Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Synopsis: Wealthy native Brit Lawrence Jamieson, living in Beaumont-sur-Mer on the French Riviera, earns most of his money through big cons on wealthy unsuspecting women. With the help of his associates -- corrupt police Inspector Andre, who provides him most of his intel, and his butler Arthur -- he pulls scams such as pretending to be a foreign deposed prince who needs money to finance a secret war to liberate his people. Beaumont-sur-Mer, and thus his world, is invaded by brash American Freddy Benson, another con man whose targets are also wealthy unsuspecting women. Lawrence believes Freddy is the Jackal, a con man whose true identity is unknown but who is known to be working his way through Europe. While Lawrence works on thousands of dollars per scam, Freddy works only on tens or if he is lucky hundreds of dollars. Lawrence's efforts to get Freddy out of his territory are unsuccessful, so when Freddy figures out that Lawrence is a con man like he is, he decides to blackmail Lawrence to wor
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Frank Oz
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

- I can't let you buy me a meal!


I'll have a double turkey

sandwich on white, side

order fries, and one of

those large knockwurst,

three bags of potato chips, a

chocolate milk and two beers.

Why don't you have a beer? Three beers.

Thank you.

Forgot I had a first-class ticket.

- That bother you?

- No.

I love to love you in the night...

I couldn't help overhearing your

conversation in the dining car.

My condolences to your grandmother.



Oh... right.

Didn't you say she was taken ill?

I tell 'em what they wanna

hear if it gets me what I want.

Rather a shabby trick, isn't it?

I can tell you've got a

lot to learn about women.

Yes, I'm afraid I am a bit naive

when it comes to the weaker sex.

Freddy Benson.

- And you are?

- Lawrence Jamieson.

- You're married, aren't you?

- You can tell?


We're the weaker sex. Men

don't live as long as women.

We get more heart attacks, more

strokes, more prostate trouble.

I say it's time for a change.

I say let them give us money.

Let's live off them for a while.

That probably shocks

a guy like you, right?

Well, it's rather a

revolutionary thought.

Do you really think it's possible?

Look what I did in the dining

car! She gave me 100 francs.

That's like, uh... 20 bucks!

Do you have any idea what it feels

like to take a woman for 20 bucks?

No, I haven't.

I'm afraid it's a

little out of my class.

- What?

- It's too bad.

We could've had a blast on the Riviera.

- You're headed for the Riviera?

- Yeah.

There's a little town there, supposed

to be crawling with rich women.

Oh. And what town is that?

Uh... Beaumont-sur-Mer.


I'm afraid you've been misinformed.

Beaumont used to be lively spot,

but it's been taken over now

by older, retired couples. It's quite dead

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Dale Launer

Dale Launer (born May 19, 1952) is an American comedy screenwriter. His films include Ruthless People, Blind Date, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and My Cousin Vinny. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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