Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

1988

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Critics 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).

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 (37) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (4)

  • 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.

    Dec 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story.

    Dec 31, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • There's little enough to keep you occupied as Caine and Martin go through their comic set pieces in workaday fashion while the film moves mechanically from one contrived situation to the next.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Their comic methods are different, but from their first unequal encounter until the very last in a series of twist endings, Mr. Caine and Mr. Martin work together with an exuberant ease that's a joy to watch.

    May 20, 2003
  • There is a slightly perfunctory air in the way the story unreels as though it's all been done before. Nevertheless, Caine and Martin make a great double act.

    Aug 28, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    George Perry

    BBC.com
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  • Martin, the most eloquent of physical clowns -- the Baryshnikov of comedy -- is at his most inspired here. He parodies feelings, attitudes, states of mind that one would think were exempt from it, and his caricature of dapper suavity is killingly precise.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Nov 24, 2014
    I've never been able to shake the feeling that, given the talent involved, the film should be a lot better than it is. However it does have it's moments (Ruprecht is an inspired comic creation) and Caine and Martin make a great duo.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2014
    Steve Martin and Michael Caine are Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in this hilarious Frank Oz comedy. When confidence man Freddy Benson moves in on another con man's territory the two have a competition to see which of them can con $50,000 from an American heiress first. The con jobs are outrageously funny and full of twists as the two con man try to outdo each other. Martin and Caine are hysterical together, and give outstanding performances. And, Frank Oz's directing does an impressive job at enhancing the comedy so that the jokes hit just right. An incredibly fun and entertaining film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels delivers non-stop laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2014
    I probably shouldn't have taken so long to see this film. Caine and Martin are at their absolute finest and the comedy is first class. Worth a review even if you saw it "in the day"
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2012
    This movie is a lot of fun in spite of some contrivances with the plot. But it's never offensively stupid in any way whatsoever and the cast is excellent, particularly Michael Caine. Steve Martin is also good, but Mr. Caine is the real star. One of the problems of the movie is that the first half of it isn't that funny. It all, thankfully, picks up in the second half with some very funny moments. Overall a fun movie, it's not the best comedy out there but it will keep you entertained.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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