Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, it’s easily among the best con movies I’ve ever seen and easily features among the best in comedy too!
Featuring an all-star cast, of Michael Caine, Steve Martin and Glenne Headly this movie lives up to the expectations I had with it. Being completely honest, I found absolutely nothing wrong, with this movie, though actually it is pretty hard for anything to go wrong with a film of this kind.
Well, with the crazy twist in the end and of course Michael Caine (seriously, he in there every time), I can forgive you for mistaking this to be a Christopher Nolan movie. But no, he wasn’t even making films at that time.
Frank Oz is the director of this laughter-fest. Although I haven’t seen or even heard much about his other works, except him voicing Master Yoda, from Star Wars, I’ll surely put know more about his works on my “to-do list” (if and when I make one 😛 ).
The brilliantly thought screenplay, of this film, is by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning (and no I haven’t heard of any of them earlier either) and is adapted from the Marlon Brando film, Bedtime Story.
The story is pretty straight, about two con-men with completely different ideologies. While one believes in conning anyone and everyone possible, in order to get a free meal, the other is a more “polished” thief, who cons only rich people to fund his lavish lifestyle. These to go head to head and place a bet, when a rich heiress comes into town.
The roles are wonderfully portrayed, by Michael Caine, it’s like it’s almost impossible for him to do a bad job. Steve Martin does a superb job, inviting fits of laughter at almost every action of his. Glenne Headley plays her role very convincingly.
All in all, it’s a brilliantly made film, that not many know about, but all should watch!