Scoundrels, released in 1988, was a great comedy
directed by Frank Oz. The movie starred
Steve Martin as Freddy Benson and Michael Caine as
Lawrence Jaimieson. The movie received mostly
positive reviews, and made some big bucks at the box
office. Michael Caine was even nominated for a
Golden Globe for his performance. This movie is
still considered by many to be one of the funniest
movies ever releases.
In this movie, Lawrence Jamieson
(Caine) is a debonair
con man who courts rich old ladies and then robs them blind.
His biggest concern is with a rival called "The Jackal",
who is also in the business of conning old women. When another con named Freddy Benson (Martin) starts
honing in on Jamieson's territory, Lawrence thinks that
Freddy is "the Jackal", and a rivalry begins.
Initially, a deal is struck between the two, with
Lawrence serving as the teacher and Freddy the student.
When Freddy begins
feeling like their is plenty of rich old women in the
French Riviera to go around, the two make a deal. The first to extract 50k from
rich old lady Janet Colgate gets to stay in town, the
loser must walk away. When the two realize that
Janet is not rich, but instead a kind-hearted woman, the
deal becomes whether or not Freddy can bed her. If
he does, Lawrence must leave, and if not, Freddy must
leave. The rest of the movie is about how Freddy
tries, and Lawrence makes it impossible. In the
end, it was Janet who was "the Jackal", and she who robs
them both. All is well that ends well, however, as
she invites the pair to team up with her on her next