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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is not rated and very fifthly, could not get past 5 minute into it. bought two of movies when he was much younger and set them back and was very dissatisfied with how little I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Mason
Not for the faint of heart. Got this for my 88 year old father and his new bride.....Published 6 months ago by Carol M. Cash
Another comical role by Martin Clunes. Would NOT recommend this DVD for children !Published 6 months ago by Katherine
Thought we would go broke buying all the sets. Better value subscribing to Acorn TV with ROKU. Now we can watch them all at low subscription feePublished 10 months ago by Michael
A dirty trick is what happened to me when I bought this movie,, the write up on the box was great and being a big fan of Martin Clunes I bought the thing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. J. Hughes