The Distinguished Gentleman


The Distinguished Gentleman

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A smooth-talking confidence trickster makes his way into congress (where the cynical would suggest he'd have plenty of company) in this comedy. Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) is a con man from Florida who gets the bright idea that a scam artist could make a tidy sum if he was able to get inside the political arena. When a Florida congressman named Jeff Johnson dies and a special election is held to replace him, Thomas puts his name on the ballot as "Jeff Johnson," and enough confused voters check the ballot for him that he wins the race and is on his way to Washington D.C. Johnson soon finds a mentor in Dick Dodge (Lane Smith), chairman of the Power and Industry Committee, who shows Johnson the ropes on raking in PAC money while the late Mr. Johnson's aide, Reinhardt (Grant Shaud), gives him the inside scoop on how things work in Washington. Johnson's plans are going just as he hoped until he meets Celia Kirby (Victoria Rowell), a volunteer lobbyist and political activist whose uncle is a noted religious leader, The Rev. Elijah Hawkins (Charles S. Dutton). Johnson quickly becomes smitten with Celia, but it's obvious that she's not buying his act, and if he wants to win her heart, he'll have to stop fooling people into thinking he's honest and actually be honest. Joe Don Baker and Sheryl Lee Ralph also co-star.


Eddie Murphy
as Thomas Jefferson Johnson
Lane Smith
as Dick Dodge
Sheryl Lee Ralph
as Miss Loretta
Joe Don Baker
as Olaf Andersen
Victoria Rowell
as Celia Kirby
Grant Shaud
as Arthur Reinhardt
Kevin McCarthy
as Terry Corrigan
Charles S. Dutton
as Elijah Hawkins
Noble Willingham
as Zeke Bridges
Daniel Benzali
as 'Skeeter' Warburton
Cynthia Harris
as Vera Johnson
James Garner
as Jeff Johnson
Daniel Petrie Sr.
as Asbestos Lobbyist
Susan Forristal
as Ellen Juba
Autumn Winters
as Mickey Juba
Doris Grau
as Hattie Rifkin
Sarah Carson
as Kimberly
Mel Owens
as Bo Chandler
Brad Koepenick
as Rafe Simon
John Doolittle
as Ira Schecter
Rosanna Huffman
as Mrs. Bridges
Tom Dahlgren
as Chief of Police
Tom Finnegan
as Ethics Committee Chair
Marty Kaplan
as Ned Grable
Cliff Bemis
as Gun Lobbyist
Nina Totenberg
as Election Anchor
Julianna McCarthy
as Blue Haired Lady
Daniel Petrie Jr.
as Asbestos Lobbyist
Dion Anderson
as Distilled Spirits Lobbyist
Stu Levin
as Tobacco Lobbyist
Richard Anders
as Poultry Lobbyist
Brian Gelatto
as Crabhouse Waiter
Patricia Ciaffa
as DC Correspondent
David A. Penhale
as Voting Husband
Cordis Heard
as Voting Wife
Gary Price
as Taxi Driver
Tommy Boggs
as Tommy Boggs
J.D. Williams
as J.D. Williams
Roger E. Reid
as Florida Reporter
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Audience Reviews for The Distinguished Gentleman

Eddie Murphy plays Thomas Jefferson Johnson, a hustler and con artist, who finds out that running for Congress will earn him more money than he does now. He uses this post to hopefully earn a decent living and sham his way to more. Instead, he discovers that some government officials are even more corrupt than he is and he must use his "power" to make things right for the little people.Good natured fun from the early 90's

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Deb S

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Not bad. A lot funnier than I was expecting. It reminds you just how funny Eddie Murphy can be and how far he's fallen.

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