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DIRTY TRICKS (2000)

Martin Clunes , James Bolam , Paul Seed  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Clunes, James Bolam, George Potts, Julie Graham, Neil Dudgeon
  • Directors: Paul Seed
  • Writers: Michael Dibdin, Nigel Williams
  • Producers: Annie Rees, Jo Willett, Jonathan Cavendish, Jonathan Powell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046MOVDU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "DIRTY TRICKS" on IMDb

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Biography of author Michael Dibdin
cast filmographies
SDH subtitles

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Martin Clunes is one of the unlikeliest, and most borderline likable, heroes to grace the small screen. And for Dirty Tricks, that's a very good thing. Dirty Tricks, a BBC two-episode murder mystery/bedroom farce, is based on a novel by Michael Dibdin. And much of Dibdin's intricate plotting and splendid dialogue makes it into the screenplay intact--resulting in a very witty, if wince-inducing, comedy.

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

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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


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it was worth buying February 8, 2011
By P. Lach
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I don't buy many movies but as a huge Martin Clunes fan I was intrigued by this story. I read the two other reviews here, and watched a few excerpts on YouTube. Then I bought the movie. I loved it. It was a good, well-written (and acted) and genuinely entertaining film. Having seen Martin Clunes and Julie Graham in the series William and Mary before seeing this move made it even more fun.
They have great chemistry, and although sex plays a part in the plot, it's all integral and not remotely in poor taste. It's great entertainment. If you like Martin Clunes, British humor--or just a good story--it's worth it!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good a mystery plot that's ever been woven into comedy November 11, 2010
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A BBC story outrageously funny. Strong casting, plenty of Brit stars, with twists that keep you watching like a Midsomer Murder. But it is a Martin Clunes, before his superlative Doc Martin series, that pulls the dirty tricks. How can this DVD be compared to that super-level of comedy in Doc Martin? Close, but not quite.

Clunes, as Edward, begins the tale explaining to viewers he is avoiding CID Moss (James Bolam-yes, `the' Beiderbecke) and heading out of the country to avoid arrest for a double murder. Moss investigates just like in the Beiderbecke series. Edward didn't do it, he says. It's technically true, and he begins the explanation from 2 years previous.
A crazed adulteress, Karen (Julie Graham-`Bonekickers' see it), tags Edward as her unlikely victim and begins numerous assaults to his person using every room of her home, but only when her hubby, CPA Dennis (Neil Dudgeon), is nearby. Kinky? The tan-less skin, vocabulary, and graphic activity is overdone, but there was a warning on the box. Get by the overexposure and the plot gets comic.
There are some unfortunate accidents, resulting in death, but also financial opportunity for others. Thus, the plot to twist the truth into a profitable outcome turns up the hilarity. Another female, twists the mix, using Lindsay Duncan (Under the Tuscan Sun; Rector's Wife) as Edwards new flame as he tries to put the loss of his first love onto innocent Clive, well not so innocent in all things.

Strangely, found the musical score quite appropriate and nice. Some great visuals of England and Wales. The drama is based on a Michael Dibdin book. Writing caused it to get the Int. Emmy win. Martin Clunes has soared upward in comedy excellence since this 2000 role. Perhaps he's as good playing Edward, as he is playing Dr Martin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining! July 26, 2012
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Really enjoyed this 2 part series starring Martin Clunes. I found it really entertaining. Highly funny in parts and as usual the standard of acting by Martin Clunes was excellent. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys his work!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I was profoundly disappointed and turned off by "Dirty Tricks." Clunes' character simply did not come across as a lovable rogue like perhaps Steve Martin and Michael Caine played in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Instead, he came across as sleazy and despicable.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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I was particularly put off by a scene where Clunes' character talks dirty to the married woman he wants to seduce while she masturbates in front of him and in front of her oblivious husband. Somehow that managed to be incredibly unbelievable and revolting instead of appealingly raunchy.

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I hardly object to risque humor. I loved "Dangerous Liaisons" (and "Valmont" which is the same story). But I just found watching that scene made me a feel a bit disgusted and rather than damage the positive image I've got of Clunes from "Doc Martin," I bailed on the film and I would recommend that people skip it.

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less than Martin's finest February 13, 2011
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First of all, the constant use of loud Latin music was distracting and irritating. The acting was not bad and the dialogue was cleaver. Julie Graham was good as was Martin Clunes and Lindsay Duncan. The rest of the characters were less than belivable, especially the young girl that played the daughter of Lindsay Duncan. If you're a Martin Clunes fan, my advice is: rent it, don't buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Tricks June 24, 2014
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Dirty Tricks is fun and entertaining. This is a murder mystery with comedy. It has a small amout of nudity and some sex. Martin Clunes was great in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Tricks with Martin Clunes May 31, 2014
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I love Martin Clunes and this movie did not disappoint. It actually was very funny in an odd sort of way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Martin March 10, 2014
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What a contrast, Martin Clines pre-med. I've loved Saving Grace and Dirty Tricks and I'm reading A Dog's Life. Naive of marijuana, I still enjoyed the humor. I also occasionally watch friends dogs, though I've been a 'cat' person and enjoy his book. What a contrast these are to the humorless but brilliant Dr Ellingham.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not My Martin Clunes Favorite
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 27 days ago by Nell Marshburn
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Despite the talented actors, this is awful. They appear to have traded-in any good writing, for sophomoric sexual innuendos. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 2 months ago by Theresa A. Pachtner
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
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 6 months ago by Cynthia A Pruitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but . . .
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Anglophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Tricks
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 8 months ago by Mattie Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Clunes
If you like British comedy you will like this move. And, of course, if you like Martin Clunes you will enjoy this movie
Published 8 months ago by Beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny !!!
I love Martin Clunes as an actor and he gives another great performance in this picture. Truly funny!! He has a gift for making people laugh!!
Published 8 months ago by melanie bridges
2.0 out of 5 stars No Plot
Martin Clunes had nothing to work with other than Julie Graham. She is always good and I feel this movie is not showing her talents either.
Published 9 months ago by Virginia Duda
2.0 out of 5 stars Martin Clune why?
One of my all time favorite tv shows is Doc Martin, but this movie puts Martin Clune in a whole different light. I didn't find this movie funny nor intertaining. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nurgent
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