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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Orion 1988, Steve Martin, Michael Caine)

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This remake of the 1964 comedy ‘Bedtime Story’ features the coupling of Michael Caine and Steve Martin as two rival con men, the former suave and British and the other crude and American, seeking to out-scam each other on the French Riviera. On a bet, they both target a naive soap queen (Glenne Headley) to see who can bilk her first, with hilarious and poetically just results. Caine was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical.

Before becoming one of Hollywood’s foremost cinematographers in the 1980s, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Director of Photography Michael Ballhaus was the photographer of choice for the brilliant German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a key figure in the New German Cinema that arose in the 1970s.

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cast
Steve Martin as Freddy Benson
Michael Caine as Lawrence Jamieson
Glenne Headly as Janet Colgate
Anton Rodgers as Inspector Andre
Barbara Harris as Fanny Eubanks
Ian McDiarmid as Arthur
Dana Ivey as Mrs. Reed
Meagen Fay as la femme d’Oklahoma
Georges Gerrard Baffos as l’assistant manager de l’hotel
Cheryl Pay as la femme avec les perles
Frances Conroy as la femme de Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan as la femme du train
Lolly Susi as la femme en Rolls Royce
Valerie Beaufils as la jolie fille de la plage
Xavier Maly as le garçon d’étage de l’hôtel
Louis Zorich as le millionaire grec
André Penvern as le serveur du train
Hepburn Graham as les marins anglais
Rupert Holliday-Evans as les marins anglais
Nathalie Auffret as Marion
Aïna Walle as Miss Krista Knudsen

crew
Director: Frank Oz
Producer: Bernard Williams
Director of Photography: Michael Ballhaus
Editors: Stephen A. Rotter, William Scharf
Music: Miles Goodman
Script: Paul Henning, Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro
Art Direction: Damien Lanfranchi, Steve Spence

USA – UK / Orion Pictures / 110 minutes / 1988

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