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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD]  
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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...
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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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.
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.
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!Read more ›
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
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This is one of the best, funniest films you will ever find. Gut laughs from start to finish.
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Love this film and these two are absolutely brilliant in it, never get tired of watching it.Published 1 month ago by karon wheatley
An absolute classic, everyone remembers the dinner table scene, but it's the chemistry between Caine and Martin that steals the show. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr Neil J Tostevin