Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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7.41 h 50 min1988X-RayPG
HD. Thriving con men Steve Martin and Michael Caine wage a bet to continue swindling a French Riviera town in this comedy.
Directors
Frank Oz
Starring
Steve MartinMichael CaineGlenne Headly
Genres
ComedyActionSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Anton RogersBarbara Harris
Producers
Charles HirschhornDale Launer
Studio
MGM STUDIOS INC
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

4317 global ratings

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Obi WanReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pardon me. May I go to the bathroom?
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This is one of Steve Martin's all time best films

It's just fun from start to finish.

It's a wildly entertaining story. It's hilariously fun. It's got a fun twist. It's one of the all time best comedies every made.

It also proves how powerful Batman really is. How, you ask? Batman's butler is Michael Caine. In Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Michael Caine's butler is Ian McDiarmid, who is Emperor Palpatine, the darkest Lord of the Sith and ruler of the Galactic Empire. So the ruler of an entire galaxy is Batman's butler's butler.
57 people found this helpful
J. BandyReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very entertaining movie---worth watching
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I hadn't seen this movie before. However, after watched it, I can honestly report it is one of those few that is simply entertaining. There were no car chases, no foul language, no violence (well, maybe one little scene--but the "violence" was playful and quite humorous). On the other hand, the basic plot was fun and with many humorous twists. And certainly, the best twist of all was the final one---watch it and see for yourself.

Unfortunately, they don't make many movies like this!

As for the acting, Michael Caine was excellent (as always), but not being a Steve Martin fan, I thought his performance was spotty. However, there were some not-so-funny spots in his performance but those tended to either be carried by Michael Caine or the plot.
Bottom line---an enjoyable, entertaining movie, and one of the few I've thoroughly enjoyed watching recently.
44 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
2 conmen compete to see who will stay & who will go in this enjoyable comedy
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Two conmen played by Michael Caine and Steve Martin randomly meet on a train. Caine portrays himself as European royalty while Martin is the innocent American. They decide the French town they are in isn’t big enough for both of them so they enter into a competition to see who will stay and who will go.

What works about the movie is that the two main characters are always scheming. For instance Martin plays an idiot in a number of schemes and it seems so stupid and unbelievable, but it turns out it was just another play by Caine to outsmart him.

When they start their competition the movie gets better as well with some real comedic moments. Martin for instance plays a crippled U.S. soldier in a wheelchair while Caine is his doctor. Caine repeatedly whips Martin on the legs to see the extent of his paralysis. Martin looks so funny holding back the tears as Caine hits him again and again.

There’s a great twist at the end as well.
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Lisa M.Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Could Not Be Funnier
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Steve Martin, Michael Caine and the late great Glenn Headly at their best! I have literally seen this movie at least a dozen times, probably more. If you like any of these three actors even remotely and enjoy a highly entertaining laugh out loud movie, do yourself a favor and watch this! Classic humor on all levels, and yes, a hilarious twist at the end, which never fails to entertain. If you have a sense of humor, you’ll love this movie.
20 people found this helpful
Goth Gone GreyReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not So Dirty, Rotten Movie
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There are great con movies.

There are wonderful comedy movies.

And Steve Martin? Michael Caine? Yes, they also have fantastic comedy moments. (Secondhand Lions? King Tut? Yes.)

Unfortunately, this achieves none of the above in my household.

I started watching it thinking it was a classic comedy that I'd been missing out on, and wanted to correct this egregious lapse in my movie repertoire.

It, um, wasn't funny. I kept hoping, and then? It happened!

Mega spoiler, kiddos, and the main reason for my discontent with this one.

The entire premise of the long con here was based on stolen valor, or a faux veteran. Not cool. Not cool then, and even less cool now.

I stopped watching at about 50% and went to Wikipedia to see what I missed... Which was a not-really-a-surprise twist. Glad I didn't continue watching and waste my time.
2 people found this helpful
The Tally HoReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Review without Spoilers - Pros & Cons
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 U.S. comedy film, directed by Frank Oz starring Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly. Here are the pros & cons as I see it:
Pros:
1. A fairly interesting and original script.
2. Michael Caine acts his part great and is funny.
3. I almost did not watch this film, unless a friend who's taste I trust had recommended it as funny, as I have never liked or thought Steve Martin was funny in anything. This film proved different though, as he did a great job with the part of Ruprecht especially, and was actually funny for a change.
Cons:
1. I really don't have any other than it reminds me of how many con-artist there are in this world.
6 people found this helpful
JAS in AZReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A+ 80's Comedy With Panache, Laughs and Lots of Twists
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Wickedly funny performances from Michael Caine, Steve Martin and Glenn Headley make this 80's comedy timeless. Caine's continental con-man gives Martin's grifter a master class in sophistication, culture, European manners and running a big con. You will not regret watching 'Ruprecht' hammering his pots and pans while yelling "Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma"- one of this film's many highlights. Glenn Headley is the love interest with a heart of gold- don't miss it!
21 people found this helpful
Jon BReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a great movie
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a great movie. I hadn't seen it since it first came out, but decided to show it to my teenagers and they loved it! They've since watched it again several times with friends, and it always gets a positive reception.

The Blu-ray quality is excellent. Audio and video is as good as could be expected for a film from the late 80's, and the french locations look fantastic.

Interestingly, this movie is a remake of the film 1964 film "Bedtime Story", which starred David Niven in the Michael Caine role and Marlon Brando (?!) in the Steve Martin role. If you're a fan of DRS, I highly recommend checking out "Bedtime Story" if you can find it; some of the scenes are exactly the same, but several major plot points are very different.
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