Trading Places

  • 15
  • John Landis (1983)
  • US
  • 111 min
Trading Places
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This blatant, unacknowledged reworking of The Prince and the Pauper is a rattling comedy showcase for the unique talents of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, who have seldom recaptured the form they show here. However, there's no question that the acting honours go to veterans Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, as the mischievous business bigwigs whose wager brings about the respective rise and fall of a lowlife conman (Murphy) and a pompous broker (Aykroyd). Jamie Lee Curtis also makes quite an impression as a kind-hearted hooker and proved that there was more to her than screaming and running away from slash-happy psychopaths. Director John Landis tends to pull his satirical punches against yuppiedom, and it's a shame that he settles for a brash slapstick finale after so many fresh, immaculately timed comic situations, but this remains very entertaining.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis. Millionaires Mortimer and Randolph Duke create an experiment in human nature by framing their niece's fiancé Louis, a pompous stockbroker, for theft and drug pushing, and replacing him with conman Billy Ray Valentine. Their wager is that Valentine will make good and Louis will turn to crime.

Cast and crew

Cast

Billy Ray Valentine
Eddie Murphy
Louis Winthorpe III
Dan Aykroyd
Ophelia
Jamie Lee Curtis
Randolph Duke
Ralph Bellamy
Mortimer Duke
Don Ameche
Coleman
Denholm Elliott
Beeks
Paul Gleason
Pawnbroker
Bo Diddley
King Kong
James Belushi
Penelope
Kristin Holby
Whittington
Alfred Drake
Policeman
Frank Oz
Heritage club doorman
P Jay Sidney
Ezra
Avon Long
Officer Pantuzzi
Tom Mardirosian
Officer Reynolds
Charles Brown
Todd
Robert Curtis-Brown
Harry
Nicholas Guest
Andrew
John Bedford-Lloyd

Crew

Director
John Landis

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy

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