Coming to America

  • 15
  • John Landis (1988)
  • US
  • 111 min
Coming to America
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

After strolling lazily through The Golden Child and Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy teamed up once again with his Trading Places director John Landis for this comedy, which at least requires him to do more than just chuckle. Murphy plays the pampered African prince who rebels against his father (James Earl Jones) and comes to America, with sidekick Arsenio Hall in tow, to find a wife. Landis aims for a 1930s-style feel but, unfortunately, is hampered by a script that isn't as clever as it thinks it is and it's left to Murphy (who, courtesy of wonderful make-up, also delivers some very funny cameos) to carry the picture. The stellar supporting cast includes a pre-stardom Cuba Gooding Jr and Samuel L Jackson, although the biggest laugh is generated by the appearance of screen veterans Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, reprising their Trading Places roles.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Prince Akeem of Zamunda has a problem: he's enormously rich, incredibly powerful and his father has arranged his marriage. So he travels to New York in search of a woman who will love him for what he is, and not his massive fortune.

Cast and crew


Prince Akeem / Clarence / Saul / Randy Watson
Eddie Murphy
Semmi / Morris / Extremely ugly girl / Reverend Brown
Arsenio Hall
King Jaffe Joffer
James Earl Jones
Lisa McDowell
Shari Headley
Queen Aoleon
Madge Sinclair
Colonel Izzi
Calvin Lockhart
Cleo McDowell
John Amos
Patrice McDowell
Allison Dean
Darryl Jenks
Eriq La Salle
Mortimer Duke
Don Ameche
Randolph Duke
Ralph Bellamy
Subway lady
Helen Hanft
Paul Bates
Imani Izzi
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Boy at barber's
Cuba Gooding Jr
Clint Smith
Uncle Ray Murphy
Hold-up man
Samuel L Jackson


John Landis

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15