Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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).

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Henning, Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro
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On DVD: Dec 17, 1997
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5)

A wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story.

Full Review… | December 31, 2008
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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The chemistry between Martin and Caine is fun, and Headly provides a resilient foil as a woman who looks like a pushover but somehow never seems to topple.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Martin and Caine scam women. Not for young kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The life (and livelihood) of a well established continental con artist (Michael Caine) on the Riviera is disrupted when clumsy competition appears in the person of unkempt small-timer (Steve Martin) in Frank Oz' light comedy that's worth more than simply a smile. Martin's "Rupert" character is particularly pleasing. Glenne Headly also charms.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Michael and Steve are hilarious as con men trying to out do each other, but they meet their match in the jackel. Very funny and interesting plots.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Steve Martin and Michael Caine make quite the comedic pair, in this delightfully entertaining 80's gem, about two rivalring con artists - one the street hustler type and the other of a more sophisticated school - who upon realising that their "hunting ground" isn't big enough for the both of them, agrees on a settlement: The first one to extract $50.000 from a young female target wins, while the other has to leave town. And what a location at that! The picturesque French riviera, in which the story runs its course, is a showcase of true beauty; sometimes stunning the eyes so much that you get lost in the divine settings. It makes you wanna buy yourself a house there some day, and just sit on the terrace and take in the ocean air. And if that's not enough to get you to watch it, the two virtuosic leads certainly will. Funnyman Steve Martin is in his absolute prime, with a very vibrant performance that is nothing short of hilarious. And Michael Caine, while perhaps not as funny, infuses every moment on screen with charm, suavity and his wonderful British wit. A must-see if you're a fan of either and a gold-encrusted humor show, that is abundantly rich in laughs, glamour and alluring visuals. So whatever you do, don't let it slip under your radar like it almost did for me. Because this movie is simply too good to be missed!

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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