History Film / TheDistinguishedGentleman

9th Mar '15 10:12:56 AM starwolf
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* YouRemindMeOfX: When Elijah Hawkins calls Tom out on his con-artist ways, Tom is about to make typical snarky remark, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness but stops.]]
--> '''Tom:''' You know, just then you reminded me of my father. ... He used to say I was a scumbag, too.
7th Mar '14 1:24:33 PM Fighteer
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* AlterKocker: Johnson claims to have learned [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage his fluent Yiddish]] from old Jewish folks on the beaches of Miami, and pretends to be such a person while campaigning in a Jewish neighborhood. In one meet-and-greet, he flatters an old Jewish lady by talking to her in her native tongue.

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* AlterKocker: Johnson claims to have learned [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage his fluent Yiddish]] from old Jewish folks on the beaches of Miami, and pretends to be such a person while campaigning in a Jewish neighborhood. In one meet-and-greet, he flatters an old Jewish lady by talking to her in her native tongue.Yiddish.
7th Mar '14 11:20:40 AM Fighteer
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: In a darkly satirical take on the trope, a lobbyist helps Johnson pick his positions by telling him about the money that various interest groups will offer him for espousing them.

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In a darkly satirical take on the trope, a lobbyist helps Johnson pick his positions by telling him about the money that various interest groups will offer him for espousing them.them.
** The back-room deal that Johnson exposes involves influence peddling and bribery: a Congressman selling his vote against the environmental bill in exchange for illicit campaign donations.
7th Mar '14 11:17:52 AM Fighteer
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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's JerkassFacade is when a cancer victim shows up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.

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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's JerkassFacade is when a cancer victim shows cancer-stricken child and her mother show up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill.office. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.
7th Mar '14 11:16:56 AM Fighteer
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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's carefree facade is when a cancer victim shows up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.

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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's carefree facade JerkassFacade is when a cancer victim shows up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.
7th Mar '14 11:16:33 AM Fighteer
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* GreenAesop: The cancer victim's mother who accosts Johnson believes that high-voltage power lines near their neighborhood are responsible and wants him to vote on an environmental bill regulating them.

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* GreenAesop: The cancer victim's mother who accosts Johnson believes that high-voltage power lines near their neighborhood are responsible and wants him to vote on for an environmental bill regulating them.
7th Mar '14 11:05:51 AM Fighteer
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''The Distinguished Gentleman'' is a 1992 comedy film starring Creator/EddieMurphy as Thomas Jefferson Johnson, a professional {{con man}} from Florida who discovers that he [[OneSteveLimit shares part of his name]] with a [[OutWithABang recently deceased]] Congressman. When he learns that people will give him money to run for office and money to vote for things, and he gets to keep it all, "Jeff Johnson" embarks on the biggest con of his life.

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''The Distinguished Gentleman'' is a 1992 comedy film starring Creator/EddieMurphy as [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Thomas Jefferson Johnson, Johnson]], a professional {{con man}} from Florida who discovers that he [[OneSteveLimit shares part of his name]] with a [[OutWithABang recently deceased]] Congressman. When he learns that people will give him money to run for office and money to vote for things, and he gets to keep it all, "Jeff Johnson" embarks on the biggest con of his life.
7th Mar '14 11:05:18 AM Fighteer
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''The Distinguished Gentleman'' is a 1992 comedy film starring Creator/EddieMurphy as Thomas Jefferson Johnson, a professional ConMan from Florida who discovers that he shares part of his name with a recently deceased Congressman. When he learns that people will give him money to run for office and money to vote for things, and he gets to keep it all, "Jeff Johnson" embarks on the biggest con of his life.

When he arrives in Washington, though, he discovers that he's small potatoes compared to the corruption that is endemic to politics, and his long-buried conscience leads him to embark on another con: to expose the ''real'' fraud in America.

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''The Distinguished Gentleman'' is a 1992 comedy film starring Creator/EddieMurphy as Thomas Jefferson Johnson, a professional ConMan {{con man}} from Florida who discovers that he [[OneSteveLimit shares part of his name name]] with a [[OutWithABang recently deceased deceased]] Congressman. When he learns that people will give him money to run for office and money to vote for things, and he gets to keep it all, "Jeff Johnson" embarks on the biggest con of his life.

When he arrives in Washington, though, he discovers that he's small potatoes compared to the corruption that is endemic to politics, and his [[EveryoneHasStandards long-buried conscience conscience]] leads him to embark on another con: to expose the ''real'' fraud in America.
7th Mar '14 9:41:38 AM Fighteer
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* JerkassFacade: At first, Johnson treats being in Congress as a lark and happily acts like what he thinks a stereotypical Congressman should be, voting frivolously, dissing constituents, and sucking up to lobbyists. Then it starts to hit home that he's toying with real people's lives.
7th Mar '14 9:24:43 AM Fighteer
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* EveryoneHasStandards: While Johnson can't be said to be evil, necessarily, he is unquestionably a criminal. Then he goes to Washington and meets the ''real'' criminals. This horrifies him so much that he decides to expose them at the cost of his own career.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: While Johnson can't be said to be is not evil, necessarily, he is unquestionably a criminal. Then he goes to Washington and meets the ''real'' criminals. This horrifies him so much that he decides to expose them at the cost of his own career.
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