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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine as the con artists of the title. Glenn Headley plays one of their targets.

It is also the name of a musical adaptation of the film.

Film

Martin plays a small-time hustler who cajoles Caine, a master of the art, into teaching him the secrets of his craft. When Caine decides there isn't room for the two of them in the same city, a challenge is laid down: the first to con fifty thousand dollars out of innocent Headley will be allowed to stay, while the other must leave.

The film is a remake of Ralph Levy's 1964 film Bedtime Story starring Marlon Brando and David Niven, and featuring Shirley Jones. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels uses the same script (by Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning) and most of the same shots as its predecessor, though the ending is changed and some jokes were updated for a 1980s audience. There is debate over which is the better version, though Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is much better known.

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Musical adaptation

The musical was produced for Broadway, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. John Lithgow portrays Caine's character and Norbert Leo Butz plays Martin's. The show began its run in January 2005.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was nominated for the following Tony Awards in 2005:

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