The Distinguished Gentleman
) is a comedy
starring Eddie Murphy
. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn
. In addition to Murphy, the film stars Lane Smith
, Sheryl Lee Ralph
, Joe Don Baker
, Victoria Rowell
, Grant Shaud
, Kevin McCarthy
, Charles S. Dutton
, Victor Rivers, Chi McBride
, Sonny Jim Gaines, and Noble Willingham
The film's plot is centered around politics
, specifically what members of the Congress and lobbyists do to get what they want in Washington, D.C.
A Florida con man named Thomas Jefferson Johnson uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district, Jeff Johnson (who died of a heart attack while having sex with his secretary), to get elected to Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists. Shortening his middle name and calling himself "Jeff" Johnson, he receives the 5000+ signatures required to be on the ballot by becoming endorsed by a seniors organization, the Silver Foxes.
Once on the election ballot, he uses the dead Congressman's old campaign material and runs a low budget campaign that appeals to name recognition, figuring most people do not pay much attention and simply vote for the "name you know." He wins a slim victory and is off to Washington, a place where the "streets are lined with gold."
Initially, the lucrative donations and campaign contributions roll in, but as he learns the nature of the con game in Washington D.C., he starts to see how the greed and corruption makes it difficult to... Read More