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The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

A conman discovers during a "job" that US Congress is where the money is. "Name recognition" gets him elected. Will he develop a conscience?

Director:

Jonathan Lynn

Writers:

Marty Kaplan (story), Jonathan Reynolds (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Thomas Jefferson Johnson
Lane Smith ... Dick Dodge
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Miss Loretta
Joe Don Baker ... Olaf Andersen
Victoria Rowell ... Celia Kirby
Grant Shaud ... Arthur Reinhardt
Kevin McCarthy ... Terry Corrigan
Charles S. Dutton ... Elijah Hawkins
Victor Rivers ... Armando
Chi McBride ... Homer (as Chi)
Sonny Jim Gaines Sonny Jim Gaines ... Van Dyke
Noble Willingham ... Zeke Bridges
Gary Frank ... Iowa
Daniel Benzali ... 'Skeeter' Warburton
Cynthia Harris ... Vera Johnson
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Storyline

In the conniving world of politics, even a professional shyster like Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) can find himself outmatched. After using name recognition to get elected, Johnson enjoys many of the same financial perks as other politicians. However, while investigating the connection between electric companies and cancer in young children, he unexpectedly develops a conscience. Unfortunately, fellow Congressman Dick Dodge (Lane Smith) isn't about to let him rock the boat.

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Taglines:

From con man to congressman

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Jonathan Lynn - Director

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De estafador a senador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,666,502
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has won at least two film awards. It won the EMA Award (aka the Environmental Media Award) in 1993 awarded by the Environmental Media Awards and an award given by the Political Film Society awarding the picture and director Jonathan Lynn a Special Award about 2001/2002, which was around a decade after it had first debuted in theaters. See more »

Goofs

When the Congressmen are out in the field hunting, they spot a flock of geese and commence firing. However, even though we hear the sound of multiple rapid gunfire, none of the weapons (M16s) have any fire spitting from the barrels, nor do any spent cartridges eject. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Jefferson Johnson: Ask you to vote for Jeff Johnson. Good old Jeff. The name that you can trust. The name that you know. Jeff Johnson.
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Soundtracks

SOUL TRIILOGY III
Written by Chuckii Booker and Derek 'DOA' Allen
Performed by Chuckii Booker
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A very clever and sharp movie
13 November 2003 | by Tiger_MarkSee all my reviews

Being a Government teacher, I was curious about this film. As an Eddie Murphy vehicle, I was what somewhat curious to see if it would be an educational movie or just a comedic flick. Well, it was both. The story is funny and the plot is politically sharp. We see how the congressional committees work and how money influences our legislative process. Eddie Murphy has arrived as an actor that is still capable of making quality films.


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