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
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
Barry W. Blaustein
Eddie MurphyClarence, Prince Akeem, Randy Watson, Saul
Arsenio HallExtremely Ugly Girl, Morris, Rev. Brow, Semmi
John AmosCleo McDowell
James Earl JonesKing Jaffe Joffer
Shari HeadleyLisa McDowell
Eriq La SalleDarryl Jenks
Madge SinclairQueen Aoleon
Allison DeanPatrice McDowell
Don AmecheMortimer Duke
Ralph BellamyRandolph Duke
Frankie R. FaisonLandlord
Monique MannenBoring Girl/Dancer
Garcelle BeauvaisRose Bearer
Stephanie SimonRose Bearer
Calvin LockhartCol. Izzi
Billi GordonLarge Woman
Jake SteinfeldCab Driver
Cuba Gooding, Jr.Boy Getting Haircut
Uncle Ray MurphyStu
Ruben HudsonStreet Hustler
Paulette BanozaSoul Glo Woman
Clyde JonesSoul Glo Man
Patricia MatthewsDevil Woman
Mary Bond DavisBig Stank Woman
Carla EarleTough Girl
Lisa GumoraKinky Girl
June BoykinsStrange Woman
Janette ColonFresh Peaches
Vanessa ColonSugar Cube
Mindora MimmsAwareness Woman
Cynthia FinkleyAwareness Woman
Vondie Curtis-HallBasketball-game Vendor
Samuel L. JacksonHold-Up Man
Arthur AdamsMr. Jenks
Montrose HaginsGrandma Jenks
Tonja RiversParty Guest
Elaine KaganTelegraph Lady
Michael TadrossTaxi Driver
Steve WhiteSubway Guy
Helen HanftSubway Lady
Birdie M. HaleElderly Passenger
Jim AbrahamsFace on Cutting-room Floor
Tanya Lynne LeeDancer
Eddie MurphyScreen Story
Berry Gordy, Jr.Songwriter
Marvin GayeFeatured Music
Nile RodgersComposer (Music Score)
Smokey RobinsonFeatured Music
George Folsey, Jr.Editor
Richard MacdonaldProduction Designer
George Folsey, Jr.Co-producer
Robert D. WachsCo-producer
David SosnaAssociate Producer
Leslie BelzbergExecutive Producer
Mark LipskyExecutive Producer
Erin CumminsSet Designer
Greg PapaliaSet Designer
Lawrence HubbsSet Designer
Ron YatesSet Designer
Deborah NadoolmanCostume Designer
Kelly KimballCostume Designer
William B. KaplanSound/Sound Designer
Bill TaylorSpecial Effects
Dan CangemiSpecial Effects
Syd DuttonSpecial Effects
David SosnaFirst Assistant Director
Bernadine M. AndersonMakeup
Rick BakerMakeup Special Effects
Comedy of Errors,Comedy of Manners,Romantic Comedy
Coming to America
Year of Release
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo, monaural
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Coming to American
Owned for 1 year when reviewed.
This is an excellent 4K movie. The visual effects will impress any enthusiastic movie aficionados. The story is well written, and the actors are best of the best, in every scene.This will easily go in the collection, of great movies. Thank you Best Buy.
I highly recommend this movie. In my opinion, Coming to America is one of the best movies ever made. I am extremely impressed with the 4K transfer of this movie. It is worth the upgrade, even the sound is spectacular!
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall a dynamic duo on this great comedy.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Hilarious classic that will live in our hearts!
This is one of my all time-favorite African-American movies. First of all, Eddie Murphy is hilarious (in all of his roles). Arsenio Hall is a perfect foil for Eddie's hijinks. Eddie let his full range of talent show in this film; he played an innocent person who grows into a mature adult right in front of our eyes and realizes that there is a price to pay for love; whether or not you are born into royalty. This is one of those movies that a person watches over and over again and ends up reciting the lines as the movies is playing. James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair are wonderful in this movie as well as the King and Queen. Madge Sinclair was one of the world's best actresses and I miss her greatly. She tells James Earl Jones "put a sock in it, Geoffrey, the boy is in love." Nobody can deliver that line to a black king, except a black queen. John Amos, (whom I have loved since Good Times), is a great actor as well. He plays the part of a black businessman so well, and as a father he takes no stuff off of the King. He tells James Earl Jones, "I will break my foot off in your royal _____); now that's a ghetto father for you. James Earl Jones knew where to draw the line with Cleo McDowell.
I also like the fact that the Kingdom of Zamunda was filled with kindness, and the people were happy, the royal family was truly wealthy and had everything. You know, this movie is truly a fantasy and helps us escape from our everyday lives. Just to see the Queen and King eating breakfast and talking to their son on a "speaker phone" because the table is so long, is funny. The King and Queen taking their entourage to Queens when they received the telegram to send $1 million to Semmi who had spent up all his pocket change is one of my favorite scenes. That music that is playing during the sequence when the entourage arrives in Queens is so wonderful, moving and swirling, I am buying the soundtrack just to get that song. When I get married, I would like that song to play as my "court" walks down the aisle before me.
All the cameos in this movie are great as well. Nobody can play a doped-up thug like Samuel L. Jackson; Samuel is a natural at playing a killer. Also, Louie Anderson was funny, so was Eriq LaSalle, and Alison Dean.
Now the guys in the barbershop have to be taken from classic characters in the black community. In all the black neighborhoods I have been in during my whole life; there has got to be a black barbershop full of men eating, talking stuff, and cutting hair. When "Clarence" says that Martin Luther King, Jr. ran up to him and hit him in the chest, I just crack up, cause Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prophet of non-violence. And, Eddie Murphy playing a white man is too funny, and a Jewish white man on top of that. Now, that takes creativity; and comic genuis, and Eddie's got it. And, Arsenio's portrayal of Rev. Brown is right on target, there is always some country preacher in the neighborhood that comes to every event, eats up the food, and blesses the weddings, blesses the children, and buries the dead.
One of my favorite parts is when Lisa tells Prince Akeem, she cannot marry him; because he lied to her about his identity. That made Akeem grow up very fast, and learn that nobody; no matter who he is, can buy love.
The clothes in this movie are also wonderful. Deborah Nadoolman did a great job showing how royalty would dress in a foreign country where it is warm, Also, how they would dress in Queens during the winter; those fur coats Madge Sinclair had on were fantastic and so were the suits worn by the King himself. His coat of an entire lion's skin was dramatic and the diamond eyes on that lion's head were cool.
The ending this cinderella story was great, love did really win out in the end.
Well, I could go on and on about how much I liked this movie but, I am going to stop now. Get this movie and keep it in your video collection so you can watch it and laugh over and over.
This review is from Coming to America [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Eddie updated to 4K is A-OK!
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
My absolute favorite Eddie Murphy comedy finally on 4K, and in an exclusive steelbook to boot? Yes, please. I’ve see this flick literally a hundred plus times since it’s initial release in the 80s, but to see it again in UHD on my 70-inch 4K flatscreen with crisp hi-def digital surround sound updates the viewing experience to a brand new level. But honestly, nothing compares to when I first saw it in an actual movie theater on opening night in 1988 projected on 35mm film with traditional Dolby sound. Old vs new, either experience has the most fundamental thing in common... Eddie Murphy delivering not one but four of the best performances of his career.