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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, Ian McDiarmid
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec. 2013
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DDRP8SG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,961 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steve Martin and Michael Caine are dirty rotten scoundrels, and they’re absolutely ruining the Riviera in this “wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming, classy and consistently amusing”(Variety) comedy. Martin is Freddy Benson, a small-time con man sleazing his way through Europe on whatever handouts he can scam. Caine is Lawrence Jamieson, an impeccably dressed and highminded artiste who thinks Freddy is giving him--and all con men--a bad name. At first, Lawrence agrees to help Freddy spruce up his talents and his wardrobe. But when it becomes apparent that the Riviera isn’t big enough for the both of them, they make a winner-take-all wager over the fortunes of a naive American soap heiress (Glenne Headly). Charged with hysterical performances, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a “hilarious battle of wits and double-crosses” (Boxoffice) that “couldn’t be more delightful” (The Wall Street Journal).

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Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) is a crass, loud American. Laurence Jameson (Michael Caine) is a suave, urbane European. Their common ground is that they both are confidence men, and they meet in a train compartment as Benson is scamming his way across Europe, taking advantage of women's generosity. The two are forced into a rivalry, which culminates in a wager to see who can be the first to bilk $50,000 out of American heiress Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly). Their game of one-upmanship is, of course, brought to ridiculous heights as things progress. Written by Paul Henning (the mind behind such TV shows as Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an uneven but funny mix of Martin's physical comedy and Caine's oily charms. Martin's first role as cohort is to assume the persona of Ruprecht, the "special" younger brother intended to scare off potential brides. As Ruprecht, he comes off as a down-home version of Jerry Lewis; hilarious as it is, it doesn't quite fit with the rest of the film. Once the wager is on, though, Martin slips into his overly earnest mode as an American military man suffering from hysterical paralysis, with Caine as a psychologist who takes on his case. All in all, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (a loose remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story with David Niven and Marlon Brando) is a droll, intelligent comedy, short on knee slappers but long on comic situations and characterisations. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 23 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "t0mmy99" on 21 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
One of the funniest films I have seen and one that I don't mind watching over and over. The script is great, acting and timing superb (especially by Michael Caine) and on site location just adds to the happy ambience of the film. You can tell they must have loved making this film, and that enjoyment is infectious.
What is also particularly interesting about this film is the juxtaposition of American and British humour. You find yourself laughing at both, its something we don't see enough of these days. Hopefully you'll see what I mean. If you have never seen this film, buy it, crack open a bottle of wine/ perefered beverage, take the phone off the hook and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 19 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988) is a 4-star slapstick comedy starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, and directed by Frank Oz. This is a crime-caper, if you will, about two men who are con artists intent on preying on vulnerable and lonely rich women.

Caine is suave and debonair, a scam artist named Lawrence Jamieson, who works out of the French Riviera. Martin is Freddy Benson, an uncouth, loud, and suspiciously charming American who evidently works wherever he feels comfortable - which is just about anywhere!

The plot is fairly predictable with some surprises, but this one is a gem because of the performances by Caine and Martin. Watching them compete to bilk the next wealthy heiress is side-splitting at times. And a subplot of Martin playing Caine's younger brother, Ruprecht, is totally off the wall. Ruprecht, who lives in solitary confinement, bangs pots with a spoon, wears an eye patch, and "soils" himself at the dinner table.

Also unforgettable is when Martin, sitting in a wheelchair, claims to have no feeling in his legs. Caine then proceeds to prove the point, playing a doctor who tests the patient's paralysis to the limit. It's all old-fashioned frivolity - no offensive language, no sex, no nudity and what really makes it special is the ease and enjoyment with which Caine and Martin interact. Just good, clean fun all around!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I've a vivid memory of first watching "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on DVD about 20 years ago. My wife Mary Anne was 8 months pregnant with our daughter Julia at the time - and there's a scene where Michael Caine (as bogus Austrian Psychiatrist Dr. Emil Schauffhausyn) starts whacking the bare legs of a supposedly immobile Steve Martin with a bamboo cane from a nearby flower display (they're both working a con). "Zer is no pain?" Caine gleefully enquires in a slightly Nazi voice as Steve Martin grimaces - trying to look dead from the waist down. My missus was screaming with laughter so loud - I thought she was actually going to drop the sprog on the living room couch as we watched. That sort of thing stays with you...

Like "Heartbreakers" (a woman's caper movie with Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt), "Midnight Run" (with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin) or "The Birdcage" (with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane) - "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is viewed with huge affection in our house and I would contend is a bit of a comedic jewel. And now at last in 2013 its finally on BLU RAY - looking suited and booted and worthy of your Spondulicks.

Michael Caine plays Englishman Lawrence Jamieson - a world-class confidence man and charmer of the opposite sex living in villa luxury in Beaumont-Sur-Mer in the South of France. Lawrence drives around in an open-top Rolls Royce working rich socialites with a perfectly honed Royal Prince routine - giving them spiel about 'freedom-fighter subjects' who need cash as he strikes a Regal pose (hand in jacket) under the moonlight. "You've already risked too much in just talking to me...damn you're attractive!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fleece on 7 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Always been a fan of this movie since it first came out.
Owned the DVD for 11 years and was keen to upgrade.

The plot is basically Steve Martin is a small time con artist
and he meets Michael Caine who is a big time con artist.
There then begins a battle of one-upmanship.

The picture quality on the Blu-Ray is fantastic.
Well worth getting. Considering the movie is set on the
French Riviera, the HD transfer shows the colours nicely.

One of the better movie transfers and can recommend the
upgrade.
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