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Coming to America

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • John Landis
  • 111 mins
  • 15

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 who he is and not for his massive fortune.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Eddie Murphy reteamed with his Trading Places director John Landis for this fish-out-of-water comedy. Murphy plays the pampered African prince who rebels against his father (James Earl Jones) and heads to America to find a wife, with sidekick Arsenio Hall in tow. Landis is hampered by a script that isn't as clever as it thinks it is and it's left to Murphy to carry the picture, which he does with aplomb (thanks to some wonderful make-up, he also delivers some very funny cameos). 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.

Credits

Cast

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Prince Akeem / Clarence / Saul / Randy WatsonEddie Murphy
Semmi / Morris / Extremely ugly girl / Reverend BrownArsenio Hall
King Jaffe JofferJames Earl Jones
Lisa McDowellShari Headley
Queen AoleonMadge Sinclair
Colonel IzziCalvin Lockhart
Cleo McDowellJohn Amos
Patrice McDowellAllison Dean
Darryl JenksEriq La Salle
Mortimer DukeDon Ameche
Randolph DukeRalph Bellamy
Subway ladyHelen Hanft
OhaPaul Bates
Imani IzziVanessa Bell Calloway
Boy at barber'sCuba Gooding Jr
SweetsClint Smith
StuUncle Ray Murphy
Hold-up manSamuel L Jackson

Crew

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DirectorJohn Landis

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1988-08-05
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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