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
Take two complete strangers, make one of them rich the other poor... just watch the fun while they're... TRADING PLACES
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When explaining how their business works we can see a portrait of the Marquis De Lafayette over the right shoulder of Randolph Duke. See more
When we first see the Dukes going to work, in the car Mortimer is sitting on the left hand side of the car & Randolph on the right, but when they arrive at work Randolph gets out of the car first on the left. See more
[holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep
Your breakfast, sir.
Ron Taylor is credited as 'Big Black Guy' and James D. Turner as ' Even Bigger Black Guy' See more
Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story
DO YOU WANNA FUNK
by Patrick Cowley & Sylvester
Performed by Sylvester
Courtesy Megatone Records See more