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Trading Places


Overview - In this screwball comedy of manners, millionaire commodity brokers Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet that pits environment vs. biology and turns the lives of their two unsuspecting victims upside down. Eddie Murphy costars as Billy Ray Valentine, a streetwise hustler who gets dragged off the street and into the proper life of top Duke Bros.  Read more...

 

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Overview

In this screwball comedy of manners, millionaire commodity brokers Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet that pits environment vs. biology and turns the lives of their two unsuspecting victims upside down. Eddie Murphy costars as Billy Ray Valentine, a streetwise hustler who gets dragged off the street and into the proper life of top Duke Bros. broker Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd), who in turn gets tossed out of his posh townhouse and onto the mean city streets. The comic team of Murphy and Aykroyd is deliriously funny as they both struggle to comprehend their new lives. Billy Ray is forced to learn proper etiquette, manners, and business sense while uptight Louis scrambles to make it on the streets, befriending a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) who takes him in and saves him from starvation--or worse. When the two innocent victims realize the scheming brothers' plot, they unite and devise a fabulous revenge to prove that their lives can't be controlled by the power-grubbing Duke brothers. The film features outstanding work by Denholm Elliott as the butler and Curtis as the prostitute with a heart of gold. Curtis especially shines in the scene in which she removes all of her hustler accoutrements to reveal her true looks.

Cast List

John Landis - Director, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Jamie Lee Curtis - American actress, HALLOWEEN (1978)
Denholm Elliott - British character actor, A ROOM WITH A VIEW
Ralph Bellamy - American actor, THE AWFUL TRUTH
Dan Aykroyd - Writer/Director/Actor
Daniel Edward Aykroyd - Writer/Director/Actor
Paul Gleason - Actor/"Night Game"
Paul Xavier Gleason - Actor/"Night Game"
Eddie Murphy - American Actor/Comedian, TRADING PLACES (1983)
Don Ameche - American actor
Dominic Felix Amici - American actor
Herschel Weingrod - Producer, THE FINAL SEASON
Timothy Harris - Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein - Composer, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
James J. Sabat
Robert Paynter - Director of Photography, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (198
David Sosna
Richard Kratina - American Diretor of Photography
Dick Kratina - American Diretor of Photography
Jack Engel
George DeTitta Jr. - AMER. SET DECORATOR\SON
Ron Taylor - Actor
James Belushi - American Actor/Director, brother of John
Jim Belushi - American Actor/Director, brother of John
Claude Conrad - American Actor/Director, brother of John
Maurice Woods
Peter Hock - Actor, Q - THE WINGED SERPENT (1983)
Al Franken - Actor, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Bo Diddley - American Singer/Songwriter
Elias McDaniel - American Singer/Songwriter
Stephen Stucker - Actor
Don McLeod
Bernie McInerney - Actor
John McCurry
Afemo Omilami - Actor
Clint Smith
P. Jay Sidney
Jacques Sandulescu
Herb Peterson
Alan Dellay
Joshua Daniel - Actor
Bryan Clark - Actor
James Eckhouse - American TV/Film Actor
Barra Khan
Robert Lee - Actor
Tom Degidon
Robert Curtis-Brown
Frank Oz - Director/Muppeteer
Frank Oznowicz - Director/Muppeteer
Jim Newell
W.B. Brydon
Florence Anglin
Charles Brown - Actor
Tom Davis - Comic Actor/Screenwriter
Jack Davidson
Kelly Leigh Curtis
Barry Dennen - Actor/"Liquid Dreams"
Giancarlo Esposito - Actor
Sue Dugan
Alfred Drake
Maurice D. Copeland
Bill Boggs
B. Constance Barry
Paul Austin
Philip Bosco - American Stage/Film Actor
Bill Cobbs - Supporting Actor
Ralph Clanton - Actor/"Cyrano 1950"
Lucianne Buchanan
Gwyllum Evans
John Bedford Lloyd - American Supporting Actor
Gary Howard Klar
John Randolph Jones
Avon Long - Supporting Actor
Tom Mardirosian
Michelle Mais
William Magerman
Eddie Jones - Supporting Actor
Walt Gorney - Actor in FRIDAY THE 13TH
Paul Garcia
Nicholas Guest - American Actor
Robert Earl Jones - Actor/James Earl's Dad
Earl Jones - Actor/James Earl's Dad
Richard Hunt
Kristin Holby

 
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Synopsis:
As the result of a bet between two wealthy commodities traders, the lifestyles of a street hustler (Eddie Murphy) and a blue-nosed employee (Dan Akroyd) of the brokerage are reversed. The innocent victims of the bet scramble to make it in their new foreign environments, with hysterical results. Once they discover the switch played on them, they set out to exact their comic revenge on the execs, played by the grand old actors Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche..

Notes:
Director's (Landis's) trademark, SYNW, is a direct reference to "See You Next Wednesday", a line from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Landis has referred to the trademark as a title of a film that he dreamed up when he was 15. SYNW appears in many of his films. It can be seen on a poster in Ophelia's apartment in TRADING PLACES. "Is there a problem, officers?"--Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) "Hey! This is all right! When I was a kid, we wanted bubbles, we had to fart in the tub."--Billy Ray "It seems to me that the best way to hurt rich people is by making them poor."--Billy Ray

Reviews:
"...Murphy makes a slick segue from hustler to Wall Street wizard..." -- Rating: B+ - 10/22/1999 Entertainment Weekly, pp.92-3


"...Consummately slick entertainment....[Aykroyd and Murphy] work together deftly..." - 06/08/1983 New York Times, p.C16


"...Landis knows well the strength of his performers and unleashes them for delightful individual moments and wacky interaction..." - 06/01/1983 Variety


4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's still funny and sharp-witted..." - 08/01/2007 Uncut, p.138


4 stars out of 5 -- "Expect intelligent comedy for the 'greed is good' generation, directed by John Landis at the height of his powers" - 08/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.85

 
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