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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

4

Comedic and criminal one-upmanship

Michael Caine claims he took this job so he could spend a summer next door to his best friend Roger Moore; unlike some of his ‘80s decisions, this one worked out well for everyone.

Caine is the urbane foil to fellow conman Steve Martin (at his most gloriously goofy), as they attempt to outdo one another to ensnare Glenne Headly’s gullible heiress.

Caine is in his element while Martin bumbles brilliantly for director Frank Oz, and the Ruprecht scenes have aged like fine Provençal wine.
 

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