Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Critics 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.



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Average Rating: 3.4/5

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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).

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Michael Caine
as Lawrence Jamieson
Steve Martin
as Freddy Benson
Glenne Headly
as Janet Colgate
Anton Rodgers
as Insp. Andre
Barbara Harris
as Fanny Eubanks
Dana Ivey
as Mrs. Reed
Meagen Fay
as Lady from Oklahoma
Frances Conroy
as Lady from Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan
as Lady in Dining Car
Aina Walle
as Miss Krista Knudsen
Cheryl Pay
as Lady with Pearls
Rupert Holliday Evans
as English Sailor
Lolly Susi
as Lady in Rolls Royce
Xavier Maly
as Hotel Bellboy
Hepburn Graham
as English Sailor
Andre Penvern
as Waiter on the Train
Louis Zorich
as Greek Millionaire
Georges Gerrard Baffos
as Assistant Hotel Manager
Valerie Beaufils
as Pretty Beach Girl
Jerry Goodman
as Violinist
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (7)

  • The writers, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning, have brightened up their 1964 script in collaboration with Dale Launer with some caustic new gags and a more effective ending; and Frank Oz's direction keeps the comedy zapping along at a fine pace.

    Dec 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story.

    Dec 31, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    May 20, 2003
  • There is a slightly perfunctory air in the way the story unreels as though it's all been done before. Nevertheless, Caine and Martin make a great double act.

    Aug 28, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    George Perry

    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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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
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
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Martin and Caine are an interesting duo for a comedy, and Frank Oz directs. This movie is fun and very funny, I enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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