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Coming to America/Trading Places [2 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 4575022
  • Release Date: 01/01/2013
  • Rating: R
  • 4.9 (42)
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (42 out of 42)

Special Features

  • Prince-ipal photography: The Coming Together Of America
  • Fit for Akeem: the costumes Of Coming To America
  • Character building: the many faces of Rick Baker
  • Composing America: the musical talents of Nile Rodgers
  • A vintage sit-down with Eddie and Arsenio
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery
  • Closed Captioned


Trading Places
The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray figures out that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe's faithful butler (Denholm Elliott) as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Coming to America
Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince's faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To avoid fortune hunters, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a "Joe job" at a fast-food restaurant. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerable celebrity cameos peppered throughout the proceedings -- including the Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) from Trading Places. Coming to America made further headlines when humorist Art Buchwald sued the film's producers for plagiarizing one of his works. Buchwald carried the case to trial, where he won a sizeable judgement against the film's producers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy - Billy Ray Valentine
  • Dan Aykroyd
    Dan Aykroyd - Louis Winthorpe III
  • Ralph Bellamy
    Ralph Bellamy - Randolph Duke
  • Don Ameche
    Don Ameche - Mortimer Duke
  • Denholm Elliott
    Denholm Elliott - Coleman

Overall Customer Rating

4.9 (42 Reviews)
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