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"Hilarious (and decidedly naughty)" --The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)
"Thriller with a sharply comic edge" --The Mirror (U.K.)
Martin Clunes in an award-winning black comedy seen on BBC America
Part bawdy bedroom farce, part zany crime caper, this saucy British romp stars Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) as a charming underachiever on the run from the law. Sure, he’s manipulative, moneygrubbing, and completely amoral. But is he a murderer? Absolutely not, he insists--despite the pesky corpses piling up.
After befriending an accountant (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley, Midsomer Murders), he beds the man’s randy wife, Karen (Julie Graham, At Home with the Braithwaites), before a wealthy widow (Lindsay Duncan, Traffik, Alice in Wonderland) next catches his eye. When Karen meets an untimely demise, a plodding police detective (James Bolam, New Tricks, Beiderbecke trilogy) gets involved, and things take a decidedly dicey turn.
Winner of an International Emmy® for best drama and based on the book by Michael Dibdin (the Aurelio Zen mysteries), Dirty Tricks sends up modern marriage and mores with wit as crisp and intoxicating as the best British gin.
Contains nudity, strong language, and graphic sexual situations
Dirty Tricks is not for the squeamish, nor for young audiences, as the sexual high jinks are depicted very explicitly. And due to a series of unfortunate events, dead bodies tend to pile up around our hero, Edward (Clunes). So the peculiarly British point of view of Dirty Tricks is that Edward is extremely distasteful and reprehensible--but not a murderer. Or is he?
One of the best things about Dirty Tricks is its very complex plotting. Dirty Tricks works very well as a murder mystery, but it's also layered against a backdrop of the bleakest, blackest humor imaginable. Clunes is dependably entertaining, and so is the rest of the cast. Other standouts include veteran British TV actress Julie Graham as Karen, the seducing hottie who gets Edward started down the wrong path. The ensemble also includes James Bolam, Neil Dudgeon, George Potts, and Henry Goodman--all splendid and slightly sordid. Any fans of British crime dramas--and veddy naughty sex romps--will find a lot to love in these Dirty Tricks. --A.T. Hurley
I am a big fan of Martin Clunes, but I was not fond of this. Too much graphic sex for a senior citizen like me.Published 2 months ago by Nell Marshburn
Despite the talented actors, this is awful. They appear to have traded-in any good writing, for sophomoric sexual innuendos. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bun
I'm a HUGE Martin Clune's fan and this is funny movie. I haven't yet seen anything of Clune's that I didn't like!Published 8 months ago by Cynthia A Pruitt
Mostly very funny, & Clunes's character's narrative asides added to that, but no resolution to the plot, & the "ick" factor of his wife's brown bottom tooth was VERY distracting!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anglophile
I ADORE Martin and he is excellent in anything he takes on. Hope he continues to entertain us for years and years to come.Published 9 months ago by Mattie Sue
If you like British comedy you will like this move. And, of course, if you like Martin Clunes you will enjoy this moviePublished 10 months ago by Beattie