Late 1992 saw the release of two films featuring an American flag in their opening credits. Both dealt with an African-American whose intelligence, vision and determination enabled him to turn the American political world upside down. One of these was Spike Lee's epic MALCOLM X. The other
is the flip side of that heroic vision, a piece of cotton candy called THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN.
Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) is a con man who one day realizes that the similarity of his name to that of recently departed Florida Congressman Jefferson Davis Johnson could just get him elected to the House of Representatives. Campaigning as "Jeff Johnson" (his near-n...