Coming to America

Coming to America

John Landis (1988)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A bored African prince defies his father's plans for an arranged marriage and escapes to the USA to find a bride on his own terms. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in several roles, with James Earl Jones, Allison Dean, Eriq La Salle and Madge Sinclair.

Cast & Crew

Prince Akeem/Clarence/Saul/Randy Watson Eddie Murphy
Semmi/Morris/Extremely ugly girl/Reverend Brown Arsenio Hall
King Jaffe Joffer James Earl Jones
Patrice McDowell Allison Dean
Darryl Jenks Eriq La Salle
Queen Aoleon Madge Sinclair
Col Izzi Calvin Lockhart
Cleo McDowell John Amos
Mortimer Duke Don Ameche
Randolph Duke Ralph Bellamy
Director John Landis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Swearing and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray