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


Your Highness, please allow

me to make this little contribution.

No, I cannot accept them.

But think of what

these could do for your cause.

Even though I know those pearls would

mean freedom for many of my people,

- I will not take them.

- Please. Please!

These could save the lives of many men.

The men of my country are proud.

They would die rather than have

their Prince accept charity.

Then think of the lives

of the women, the mothers...

The women of my country

fight alongside the men.

They are also too

proud to accept charity.

Then consider

the lives of the children.

The innocent children.

But... for the children.

She's the blonde in

the blue sequined dress.

Extremely rich, very married,

eminently corruptible

and a willing infidel.


Faites vos jeu!

Rien Ne Va plus!

Sept rouge, inpair et manque!

Faites vos jeu, messieurs!

Monsieur Andre, would you

see what you can get for this?

- Not the royal ring, Your Highness?

- Shh!

Do you want the whole world to know?

Excuse me. Is that man

there truly royalty?

- No, Madame.

- But you called him "Your Highness."

It was a faux pas. Please forget it.

You can trust me, I won't tell.

Madame, I am the police

chief of Beaumont-sur-Mer.

What makes you Americans think

you can buy anyone at any price?

- Oh, I'm so sorry.

- No!

I've already caused the Prince enough...


He sounded like he was in

trouble. Perhaps I can help.

If you really want to help,

forget everything that

you have seen and heard.

Forget the very existence...

of that brilliant,

extraordinary man...

of destiny.

Your Highness...

Your Highness, don't be

alarmed. I can be trusted.

- Are you one of my subjects?

- No. I'm an American.

Fanny Eubanks of Omaha.

I couldn't help overhearing. If

you're in trouble and I can help...

Thank you. But I cannot accept.

You've already risked too

much just in speaking to me.

I still wanna help.

You must understand. I

have powerful enemies.

They may be watching even as we...

My God, you're attractive.

It's late.

I must go.

- Has he left?

- Yes. Just a moment ago.


Please. You must tell me where he lives.

I feel it only

fair to warn you...

I know he told me he

has powerful enemies.

There may also be an emotional risk.

You see, His Highness has

been a widower for five years.

For five years?

Please, Your Highness.

Fanny... the

Freedom Fighters thank you.

This is for the overhead.

This goes to you, Arthur.

This goes to you, Andre.

This goes to me... which means

it's time to go to Zurich.

Excuse me. May I sit here, please?

- If you like.

- Thank you.

Good evening, sir. Would

you like to see the menu?

Oh, yes. I'm starving.

Really starving.

Oh! Prices.


I think I'll just have some water.

- Water?

- Yes.

Only water? But you seemed so hungry.

I'm saving my money

for something special.

- My mother.

- Your mother?

Well, she's not really my mother.

Actually, she's my grandmother.

But she raised me.

My real parents... didn't want me.

- Oh, I'm sorry.

- But my grandmother is wonderful.

She has a laugh that

can make the birds sing.

But she's been quite ill lately... and

the hospital bills have been adding up.

I just wanna do my share.

It's kinda tough for me because

I was never very good with money.

I just seem to take what

the Red Cross pays me

and I give it right back to them.

But I am going to help my gram-gram.

She is the one who taught me it is

better to be truthful and good...

than to not.

- Waiter!

- What are you doing?


- Give this man whatever he wants.

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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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