DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 110 min, USA, Dir: Frank Oz

Muppet master Frank Oz proves equally talented directing human beings in this gloriously entertaining comedy. Michael Caine is a con man in the South of France who preys on ridiculously rich women; when he’s rudely challenged by a crass American (Steve Martin), a contest ensues targeting wealthy Glenne Headly.


THE LAST VALLEY
1971, Buena Vista Pictures, 128 min, UK/USA, Dir: James Clavell

Writer-director James Clavell’s epic adventure takes place in the shadow of the Thirty Years War, which ravaged Germany in the 17th century. One remote region remains unscathed when Omar Sharif arrives in search of refuge; unfortunately, he’s been followed into the valley by Michael Caine and his band of mercenary soldiers. With superb performances, a highly literate script and one of John Barry’s best scores, THE LAST VALLEY brings a little-known period of history to vivid life.


THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
1975, Warner Bros., 129 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Michael Caine and Sean Connery are two British soldier-pals trying to bamboozle high priests of remote Kafiristan into turning over their riches by convincing them that Connery is a god. With Christopher Plummer as Rudyard Kipling (whose short story inspired the film).


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