americans, especially those living at East Coast where Europeans influence still has its way, fall for Europe obsessively. The evidence is obvious. In Disney world, many cartoon motion pictures are derived from European fairy tales (or children literature) where there are numerous good-looking princes and princesses living in magnificent castles. Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty etc are all typical choices. When they are still young kids, most Americans read about these stories day after day like cronies. In real world, they cannot find these glamorous characters in their own hometown but the original lands of their ancestors: Europe. Therefore, it is normal that some Americans has a high liking for Europe, they dream about it, they fantasize about it.Talking about the relationship between the USA and each country in Europe, the Anglo-American (Amerigo-British?) friendship cum rivalry is the most treacherous. The British envy Americans’ money, troops and technology while across the Atlantic, the Americans desire the Brits’ class, tradition and customs. One dialogue in “The Parents Trap” where younger Lindsay Lohan plays the separated-since-birth twins elucidates the theory. Hallie Parker (the USA twin) asks the never-seen Annie James (the UK twin), ‘You wanna know the “real” difference between us?’ Annie hurriedly retorts, ‘Let me see… I have class and you don’t…’ That’s why Michael Caine can be such a successful con-man.It is exactly Glenne Headly’s acting makes the day and makes the surprising twist at the end. GH is endowed with great thespian flair but strangely she still hasn’t had her day yet. She appears to be a good-natured and innocent-looking rich American heiress who wins the hearts of both the young and the old con-men. Viewers may think, “Oh, poor girl, another victim of the scoundrels.” Later, the two guys find her down-and-out in deep distress because she is cheated by an unknown con-man and helped him with all her money. She even tells her father’s teaching that trying hard to help people is a virtue.Even the seasoned and very experienced Michael Caine is trapped by her perfect scheme and gives her monetary help. The ending is the most unforgettable. “Oh! ‘Diamond cuts diamond’, what a game!” is what MC’s face tells when he meets GH again in their hangout, a French Mediterranean coastal town. Leading a group of her potential victims (tourists), she is dressed in a nice suit, sun-glassed, speaking Aussie English to the two men when they approach her, “Fellas, last year I made three million dollars, but your fifty thousand was the most fun. Are you ready? Then let’s go get ’em.” She crosses her arms with them on each side, with smug, scheming and triumphant smile on each face, they walk towards the innocent herd of sheep.And their tricky game plays on.

  • vitor-souza
    vitor souza

    We saw this movie the day it came out. Later that day we went back and paid to see it again. Michael Caine demonstrating the art of using greasy hair gel, Steve Martin playing an aw shucks novice con man, and Glenne Headley playing them both- this could be nothing, but these performers were definitely having a good day, and they are brilliant.The beautiful Mediterraneans setting legitimizes the story- fantasy- the viewer is placed right in the action, on the train, on the beach, in the mansion and grounds. We are taken along for the ride, but we enjoy an immunity the characters don’t. This special viewpoint I think is why the movie works so well.Final comment: see it, and kiss the ground these actors walk on!

  • lidia-olmedo-coca
    lidia olmedo coca

    I didn’t want to see this film for a long time-now it’s a misery for me. My wife said that I must see it. Right. One day I saw it. And this is one of my favorite movies since then. There are two outstanding actors in an outstanding plot. The atmosphere of the film is engaging: the little French town at the Riviera, wonderful castles, the sunshine and the sea gives a perfect basic to the movie. Two swindlers try to cheat rich women. Two great actors, two different personalities fight for the women’s money-and for your sympathy. Excellent tricks,fantastic lines that you repeat day after day. When I see it, I feel better and better. Don’t miss it if you love funny situations, great acting, perfect plot, Europe, tricky story and unexpected twists in a movie.

  • pierfrancesco-valentini
    pierfrancesco valentini

    This film is so smart, so imaginative and so artfully played that it flew over the radar of the average movie-goer when it first came out. Michael Caine is at his brilliant best as the suave Laurence Jamison and Steve Martin’s ‘Ruprecht’ is a comic masterpiece. As Freddy, he’s the perfect boob — smart enough to con women into giving him small sums of money, too stupid to realize there’s a world going on around him where the stakes are much, much higher. It is also easy to underestimate the work of Glenn Headly, but once you’ve seen the whole movie you realize how her simple choices add up to a very complicated performance indeed. Every time I see this movie I laugh out loud.

  • jessica-loureiro
    jessica loureiro

    This is no classic, but I really enjoyed this movie. I’ve seen too many mediocre “con artist” comedies (i.e., “Two Much”, “Opportunity Knocks”, etc.) and it’s nice to see one that works well. The two leads were great. The dialogue is fabulous. The pace is perfect – it keeps your attention without moving too fast. The script is hilarious. I have no complaints about this movie. Rent it for a lot of laughs.If, however, you don’t like this movie (and I don’t see how that’s possible), you should still stay till the end. The ending is marvelously done, one of the funniest surprise endings since “The Sting” (another fabulous con artist comedy).

  • dustin-smith-dds
    dustin smith dds

    I never get tired watch this funny film. Michael Caine and Steve Martin are good together as cons trying to compete with each other. Glenne Headly plays the woman they compete for a challenge. Wondering who is conning who at the end. I must of watch this film a dozen of times on TV, but it is fresh and funny to see it again.

  • elisabet-mattila
    elisabet mattila

    Sometimes it is hard to say exactly why a movie is funny or not. It always depends on personal preferences. This one just happens to be my personal funniest movie of all time. I love the way the twists and turns spawn off hilariously funny situations. And I think, Michael Caine and Steve Martin were the perfect cast for this type of humour. Though, I could not constantly rewatch it, because some jokes require a bit of a surprise.

  • britt-boe-birkeland
    britt boe birkeland

    This is, if not the best movie ever, one of them! Michael Caine and Steve Martin in the roles as con-men is perfect and Frank Oz’ directing is excellent. If you have not seen this movie yet you are lucky, you got one of the best comedies ever before you! A masterpiece!

  • phileine-dirksen-cammel
    phileine dirksen cammel

    “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is no longer a new film, but it’s not showing its age, which I guess is a sign of a classic. I’ve seen it recently, and was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised!With performances by can’t-fail actors Steve Martin and Michael Caine, the film is zany, with a little toilet humor but mostly doesn’t insult one’s intelligence, and is far better than “All of Me” and just short of “A Fish Called Wanda”, and “Roxanne”, which unlike this film includes some romance.Who should see this film:– Zany comedy film lovers: a must-see. If you’re new toSteve Martin, try Bowfinger first.– Safe as a kids / family filmI’ll give “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” a surprisingly resilient 9 out of 10.

  • aitor-batalla-valbuena
    aitor batalla valbuena

    In 1964 Marlon Brando made the film BEDTIME STORY with David Niven and Shirley Jones, about the battle between two rival con-artists on the Riviera, to determine who was going to be the local king of the racket in running the town. It was a good comedy, but while it demonstrated (as TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON had) that Brando was an accomplished comic when he wanted to be, somehow it was not as good as it could have been. Yet Brando, Niven, and Jones did excellent work in it.The film was remade in 1988 as DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, with the leads played by Steve Martin, Michael Caine, and Glenne Headley. The general feeling is that if the original was a good comedy, the remake was all-around an excellent one.Brando’s “Freddy Benson” ran a small con-game racket pretending to be a soldier trying to get money for his grandmother’s operation in the U.S. Brando would target young American ladies who were traveling on trains on the Italian – French border, and take them for small sums. But he hoped to go after richer game. The richer game were targeted by Niven’s “Lawrence Jamieson”, who got large sums from wealthy women who were willing to finance a counter-revolution in a fictitious country he is exiled king of. Niven, of course, does not want competition. He tries to work with Brando for awhile, but Brando strains at the restraint of his distinctly junior partner position. So they agree to a con-artist test on the first subject that comes along: whoever takes her for $10,000.00 will be the winner. Along comes Jones’ who they think is the heiress to a soap fortune, and they go after her. In the end, she is not an heiress, and Brando and she go back to America as husband and wife. Niven resigns himself to the sad lonely life of the elite on the Riviera.SPOILERS COMING UP The 1988 version changed the characterizations a bit. Niven sees himself as a patron of the arts, because he was not very good in any of them but now has the money to help support people. Caine does too, but his interest is more controlled – more of a hobby really. He is an organized conman and he has set up a first rate system with his valet and the local police chief. Martin’s “Freddie” is far dumber and sloppier than Brando’s. He practices the same con-games, and tries to rise above that nonsense, but he lacks any grace to do so. In fact, he blackmails his way into Caine’s establishment to become a gentleman conman, and is kept only as an idiot. So was Brando, but Brando was intelligent to see he was being wasted. Martin is just demanding.Certain things were improved by the changes. Shirley Jones was a total innocent who was brought into the Caine – Martin rivalry as a dupe. Glenne Headley’s character is more devious, as it turns out, and improves the atmosphere of plot, counter-plot, counter – counter-plot that runs the script. It also enables the conclusion of the story to involve all three principals instead of just one (Caine in place of Niven). And, as it turns out, Headley has as low an opinion of Martin’s intelligence as Caine does, even if they will be working together.

  • tony-turner
    tony turner

    It brings tears to my eyes seeing the resolve of “Freddie” (Steve Martin), the jilted-paralyzed vet, getting whacked on the run by Con Man-buddy “Dr. Schuffhausen” (Michael Caine). You can hear the swooshing of the silky satin suit as the Dr. backs up, antelopes towards Freddie, and positively cracks his shins with the sting of a whip-like stem. The look on Steve Martin’s face as he fights the tears to preserve his character is priceless!

  • miss-melanie-james
    miss melanie james

    Director Frank Oz landed the dream team from comedic heaven when Steve Martin and Michael Caine signed on to star in this hilarious comedy of manners and mannerisms, `Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ a film that manages to be entertaining without being offensive in any way, and features some terrific performances and– filmed on location in the French Riviera– some beautiful cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Made in 1988, this film not only holds up well, but seems so refreshing after a decade of `American Pies’ and other such fare featuring one witless, forgettable `talent’ after another. It’s a reminder that true comedy can have sophistication without necessarily being sophisticated, and that real humor is timeless. This is stuff that was good when it was made, is even better today, and will have you laughing even harder at it twenty, thirty or fifty years from now.Freddy Benson (Martin) is a small time American con man/aspiring gigolo traveling abroad with his sights set on the Riviera, specifically Beaumont Sur Mer, which he understands is easy pickings for a talent such as his. Why, on the train into town alone, he bilks a compassionate young woman out of dinner and twenty dollars, using the old I’m-saving-up-for-my-dear-old-grandmother’s-operation ploy. On that same train, however, observing Freddy’s operation from across the aisle, is Lawrence Jamieson (Caine), a big time con artist/gigolo, who as it happens, lives in Beaumont Sur Mer. And instantly, Jamieson looks upon Freddy with disdain; after all, this is a man who has perfected the art of bilking rich young women for sums that fall into five and six digits by successfully masquerading as a Prince or some such Nobility, who needs vast sums of money in order to `save’ his country from the Communists, an unspecified opposition, or whatever else will work. Furthermore, it’s taken a lot of time and effort to get to where he’s at, and he’s not about to let the unseemly Freddy Benson cut into his act.So with the help of his associate ( a local policeman), Inspector Andre (Anton Rodgers), Jamieson sets out to `discourage’ Freddy from attempting to get a foothold in Beaumont Sur Mer. But Freddy, it turns out, may not be the unwitting amateur Jamieson presumed him to be– Andre has just received word that an elusive con artist has arrived in the area; a professional known only as `The Jackal.’ And so, the game is afoot; a game that will ultimately bring Jamieson and Freddy closer together, and involve them with a wealthy American named Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly), who will become the focus of more than just a little attention before it’s all over. it becomes a contest between the suave Lawrence Jamieson and the unruly Freddy Benson. And the winner? Well, by the end it’s clear who the real winner is here– and without a doubt, it’s the audience.Oz must have had a good time making this movie, because he had all the tools available to him from the best of both worlds. There’s the broad, physical humor employed and perfectly delivered by Martin, and the subtle, studied approach that Caine uses. Their styles contrast wonderfully, and Oz certainly makes the most of it. He’s put together some scenes that are beyond hilarious, like the one in which Lawrence attempts tutoring Freddy in the art of being suave and sophisticated; or when– as part of a scam– Freddy takes on the role of `Ruprecht,’ Lawrence’s incorrigible, moronic brother. It’s in these scenes that Oz seems to give Martin, especially, some free reign, and the rewards are substantial. And it’s definitely a joint effort on the part of the two stars; Martin is funny, but it’s Caine’s response to him that really makes it work. It also demonstrates that Oz knows his territory, and proceeds accordingly.Caine gives a performance that presents Jamieson as the epitome of charm and experience, in the grand tradition of the likes of David Niven and Cary Grant. This is one smooth operator, and the fact that he lives by a personal `code’ that only allows him to bilk the very rich (and only if they `deserve’ it), enables you to like him for who and what he is. He’s not a guy who’s going to let a mark sell the family furniture and car to invest in one of his schemes; call him a con man with scruples. And Caine plays him to perfection.Martin, however, is the one who really gets to cut loose in the role of Freddy, and without question, he does physical comedy better than anyone since Buster Keaton or Chaplin. Martin can get a laugh just by walking into a room. He invests Freddy with a less than retiring manner, and takes it over the top in his guise as Ruprecht, using his entire body as a vehicle through which he expresses this particular bit of lunacy. And seeing him in action is an absolute riot. As he did so successfully in his stand-up days, Martin parlays a facial expression combined with the most erratic movements of his arms and legs into a visual image that can be indescribably funny. He’s one of the select few actor/comedians with a true and innate sense of real comedy, and moreover, he knows how to sell it to his audience.As the seemingly hapless Janet, Headly does a good job, but it’s a role that may have been more conducive to the likes of Melanie Griffith or even Diane Keaton, either of whom would’ve given the character a decidedly different spin.The supporting cast includes Barbara Harris (Fanny), Ian McDiarmid (Arthur) and Dana Ivey (Mrs. Reed). Funny and thoroughly entertaining, `Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ with it’s contrasting comedic styles and polished presentation, is a minor classic in it’s own right. A winner from the Land of Oz, wherein Caine and Martin are the reigning Royalty, this is one comedy that will definitely continue to withstand the test of time. 8/10.

  • irma-nilsson
    irma nilsson

    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.

  • amelia-duarte-almeida
    amelia duarte almeida

    I really don’t watch this movie often enough. The few times I’ve seen it over the years provide superior entertainment, but it’s a film I seem to forget about. That shouldn’t be the case: it’s a terrific movie. I’ve never met anyone who did NOT like this movie. It seems to appeal to a lot of people, young and old. The three leads – Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenn Headley – were all in top form, on top of their “game,” so to speak.Martin’s facial expressions and physical humor are terrific and Caine played his part magnificently, too. I enjoy Caine much more in here than Martin (and in most films) but Steve seems to have the funniest moments in this movie. At any rate, both are superb as antagonists “Lawrence Jamison” (Caine) and “Freddie Benson” (Martin). The two men have the talent to pull off slapstick as well as subtle comedy. Headley, as “Janet Colgate,” meanwhile, is a joy to watch and to listen to, with that sweet voice of hers. I can’t say more about her without giving away too much but she is not only the objection of attention in the movie, but the key character. These three combine for almost a laugh-a-minute.This also is a good example of how to make a modern-day comedy without all the sleaze and profanity. There is some in here, but not much. Why most comedies do not follow this lead is a sad question. It’s still an adult movie about con men, not a film teens and below would enjoy. Frank Oz, who directed other pretty clean-and-funny movies, directed this one.Highly recommended.

  • ola-nyberg
    ola nyberg

    Remake of 1964’s ‘Bedtime Story’ (written by comedy genius Paul Henning) moves right along with Michael Caine and Steve Martin sharing duties as professional opportunists one-upping each other in a conquest contest.It’s a sort of Martin and Lewis pairing, and, although the comedy is derivative, it’s by no means boring or stale, likely due to the talent of the two marvelous leads.Wonderful European landscapes are a bonus.Well worth watching.

  • flavio-cadena
    flavio cadena

    How on earth did this movie get a 6.7 on the ratings scale? Read the comments, this is one of the funniest and most intelligent comedies ever, remake or not. When you can watch a film 20, 30 times and still find it funny 15 years after it was first released how is that not a classic?

  • brian-hale
    brian hale

    Everything clicks in this laugh-out-loud gem. Steve Martin and Michael Caine are in top form as Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jamieson, two con men who agree that this town (on the French Mediterranean coast) ain’t big enough for the both of them. To solve the problem, they agree upon a solution – the first man to swindle $50,000 from a naive young woman gets to stay. The competition brings out the very best of their very worst, with Martin posing as a paraplegic and Caine as a psychiatrist eager to help convince him it’s all in his head. Glenne Headly, as the target of the cons, deserves special mention for her brilliant performance.One of the strongest assets of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is that the story is interesting enough, with its various twists and turns, that it would work great even without being funny. The laughs – and there are many of them – are a sort of gut-hurting bonus. The scene in which Caine tests the nerves in Martin’s legs must rank as one of the most uproarious in film history. This one from director Frank Oz (certainly no slouch in the comedy department) is not to be missed.

  • thomas-phillips
    thomas phillips

    This film made an impression on me before I even saw it. I was in a theater, and a trailer for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” came on. While a voice-over talked about the value of movies promoting morality and civility, you saw Martin and Caine strolling along a beachfront, smiling beneficently as they greet passers-by. Then Caine shoved cotton candy into a kids face while Martin pushed a woman off a ledge.It’s a great sequence, and is featured on the DVD with its own commentary from director Frank Oz (when has that ever happened before?) but a little misleading. Actually, while both men are scoundrels, neither is quite that vile. Caine’s Lawrence Jamieson is actually a bit of an altruist, as we find out, with a code of only taking in people who can afford to be taken, and finding ways of spending the money that are not entirely self-serving. Martin’s Freddy Benson is less disciplined and more small-time in his cons; he’ll steal candy from a baby and tell you it’s for his poor sick Gram-Gram if caught, but he is likeable, too, an underdog with little idea how the game is played at the highest levels, but eager to learn.The fact you can like these characters is a compliment to Martin and Caine, as well as director Oz and the team of writers. Tone is everything with a film like this, and as Oz says in his commentary, so important in making the comedy work. He notes he was going for a 1950s feel in the picture, I’m guessing with Hitchcock’s “To Catch A Thief” in mind. The great score by Miles Goodman is solid enough to deserve its own CD reissue, with an air of light sophistication that buoys the proceedings on screen. Most importantly, since much of the comedy involves people taking advantage of one another, having everything put forward in such a gossamer manner helps you digest the story without leaving a bad taste.Martin shines in many scenes, especially when playing Ruprecht the idiot man-child and when stuck in jail trying to remember the name of the only man he thinks can bail him out (“James Lawrenceton…no, wait, James Jesterton….no, no, it’s definitely, um…”) I knew Martin could be funny, and with the exception of “All Of Me” this is probably his best comedic performance, but Caine is a revelation. A straight man, yes, but with delicate timing and some clever characterizations that he pulls out of a bag, like an Germanic psychiatrist with some unusual ideas about curing lameness. You forget how good Caine is in comedy, despite his performances in films like this, “Blame It On Rio,” and “Without A Clue.” Glenne Headly is a revelation as the woman caught in the middle of Jamieson and Benson’s scheming, every bit as good as her male counterparts, but say no more.Great actors, great tone, but the plot is the best thing this film has. It’s a remake of a 1964 film “Bedtime Story,” which teamed Marlon Brando and David Niven for what should have been a dream team but went flat instead. This time, the script is helped by actors who can not only deliver funny lines but make them funnier, and by an ending (according to Oz in his commentary, one worked out over several long dinner meetings with Martin) that is simply perfect.Finally, Oz needs to be recognized. He was only making his second non-Muppet film here, but the result in my view is one of the best comedies anyone has ever done. He manages to get the best from everyone, including the actors and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (some amazing night shots of the French Rivera waterfront you never tire of looking at), and delivers a rare jewel of a film, a laugh-out-loud comedy that leaves you with a warm feeling inside.Ian McDairmid plays Arthur the butler in this, teaming him with Oz yet again. Almost titled this review “Yoda And Palpatine On The French Riviera;” it’s interesting McDairmid plays the one guy in “Scoundrels” who’s really on the level.

  • apinis-inese
    apinis inese

    What a film! “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” has a really clever plot, in which Lawrence, a high-class playboy (Michael Caine), and Freddy, a petty con man (Steve Martin), make their living by seducing and cheating rich ladies. However, the little French town is too small for both, so they decide to set up a bet in which the loser has to clear the area. Pretty and naive Janet (Glenn Headly) is the object of their contest, and each one of them engages in ever-more ingenious tricks to try to rip her off and win the bet, yet with unpredictable results.The movie is hilarious, and despite its 15 years’ of age, it is as fresh as it has been when it was first produced. Steve Martin of course is the funniest character of all, with his fantastic “Ruprecht” performance being unforgettable. Go ahead and enjoy this film. It is worth it! 9/10.