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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD] [1988] [1989]

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Writers: Dale Launer, Paul Henning, Stanley Shapiro
  • Producers: Bernard Williams, Charles Hirschhorn, Dale Launer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KISR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When small-time con-artist Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) invades the lucrative Riviera turf of old pro Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine), the latter agrees to take him on and tutor him in the methods of fleecing wealthy widows. However, it is not long before Freddy is chafing at the second banana role imposed on him by Lawrence, and when a beautiful American heiress (Glenne Headly) arrives in town, the duelling scamsters agree to a contest; whoever gets their hands on her money first forces the loser to leave town for good...

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On its original release in 1988, the pairing of Steve Martin and Michael Caine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was seen as something of a dream ticket. Viewing the film many years later, that assessment still proves completely accurate: the casting is perfect. American Freddy Benson and Briton Lawrence Jamieson are con men who work the French Riviera--at first as colleagues, later as rivals--praying on rich, gullible women before finally meeting their match. Having spent the decade veering between popular rubbish and low-key quality, for once Caine was able to find a populist vehicle that did justice to his talents. Steve Martin is, well, very Steve Martin but there are few better suited to the visual comedy of his character. The film has an old-fashioned feel (no sex, violence or bad language) and owes much to the earlier period of film humour--it really doesn't take that much imagination to see this as an Ealing comedy. All round, it's a stylish, charming, witty film.

On the DVD: Extras are few, limited to scene selection, subtitles and the very funny trailer. Picture quality is superb, allowing the film's exotic setting to sparkle and there are many scenes of breathtaking beauty. Given that the film is full of fantastic comedy set pieces, the ability to select scenes is a real plus, allowing to the viewer to locate that classic Martin pratfall at the push of a button. --Phil Udell

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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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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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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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Small time American con man Freddy Benson crosses paths with big time British con man Lawrence Jamieson. At first Jamieson agrees to teach Benson what he knows but when they meet an American soap heiress it becomes a competition to see who can con her out of her money first. An old fashioned gem of a comedy, this is one of Steve Martin's best films with an excellent comic performance from Michael Caine. Both are despicable con artists, not a decent bone in their bodies though Jamieson tries to convince he is just after conning rich women while Benson is conning his way across Europe and will con anyone. It all leads to an excellent final twist. An 80's comedy classic.
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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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Fantastic 80's comedy - recently turned into a stage production. I'm not sure how it will translate to stage, but the film is a classic. Michael Caine and Steve Martin play their roles to perfection and the relatively unknown Glenne Headly is equally impressive. A laugh out loud, connivance of a comedy. Worth watching at least.
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