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Trading Places -- The fun begins when the rich and greedy Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet over whether born loser Valentine (Eddie Murphy) could become as successful as the priggish Winthorpe (Dan Akroyd) if circumstances were reversed.


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Timothy Harris (written by) &
Herschel Weingrod (written by)
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8 June 1983 (USA) See more »
They're not just getting rich... They're getting even. See more »
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Denholm Elliott ... Coleman

Dan Aykroyd ... Louis Winthorpe III
Maurice Woods ... Duke & Duke Employee
Richard D. Fisher Jr. ... Duke & Duke Employee
Jim Gallagher ... Duke & Duke Employee
Anthony DiSabatino ... Duke & Duke Employee
Bonnie Behrend ... Duke & Duke Employee
Sunnie Merrill ... Duke & Duke Employee
James Newell ... Duke & Duke Employee (as Jim Newell)
Mary St. John ... Duke & Duke Employee
Bonnie Tremena ... Duke & Duke Employee
David Schwartz ... Duke & Duke Employee

Ralph Bellamy ... Randolph Duke

Don Ameche ... Mortimer Duke
Tom Degidon ... Duke Domestic
William Magerman ... Duke Domestic
Alan Dellay ... Duke Domestic
Florence Anglin ... Duke Domestic
Ray D'Amore ... Duke Domestic
Bobra Suiter ... Duke Domestic
Herb Peterson ... Duke Domestic
Sue Dugan ... Duke Domestic
Walt Gorney ... Duke Domestic
B. Constance Barry ... Duke Domestic
P. Jay Sidney ... Heritage Club Doorman

Eddie Murphy ... Billy Ray Valentine
Avon Long ... Ezra

Tom Mardirosian ... Officer Pantuzzi
Charles Brown ... Officer Reynolds

Robert Curtis Brown ... Todd (as Robert Curtis-Brown)

Nicholas Guest ... Harry

John Bedford Lloyd ... Andrew (as John Bedford-Lloyd)
Tony Sherer ... Philip
Robert Earl Jones ... Attendant
Robert E. Lee ... Cop #1
Peter Hock ... Cop #2
Kristin Holby ... Penelope Witherspoon

Clint Smith ... Doo Rag Lenny

Ron Taylor ... Big Black Guy
James D. Turner ... Even Bigger Black Guy

Giancarlo Esposito ... Cellmate #2
Steve Hofvendahl ... Cellmate #3

James Eckhouse ... Guard

Paul Gleason ... Clarence Beeks
Gwyllum Evans ... President of Heritage Club

Frank Oz ... Corrupt Cop

Eddie Jones ... Cop #3
John McCurry ... Cop #4
Michelle Mais ... Hooker #1 (as Michele Mais)
Barra Kahn ... Hooker #2

Bill Cobbs ... Bartender
Joshua Daniel ... Party Goer

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Ophelia
Jacques Sandulescu ... Creepy Man
W.B. Brydon ... Bank Manager
Margaret H. Flynn ... Duke & Duke Receptionist

Kelly Curtis ... Muffy
Tracy K. Shaffer ... Constance
Susan Fallender ... Bunny

Bo Diddley ... Pawnbroker
Alfred Drake ... President of Exchange
Lucianne Buchanan ... President's Mistress
Paul Garcia ... Jr. Executive #1
Jed Gillin ... Jr. Executive #2
Jimmy Raitt ... Ophelia's Client
Kate Taylor ... Duke's Secretary

Philip Bosco ... Doctor

Bill Boggs ... Newscaster

James Belushi ... Harvey
Deborah Reagan ... Harvey's Girlfriend

Al Franken ... Baggage Handler #1

Tom Davis ... Baggage Handler #2

Don McLeod ... Gorilla
Stephen Stucker ... Stationmaster

Richard Hunt ... Wilson
Paul Austin ... Trader #1
John Randolph Jones ... Trader #2
Jack Davidson ... Trader #3
Bernie McInerney ... Trader #4
Maurice Copeland ... Secretary of Agriculture (as Maurice D. Copeland)
Ralph Clanton ... Official #1

Bryan Clark ... Official #2
Gary Howard Klar ... Longshoreman (as Gary Klar)

Afemo Omilami ... Longshoreman
Shelly Chee Chee Hall ... Monica
Donna Palmer ... Gladys

Barry Dennen ... Demitri
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Bandel ... Man at Police Station (uncredited)
Peter Fey ... Extra (uncredited)
George Folsey Jr. ... Extra (uncredited)

John Landis ... Man with briefcase (uncredited)
Shirley Levine ... Bag Lady (uncredited)

Charles Pendelton ... Cop (uncredited)
Yvonna Russell ... Girl in Park (uncredited)

Arleen Sorkin ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Ronald Sylvers ... Rolls Royce Driver (uncredited)
Marlene Willoughby ... Woman passed out on Couch at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
Timothy Harris (written by) &
Herschel Weingrod (written by)

Produced by
George Folsey Jr. .... executive producer
Aaron Russo .... producer
Irwin Russo .... associate producer
Sam Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
Production Design by
Gene Rudolf 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George DeTitta)
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist
Jack Engel .... makeup artist
Jay Cannistraci .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Christopher Cronyn .... assistant production manager
William C. Gerrity .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Folsey Jr. .... second unit director
Linda Montanti .... second assistant director
Mindy Ordan .... dga trainee
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard T. Allen .... shop craftsman (as Richard Allen)
Henry Bauer .... shop craftsman
Billy Bishop .... props (as William Bishop)
William Chaiken .... scenic
Linda Conaway-Parsloe .... assistant art director (as Linda Conaway)
Tony Gamiello .... set dresser (as Anthony Gamiello)
Sue Gandy .... buyer
Michael Gerrity .... construction grip
Pete Grippaldi .... construction grip (as Peter Grippaldi)
Richard Guinness Jr. .... construction grip
Richard Guinness .... construction grip
Ronald Paquette Jr. .... shop craftsman
Bruce J. Paquette .... shop craftsman
Eugene Powell .... master scenic artist (as Gene Powell)
Jimmy Raitt .... property master
Bruno Robotti .... scenic
Leslie Salter-Griffin .... scenic
Dave Weinman .... set dresser (as David Weinman)
Robert Wilson Sr. .... props (as Robert Wilson)
Sound Department
Neil Burrow .... foley editor
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (as Sam Crutcher)
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist (as Frank J. Graziadei)
Maggie Greenwald .... adr assistant
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Larry Mann .... sound editor
Chuck Neely .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Richardson .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
James Sabat .... sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Larry Singer .... adr editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy (as Jerry W. DeBlau)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer
Jon Fauer .... second camera operator
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Vincent Guarriello .... dolly grip (as Vince Guarriello)
Jim Hovey .... assistant camera: second unit (as James Hovey)
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator (as Richard Kratina)
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera
Hank Muller .... first assistant camera
Steve Nallan .... second grip (as Steven Nallan)
William J. Nallan .... grip (as William Nallan)
Warren Rothenberger .... camera operator: second unit
Donald Sweeney .... camera operator
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Sal Martorano .... electrician (uncredited)
Scott Rathner .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cynthia Neil .... assistant extras casting
Bernard Styles .... extras casting
Gary M. Zuckerbrod .... casting assistant (as Gary Zuckerbrod)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gary Jones .... assistant costume designer
William Loger .... wardrobe: men
Teresa Alba Schipani .... wardrobe: women
Guy Tanno .... costumer
Editorial Department
Margaret Adachi .... assistant editor
Jill Demby .... assistant editor
Lori Hollingshead .... assistant editor (as Lorinda Hollingshead)
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Emily Paine .... assistant editor
Peck Prior .... apprentice editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Location Management
Michael Sweney .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Peter Bernstein .... orchestrator
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music recording engineer
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Jim Barr .... assistant auditor
Leslie Belzberg .... assistant: George Folsey
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor
Martha Burczyk .... assistant office coordinator
Lucia Butts .... production assistant
Anthony C. Castelbuono .... provider: Phantom V Rolls Royce Limousine
Patrick J. Feerick .... teamster
Cornelius Forrest .... teamster
Christopher T. Gerrity .... production assistant (as Christopher Gerrity)
Maureen Hudson-Murari .... assistant auditor (as Maureen Hudson)
Larry Kirsch .... production assistant
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator
Reggie Life .... intern: AFI (as Regge Life)
Scott MacQueen .... production assistant
Charles Miller .... production assistant
Edward Mulhern .... teamster
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Tom O'Brien .... teamster captain
Thomas Reilly .... teamster
Randi Rosen .... production assistant (as Randy Rosen)
David Schwartz .... locations: Philadelphia
Lucille Smith .... production auditor (as Lucille Cannon)
Randee Lois Smith .... assistant: John Landis (as Randee Smith)
Mitchell Tadross .... production assistant
Victoria Theodore .... assistant auditor
Nathalie Vadim .... production assistant (as Nathalie Plemiannikov)
John Hanemann .... thanks
David Jones .... thanks
Rachel Landis .... thanks
Mel Lazarus .... thanks
Jim McHale .... thanks
Charlie Rasher .... thanks
Frank Siciliano .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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116 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 (2016) | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #26982) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

In 2010, as part of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act, which was to regulate financial markets, a rule was included which barred anyone from using secret inside information to corner markets, similar to what the Duke brothers tried to do in the movie. Since the movie inspired this rule, it has since become known as the Eddie Murphy Rule.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Billy Ray is in the limo, Randolph Duke introduces himself and Billy Ray asks if the name Randolph is like Randy Jackson of the Jackson 5. Randy was not a member of the Jackson 5. He did not join the group until they became The Jacksons.See more »
[first lines]
Coleman:[holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep] Your breakfast, sir.
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61 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious... best movie either Ackroyd or Murphy have done., 3 May 2005
Author: the-jerk from Newark, DE

I skimmed over the comments to this movie and was heartened to see that so many people love it like I do. It just doesn't seem to be considered by the mainstream to be in the same league as, say, "Beverly Hills Cop" or "Coming to America" when talking about Eddie Murphy's movies, but the fact is that this is hands down his funniest part ever. And Dan Ackroyd is equally hilarious as the (at first) repulsively elitist Louis Winthorpe III. Add the stellar supporting cast, particularly Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy as the Dukes, Paul Gleason as the slimy Clarence Beeks, Jamie Lee Curtis as Ophelia, your standard hooker with a heart of gold (rarely done as well as here), and Denholm Elliott as Coleman the butler, and you hit a rich vein of comedy gold.

The plot is a classic farce situation. The Duke brothers, who clearly feel they are above everybody else, make a bet, for one dollar, over whether anybody regardless of breeding can, in the right environment, become an upper-crust gentleman. So as an experiment to see which one is right, they work circumstances so that the rich Louis Winthorpe III is turned into a miserly bum, while they have Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) take his place. He takes over Louis's job, his house, and his standing in the community. Realistic? Well, no, not really, but this is a farce, so it doesn't really have to be. It is, however, hilarious, which is exactly what a farce should be.

If there's a running theme in this movie, it is duplicity and mistaken identity. People are constantly being mistaken for something they are not, or forced into a situation where they become something they are not. We see this happen not only with the two main characters in the basic plot, but also with Billy Ray pretending to be a Vietnam veteran, then a karate master; Louis, who despite all appearances as a wimp, claims to have stood up to Billy Ray during their earliest encounter in the movie, when he actually hands Billy Ray his suitcase, setting him up for an arrest, when he was not actually trying to steal anything; Ophelia, who for a price pretends to know Louis outside the police station, further besmirching his name; all three plus Coleman, who each dresses up as a different hilarious ethnic character to trick Clarence Beeks; and Beeks, who in a subsequent scene is mistaken for an actual gorilla because he's wearing a costume (Al Franken and Tom Davis as the baggage handlers, marveling over how human the "gorilla" appears, are priceless).

Eventually, Billy Ray finds out what is going on, and gets together with Louis to turn the tables on the Dukes. Ophelia (who has fallen for Louis) and Coleman (who feels guilty and used over his part in the whole ruse) help them out. Do they get their revenge? Watch the movie and find out. It will be well worth your while. This is easily the funniest movie either Ackroyd or Murphy have ever done (its only real competition in this regard is "The Blues Brothers") and to think this was originally meant as a vehicle for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor is odd, because it's hard to imagine either of them in the parts done so well by Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy. John Landis keeps the pace going at a nice fast speed, and being a native Philadelphian, the locales and opening montage (including a scene of the Rocky statue) are a kick. But of course you'll love this movie even if you're not from Philly.

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