The Distinguished Gentleman [DVD] [1992]

Jonathan Lynn directs Eddie Murphy in the political satire The Distinguished Gentleman, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from Disney/Buena Vista that delivers the film, but little else.
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The Distinguished Gentleman (DVD)  (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV)  (English/French)  1992 - Larger Front
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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • French-language track
  • Dolby Surround
  • Widescreen [1.85:1]

Synopsis

The Distinguished Gentleman
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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy - Thomas Jefferson Johnson
  • Lane Smith
    Lane Smith - Dick Dodge
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph
    Sheryl Lee Ralph - Miss Loretta
  • Joe Don Baker
    Joe Don Baker - Olaf Anderson
  • Victoria Rowell
    Victoria Rowell - Celia Kirby

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