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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 12. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

September 17, 2011

12. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD] (1988)

Plot: Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) is a small-time con man. On his way to Beaumont sur Mer, he meets Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine), also a con man, but on a larger scale. As there is no way two con men can work a town that small at the same time, Lawrence and Freddy agree on a settlement: The first one to extract $50.000 from the young female target Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly) wins, the loser leaves town. The sum is no match for Lawrence, the age of the lady no match for Freddy. May the best con man win!

Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners. (tagline)

Also Starring: Anton RodgersIan McDiarmidDana IveyMeagen FayFrances Conroy
Directed by: Frank Oz
Written by: Dale LaunerStanley ShapiroPaul Henning
Length: 110 min
Budget: N/A
Gross Revenue: $42,039,085 (USA)

My Favorite Movie Quote:
Freddy Benson
: Not mother?

Review: I love everything about this movie; the music, the lead actors, the bit parts, the story, the jokes and the setting.

But my favorite part of it all is the scene where Michael Caine is going to do some tests to see if Steve Martin’s legs are working.

That scene is at the top of my all time funniest scenes list alongside Jeff Daniels on the toilet in Dumb and Dumber, Ben Stiller and his zipper accident in There’s Something About Mary, and the entire Eddie Murphy RAW.

Why haven’t there been a Steve Martin/Michael Caine collab since this masterpiece? Did they clash?

If you haven’t read it yet, here’s Janne the Director’s Top Ten Steve Martin movies. In my opinion he must have been drunk when he wrote it (which he often is) since this movie didn’t place high enough. But to each his own, I guess.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: This film is actually a remake of the comedy Bedtime Story, and the idea to make it originated as a project for Mick Jagger and David Bowie, after the success of their popular “Dancing in the Street” video in 1985. Studio bosses were anxious to put them in a movie together.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 13. Groundhog Day (1993)


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