Distinguished Gentleman

The Distinguished Gentleman

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph

     
 

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A smooth-talking confidence trickster makes his way into congress (where the cynical would suggest he'd have plenty of company) in this comedy. Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) is a con man from Florida who gets the bright idea that a scam artist could make a tidy sum if he was able to get inside the political arena. When a Florida congressman named Jeff…  See more details below

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A smooth-talking confidence trickster makes his way into congress (where the cynical would suggest he'd have plenty of company) in this comedy. Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) is a con man from Florida who gets the bright idea that a scam artist could make a tidy sum if he was able to get inside the political arena. When a Florida congressman named Jeff Johnson dies and a special election is held to replace him, Thomas puts his name on the ballot as "Jeff Johnson," and enough confused voters check the ballot for him that he wins the race and is on his way to Washington D.C. Johnson soon finds a mentor in Dick Dodge (Lane Smith), chairman of the Power and Industry Committee, who shows Johnson the ropes on raking in PAC money while the late Mr. Johnson's aide, Reinhardt (Grant Shaud), gives him the inside scoop on how things work in Washington. Johnson's plans are going just as he hoped until he meets Celia Kirby (Victoria Rowell), a volunteer lobbyist and political activist whose uncle is a noted religious leader, The Rev. Elijah Hawkins (Charles S. Dutton). Johnson quickly becomes smitten with Celia, but it's obvious that she's not buying his act, and if he wants to win her heart, he'll have to stop fooling people into thinking he's honest and actually be honest. Joe Don Baker and Sheryl Lee Ralph also co-star.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
UPC:
0717951716033
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Thomas Jefferson Johnson
Lane Smith Dick Dodge
Sheryl Lee Ralph Miss Loretta
Joe Don Baker Olaf Anderson
Victoria Rowell Celia Kirby
Grant Shaud Arthur Reinhardt
Kevin McCarthy Terry Corrigan
Charles S. Dutton Elijah Hawkins
Victor Rivers Armando
Chi Homer
Sonny Jim Gaines Van Dyke
Noble Willingham Zeke Bridges
Gary Frank Iowa
Tommy Boggs Himself
Mary Goldberg Actor
Daniel Petrie Asbestos Lobbyist
Daniel Benzali "Skeeter" Warburton
Cynthia Harris Vera Johnson
Susan Forristal Ellen Juba
Autumn Winters Mickey John
James Garner Jeff Johnson
Doris Grau Hattie Rifkin
Frances Foster Grandma
Sarah Carson Kimberly
Mel Owens Bo Chandler
Brad Koepenick Rafe Simon
John Doolittle Ira Schecter
Rosanna Huffman Mrs. Bridges
Dianne Turley Travis Mrs. Dodge
Tom Dahlgren Chief of Police
Tom Finnegan Ethics Committee Chair
Marty Kaplan Ned Grable
Cliff Bemis Gun Lobbyist
Prudence Barry Teacher
Nina Totenberg Election Anchor
Julianna McCarthy Blue Haired Lady
Dion Anderson Distilled Spirits Lobbyist
Stu Levin Tobacco Lobbyist
Richard Anders Poultry Lobbyist
Brian Gelatto Crabhouse Waiter
Angela Stribling DC Anchor
Patricia Ciaffa DC Correspondent
David A. Penhale Voting Husband
Cordis Heard Voting Wife
Gary Price Taxi Driver
J.D. Williams Himself
Roger Reid Florida Reporter

Technical Credits
Jonathan Lynn Director
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Dorree Cooper Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Leonard J. Goldberg Producer
Mary Goldberg Casting
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Marty Kaplan Producer,Screenwriter
Anthony Lloyd Makeup
Tony Lombardo Editor
Michael Peyser Producer
Richard H. Prince Production Manager
Jonathan Reynolds Screenwriter
Rick Sharp Makeup
Richard Turner Camera Operator
Ed Verreaux Art Director

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