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
Dressing the Part
Industry Promotional Piece
Insider Trading: The Making of Tradinng Places
The Deleted Scene with Optional Commentary by Executive Producer George Folsey, Jr.
What can be said about Trading Places that hasn't been said about James Joyce's Ulysses? Probably a lot. But if you're reading this review in order to find out whether or not to buy the movie, the answer is yes. If you've never seen the movie, you won't regret it, and if you have, then you already know why you should own it.
If nothing else, the scene with the two old bums in Coming to America will finally make sense to you.
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this movie when it first came out and viewed it through fresh eyes in today’s world. Many of its messages can be applied today to corporate greed and rich privilege when dealing with every day people. It is done in a very humorous way as only Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd can. Everyone likes to see the little guy win and the immoral rich get their comeuppance.
First off, there is no difference in this Blu-ray version; and, the version issued by Paramount a few years ago. Only the cover sheet is different; the special/bonus features are the same. That said; this film still holds up after all this time. While the audio is standard Dolby Digital 5.1; and, not, say , Dolby TruHD 5.1, or DTS HD Masterlossless 5.1, the sound is still very good, and clear. The picture quality is better than the DVD of the movie(which I have) and the detail is sharper. The basic story has been done before( The 3 Stooges did one of their shorts with this as the plot); but, the twists and turns in this film give it the original, and very funny moments. It is not for the kids; but, it is one that I can recommend. Enjoy!