Comedy Cinema – This Week- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Welcome to the sister article to Comedy Clicks! Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best comedy films that the world of cinema can offer! Today we will be looking at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

About the Film

Summary of Plot

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of fifty thousand dollars first..

– iMDB

Year Of Release


Running Time

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Frank Oz

Box Office Opening Weekend




Steve Martin – Freddy Benson
Michael Caine – Lawrence Jamieson
Gleanne Headly – Janet Colgate
Anton Rodgers – Inspector Andre
Barbara Harris – Fanny Eubanks
Iam McDiarmid – Arthur
Dana Ivery – Mrs Reed

Song From the OST


  • According to the DVD commentary, when Freddy is in jail, trying to remember Lawrence’s name, the entire scene was improvised by Steve Martin. 
  • According to Sir Michael Caine’s autobiography, the tall, straight-black-haired girl dancing next to him in the disco scene is his real-life daughter Natasha.
  • This movie is ranked at the number eighty-five spot on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies” list.
  • Eddie Murphy passed on the role of Freddy Benson.
  • The moment when Freddy’s hand has been glued to the wall all night by the sailors was Steve Martin’s idea.
  • The private jet that sends off Freddy is called “The president’s special”.
  • The crystal stemware used in the scene where Sir Michael Caine is teaching Steve Martin how to act debonair, is called Massena, and is made by Baccarat.

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