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Priceless Match of Wits,
This review is from: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (DVD)
The script is flawless and the roles played exquisitely by Michael Caine, Steve Martin and Glenne Headly.
Fred Benson (Steve Martin) has developed some expertise in swindling the small game - getting women basically to pay him a dinner. He is loud, uncultured and proud of his achievement. He has even managed to get publicity for his misdeeds in newspapers.
He realizes that he has much to learn when he steps on the territory, French Riviera, of Laurence Jamieson (Michael Caine), suave, cultured, classy European, who is elegantly getting the better of the big game.
In order to prevent Fred from scarying away his prey, Laurence devises a bet, a match of wits, between the two of them. The one who wins it gets to stay, the one who loses must leave. The bet consists of extracting $50,000 from unsuspecting victim - which they both choose and agree upon.
Now the priceless and hillarious match of wits begins, each one trying to outdo another and each one alternatively getting one step ahead, until the hunters realize that they have been hunted themselves all along by someone with even greater wits.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2010 11:08:45 AM PST
Please don't ruin movies for others by give away so much of the plot. Thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2016 9:31:32 PM PDT
Ellen Etc. says:
Yeah, people think their teasers are a lot more subtle than they are. I haven't seen the movie and already I can guess the "twist."
Posted on Oct 27, 2016 11:05:59 AM PDT
Also, it wasn't Benson that gets publicity in the papers. It's The Jackal, who is only presumed to be Benson.
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