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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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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


Special Features

Biography of author Michael Dibdin
cast filmographies
SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046MOVDU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "DIRTY TRICKS" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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 got back for them between return and restocking fees. was better just to have trashed them
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Martin Clunes is always enjoyable. It's good to see the "William & Mary" cast working together again. I feel odd giving this an average rating but, compared to "Doc Martin" & "William & Mary", it's the best I can rate it. It has an entertaining premise of who killed whom or if anyone WAS killed & it has its moments.
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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. How ever it is sorely lacking in substance and not worth the price.
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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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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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