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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

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Critic Consensus: A buoyant, clever update of the conman flick Bedtime Story, with plenty of comedic jousting resulting from a winning chemistry between Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a remake of the 1964 film farce Bedtime Story. Steve Martin and Michael Caine take over the roles originally played by Marlon Brando and David Niven: two international con artists, plying their trade on gullible wealthy women up and down the Riviera. Martin and Caine vie over the honor of fleecing ingenuous heiress Glenne Headly (in a role originated by Shirley Jones).

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Cast

Michael Caine
as Lawrence Jamieson
Steve Martin
as Freddy Benson
Glenne Headly
as Janet Colgate
Anton Rodgers
as Insp. Andre
Barbara Harris
as Fanny Eubanks
Dana Ivey
as Mrs. Reed
Meagen Fay
as Lady from Oklahoma
Frances Conroy
as Lady from Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan
as Lady in Dining Car
Aina Walle
as Miss Krista Knudsen
Cheryl Pay
as Lady with Pearls
Rupert Holliday Evans
as English Sailor
Lolly Susi
as Lady in Rolls Royce
Xavier Maly
as Hotel Bellboy
Hepburn Graham
as English Sailor
Andre Penvern
as Waiter on the Train
Louis Zorich
as Greek Millionaire
Georges Gerrard Baffos
as Assistant Hotel Manager
Valerie Beaufils
as Pretty Beach Girl
Jerry Goodman
as Violinist
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (11)

Steve Martin does his shtick to perfection and Michael Caine unveils some adroit comic timing in this charming but mediocre comedy.

March 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Blithe, reasonably witty, with as many story twists as a Riviera roadway, its greatest assets are its glorious look (courtesy of Michael Ballhaus' exceptional camera work) and Michael Caine, his hair full of Dippety-Doo, his heart full of larceny.

March 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels isn't quite clever enough to justify the full 110-minute running length. There's a point at which it starts to feel like it has overstayed its welcome.

March 13, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The various twists seem needlessly spun out and implausible, although Martin is allowed to show off his brand of very physical comedy to some advantage, and Miles Goodman contributes a pleasant score.

March 13, 2021 | Full Review…

The writers, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning, have brightened up their 1964 script in collaboration with Dale Launer with some caustic new gags and a more effective ending; and Frank Oz's direction keeps the comedy zapping along at a fine pace.

December 31, 2017 | Full Review…

A wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story.

December 31, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The life (and livelihood) of a well established continental con artist (Michael Caine) on the Riviera is disrupted when clumsy competition appears in the person of unkempt small-timer (Steve Martin) in Frank Oz' light comedy that's worth more than simply a smile. Martin's "Rupert" character is particularly pleasing. Glenne Headly also charms.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Michael and Steve are hilarious as con men trying to out do each other, but they meet their match in the jackel. Very funny and interesting plots.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Steve Martin and Michael Caine make quite the comedic pair, in this delightfully entertaining 80's gem, about two rivalring con artists - one the street hustler type and the other of a more sophisticated school - who upon realising that their "hunting ground" isn't big enough for the both of them, agrees on a settlement: The first one to extract $50.000 from a young female target wins, while the other has to leave town. And what a location at that! The picturesque French riviera, in which the story runs its course, is a showcase of true beauty; sometimes stunning the eyes so much that you get lost in the divine settings. It makes you wanna buy yourself a house there some day, and just sit on the terrace and take in the ocean air. And if that's not enough to get you to watch it, the two virtuosic leads certainly will. Funnyman Steve Martin is in his absolute prime, with a very vibrant performance that is nothing short of hilarious. And Michael Caine, while perhaps not as funny, infuses every moment on screen with charm, suavity and his wonderful British wit. A must-see if you're a fan of either and a gold-encrusted humor show, that is abundantly rich in laughs, glamour and alluring visuals. So whatever you do, don't let it slip under your radar like it almost did for me. Because this movie is simply too good to be missed!

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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