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Writers:
Timothy Harris (written by) &
Herschel Weingrod (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They're not just getting rich... They're getting even. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Great Early Vehicle for Eddie Murphy See more (145 total) »

Cast

  (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)
George Folsey Jr. ... Extra (uncredited)

John Landis ... Man with briefcase (uncredited)

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

Arleen Sorkin ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Ronald Sylvers ... Rolls Royce Driver (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
 
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)
Michael Sweney .... assistant location manager
Mitchell Tadross .... production assistant
Victoria Theodore .... assistant auditor
Nathalie Vadim .... production assistant (as Nathalie Plemiannikov)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
116 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Norway:12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #26982) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "other" Santa Claus is Mike Strug, a television reporter who still works for a network affiliate in the city of Philadelphia.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mortimer Duke is signing the paychecks, at least one of the shots is flipped horizontally. At first he signs with his left hand, then his right, then his left again. The part in his hair changes sides as well.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Coleman:[holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep] Your breakfast, sir.
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OVERTURE, MARRIAGE OF FIGAROSee more »

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47 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Great Early Vehicle for Eddie Murphy, 22 June 2005
Author: Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) from Los Angeles, California

This is probably one of the funniest films of the 1980's. It not only is a play on the classic nature vs. nurture theme, but it is also a somewhat comedic commentary on the "greed is good" decade of the 80's. However, it is also a nice bridging of the generations as it features two of the biggest stars to come from "Saturday Night Live" Eddie Murphy does a fine job as con man Billy Ray and Dan Ackroyd is great as Louis. Jamie Lee Curtis is also wonderful as Ophelia. In fact, it was good to see her do something other than the "scream queen" roles which she became famous for during the early part of her career. She definitely shows the comedic timing that she would display later in her career and would make her one of the finest comedic actresses in film today. However, the one that really steals it for me is Denholm Elliot as Coleman. He delivers a very low key performance that is befitting for that role. This is a real gem.

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