Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Frank Oz (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This proficient remake of the old David Niven/Marlon Brando screwball comedy Bedtime Story attempts to cruise by on star power alone. Michael Caine plays the veteran conman making a comfortable living on the Riviera, who takes brash American Steve Martin under his wing. However, the pair fall out when they compete to take rich heiress Glenne Headly to the cleaners. Caine more than holds his own against the manic Martin, and, if the script offers few surprises, the south of France looks great and director Frank Oz ensures the action slips along smoothly. The result is harmless, knockabout fun.


A professional conman makes a career of seducing and swindling wealthy women on the French Riviera. However, his idyllic lifestyle is threatened by the arrival of a brash American trickster eager for a piece of the action. The pair make a wager - if one manages to trick a glamorous heiress out of her fortune, the other will agree to leave town. Comedy, with Michael Caine, Steve Martin, Glenne Headly and Ian McDiarmid.

Cast & Crew

Lawrence Jamieson Michael Caine
Freddy Benson Steve Martin
Janet Colgate Glenne Headly
Inspector André Anton Rodgers
Fanny Eubanks Barbara Harris
Arthur Ian McDiarmid
Mrs Reed Dana Ivey
Krista Knudsen Aina Wallé
Lady from Oklahoma Meagen Fay
Lady from Palm Beach Frances Conroy
Lady in dining car Nicole Calfan
Lady with pearls Cheryl Pay
Marion Nathalie Auffret
Lady in Rolls Royce Lolly Susi
English sailor Rupert Holliday Evans
English sailor Hepburn Graham
Hotel bellboy Xavier Maly
Waiter on train André Panvern
Greek millionaire Louis Zorich
Assistant hotel manager Georges Gerrard Baffos
Pretty beach girl Valerie Beaufils
Director Frank Oz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: May be edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray