Directed by Frank Oz
Written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro, and Paul Henning
Starring Michael Caine, Steve Martin, Glenne Headly
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's the story of two con-men -- the older classier Brit (Caine, of course) and the younger, crasser American (Martin) -- as they battle for the money of an American woman (Headly).
The script is great, with deceptions and double-meanings abounding. The direction is crisp and clever. The music has a lovely, old-school feel to it. And the performances are all right on the money, from the leads and all the supporting actors. There's some not-very politically correct humor involving the handicapped, but it's never at their expense.
I can and have watched this movie over and over again. (Disclosure: I am a big Steve Martin fan, as evidenced here, here, and here.)
I believe this is the movie that caused the creation of the pantheon.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at IMDB.