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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant twist for an ending
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...
Published on 23 Dec 2007 by Jay

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is set on the beautiful French Riviera following the life of cunning con-man Michael Caine. His life couldnt be better, a big house, a booming buisness and steady income. All that is ruined when amature Steve Martin comes along and threatens to steal his buisness. In order to keep a close eye on him, Caine takes him under his wing, but when Marting...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant twist for an ending, 23 Dec 2007
This review is from: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD] [1988] [1989] (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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can tell they had fun making this film!, 21 Aug 2003
This review is from: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD] [1988] [1989] (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy - fantastic HD transfer, 7 Dec 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb !, 16 Aug 2010
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You can't ignore the large number of reviewers here who have given this film the maximum score !. A very ejoyable film from start to finish. The plot, characters and the developing story is superb. A film you will want to watch several times a year just to remind yourself !. I read recently that Michael Caine rates this film in his personal top 10 that he made, I can certainly believe it ! - he relishes playing the character.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever., 2 Sep 2009
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Great easy to watch film with good performances from Steve Martin (despite being American) and Michael Caine (good as ever) Funny in places, clever in others. Good twist too. Bought as enjoyed it years ago, and still do
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite films, 9 Sep 2010
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This has to be one of my all time favourite films. The unlikely coming together of two of the finest actors works brilliantly in this excellent comedy. Steve Martin is hilarious as usual and Michael Cane plays an excellent role with his true dapper style. I recommend this film to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected plot in lovely Riviera settings, 2 Dec 2013
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I loved the first 'simple' plot turnig out to be much more elaborated than expected. I personnally loved the touroistic settings of the story, entirely shot in Nice and surroundings nad it's majestic villa's. It took me back to my last summer in Nice. Lovely memories...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you ever have a single thought that originates from above the waist?, 8 Jun 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD] [1988] [1989] (DVD)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is directed by Frank Oz and written by Dan Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning. It stars Michael Caine, Steve Martin, Glenne Headly and Anton Rogers. Music is by Miles Goodman and cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.

Two con-men from different ends of the spectrum, prey on women's good nature to fund their lifestyles. Both operating out of the same Mediterranean town, they agree that the town simply isn't big enough for the both of them. They strike a bet where the first one to get fifty thousand out of the chosen female target, gets to stay in town while the other has to leave.

A loose remake of Bedtime Story (1964) that starred David Niven and Marlon Brando, Frank Oz's picture is deliciously amoral, sly, clever and very funny. Boosted by the casting of Caine (oily slick) and Martin (live wire bottom feeder), who are both having a wonderful time of it, the film unfolds in a whirl of bluffs, chaos conning and oneupmanship. The story is slight for sure, but as the comedy set-pieces come and go, the ribs are tickled and the surprises that the makers have in store for us late in the day, are truly inspired. The French Mediterranean makes for a visually pleasing backdrop, while Goodman's score is consistently upbeat and perfect for such mirthful shenanigans.

They are dirty, they are rotten and they are definitely scoundrels, but once your belly has subsided form the laughter, you may find yourself wondering just how the makers got you to cheer on such shifty characters?! The answer? Inspired casting and smooth construction of plotting by the director. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a real joy. 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grifters for silly people, 10 May 2013
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Michael Caine's best film, bar none. He is superb as the snooty conman, engaged in a wager with a sublime Steve Martin to see who can con most money out of an American heiress on the French Riviera. Funny from the opening scenes until the closing ones, with many many classic moments in between. Slapstick tempered by brilliant wit and fabulous acting. Similar to Some Like it Hot in its quality and comic styling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, 24 Mar 2013
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This DVD is hilarious - highly recommended if you just want to have a laugh, and the backdrops are beautiful too
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