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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

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Do you know what it feels like to take a woman for twenty bucks? How two con artists get out-conned. Fun and larks with Messrs Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) and Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) on the French Riviera – quite a departure for those of us being pelted with sleet and snow in the dog days of Spring. This remake of Bedtime Story (1964) which was written by Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning is way cheaper than a ticket to Nice! Caine is the super-debonair Brit training up rube Martin and they both fall for American Queen of Soap Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly) and challenge each other to win this mark (loser must leave the luxury resort) and then try to rid themselves of the slew of wealthy widows they’ve romanced all around town. There are some fantastic, bloodcurdlingly excruciating dinner scenes with Martin faking autism and Caine has a great time as a German psychiatrist. It’s a great show with the added frisson of seeing Emperor Palpatine (Ian MacDiarmid) as Caine’s butler.  Directed by Frank Oz.

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