One's got a sophisticated, suave and debonair con act. The other's got...well, an act. Together, Steve Martin and Michael Caine are Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and they're absolutely ruining the Riviera in this "hilarious bat... more »tle of wits and double-crosses" (Boxoffice) that "couldn't be more delightful" (The Wall Street Journal)! Martin is Freddy Benson, a smalltime conman sleazing his way through Europe on whatever handouts he can scam. Caine is Lawrence Jamieson, an impeccably dressed and high-minded artiste who thinks Freddy is giving himand all con mena bad name. At first, Lawrence agrees to help Freddy spruce up his talents and his wardrobe. But when it becomes apparent that the Riviera isn't big enough for the both of them, they make awinner-take-all wager over the fortunes of a naive American soap heiress (Glenne Headly): the firstone to "clean her out" can make the other clear outand keep the Riviera and its unsuspecting tourists to himself!« less
Jerry A. from FREDERICK, MD Reviewed on 2/8/2013...
A classic Steve Martin along with a surprisingly funny Michael Caine makes this movie a side-splitting howler. My teenager fell off of the couch laughing.
Sarah J. from INVERNESS, FL Reviewed on 12/17/2011...
Very fast delivery and perfect DVD. So sorry to be late responding I was in the hospital unexpectedly. Thank you!
Tayfun S. from ASTON, PA Reviewed on 10/24/2009...
Its one of the best comedies i ever watched, I simply love this movie and the cast.
Verify which DVD edition you are buying!
E. Knowles | The Amazon | 02/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS is a great comedy. Martin & Caine have terrific on-screen chemistry and their performances in this film can still reduce me to a squalking, teary-eyed viewer. Terrific pacing keeps this movie buoyant at all times, even as the movie approaches its 20th anniversary.There are two DVD editions. The first was from Orion/Image. It was a "no-frills" release, containing the movie only. Mercifully, that version is out of print although I have seen some unscrupulous sellers hyping that fact as a selling point. Don't be fooled.Get the current edition on MGM DVD. Watch out for similar cover artwork. The current MGM offering has Martin & Caine standing in front of palm trees. (The no-frills disc has them standing in front of a bunch of beach umbrellas.)With the current edition, you will enjoy an anamorphic widescreen transfer (better image quality than standard letterboxing). They are also including the original teaser trailer which brilliantly set up one's expectations without revealing ANY of the actual movie. Frank Oz (director) provides an interesting scene-by-scene audio commentary.Enjoy!"
Priceless Match of Wits
Laura De Giorgio | Canada | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The script is flawless and the roles played exquisitely by Michael Caine, Steve Martin and Glenne Headly.
Fred Benson (Steve Martin) has developed some expertise in swindling the small game - getting women basically to pay him a dinner. He is loud, uncultured and proud of his achievement. He has even managed to get publicity for his misdeeds in newspapers.
He realizes that he has much to learn when he steps on the territory, French Riviera, of Laurence Jamieson (Michael Caine), suave, cultured, classy European, who is elegantly getting the better of the big game.
In order to prevent Fred from scarying away his prey, Laurence devises a bet, a match of wits, between the two of them. The one who wins it gets to stay, the one who loses must leave. The bet consists of extracting $50,000 from unsuspecting victim - which they both choose and agree upon.
Now the priceless and hillarious match of wits begins, each one trying to outdo another and each one alternatively getting one step ahead, until the hunters realize that they have been hunted themselves all along by someone with even greater wits. "
HILAROUS SCHTICK AGAINST A LUSH RIVIERA BACKDROP
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 05/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" has panache, slapstick, clever con hijinks, some gorgeous scenery of the beautiful French oceanside, a wacky Steve Martin peeing in his pants at the dinner table, and a debonair Michael Caine changing his impersonations as often as his hat. Plus, a great ending. MGM has done a fairly surprising job with the feature-rich DVD. Apart from a couple of standard theatrical trailers, it has a complete altenative track from Frank Oz (director) which is quite funny overall. Next up is a six and a half minute "behind the scenes" featurette including interviews with director Frank Oz, Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, and the writer. In short, MGM has done a pretty decent job with this DVD. Recommended purchase."
Two guys at their best
sillyrabbit | 02/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Caine and Steve Martin have always been great performers, but in this film, they are at their best. Caine is incredibly smooth and sauve and it plays well off of Martin's crude behavior as a boorish American con artist. The plot of a scam involving the two men against each other to see who will leave the country is quite possibly the only thing that truly gets in the way of these two great stars, but they overcome any holes and move very well with their dialog and comedy. A stand-out moment involves Martin as Ruprecht, a challenged younger brother to Caine, and a cork on a fork. This sequence is quite possibly one of the funniest scenes filmed in the 1980's besides the entire Ghostbuster film. The jokes are great and the physical comedy of Martin steals the show at times, but Caine swiftly holds his own with his charismatic performance. It is very clear why Caine is still a star and why Steve Martin is still possibly the funniest man working. These two men are at their prime in this delightful film that has quite a lot of plot twists and unexpected revelations. If you like clashing personalities with your comedy, this is a great film to watch."