Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it's a person's environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe's job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him. Written by
They're not just getting rich... They're getting even.
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Did You Know?
Randolph Duke has a picture of Ronald Reagan
on his side of the Dukes' shared desk, while Mortimer has a picture of Richard Nixon
. Bryan Clark
who portrayed Stock Exchange Official #2 has often played former President Ronald Reagan. See more
In the first scene, Louis is going to work, you can see the streets, no snow at all. Later the same day, the Dukes are going to work and as you can see there is plenty of snow. Even later when Billy appears first in the park, plenty of snow. See more
[holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep
Your breakfast, sir.
The names of the major actors/actresses are shown superimposed on short clips from the film. The clips showing Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy and Jamie-Lee Curtis respectively are obvious outtakes as they all crack up and burst into smiles and/or laughter. See more
Features Sunset Boulevard
"OVERTURE, MARRIAGE OF FIGARO"
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by Elmer Bernstein See more