Edit
Trading Places (1983) Poster

Quotes

Billy Ray Valentine: [watches Louis clean his shotgun] You know, you can't just go around and shoot people in the kneecaps with a double-barreled shotgun 'cause you pissed at 'em.

Louis Winthorpe III: Why not?

Billy Ray Valentine: 'Cause it's called assault with a deadly weapon, you get 20 years for that shit.

Louis Winthorpe III: Listen, do you have any better ideas?

Billy Ray Valentine: Yeah. You know, it occurs to me that the best way you hurt rich people is by turning them into poor people.

Coleman: You have to admit, sir, you didn't like it yourself a bit.

[last lines]

Louis: Looking good, Billy Ray!

Billy Ray: Feeling good, Louis!

Bunny: And she stepped on the ball.

Coleman: [offering Billy Ray a sip from his flask; Coleman dressed as a priest, Billy Ray in African garb] Would you like a sip of whiskey?

Billy Ray Valentine: I do not drink, it is against my religion!

Coleman: Religion is a good thing I say, taken in moderation.

Louis: My God! The Dukes are going to corner the entire frozen orange juice market!

Ophelia: Unless somebody stops them...

Coleman: ...or *beats* them to it.

[all turn and look at him]

Coleman: Egg-nog?

Billy Ray: [posing as "Nenge Mboko," an exchange student from Cameroon] Merry New Year!

Beeks: That's "happy." In this country we say "Happy New Year."

Billy Ray: Oh, ho, ho, thank you for correcting my English which stinks!

Randolph Duke: Money isn't everything, Mortimer.

Mortimer Duke: Oh, grow up.

Randolph Duke: Mother always said you were greedy.

Mortimer Duke: She meant it as a compliment.

Even Bigger Black Guy: It ain't cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving.

Pawnbroker: Burnt my fingers, man.

Louis Winthorpe III: I beg your pardon?

Pawnbroker: Man, that watch is so hot, it's smokin'.

Louis Winthorpe III: Hot? Do you mean to imply stolen?

Pawnbroker: I'll give you 50 bucks for it.

Louis Winthorpe III: Fifty bucks? No, no, no. This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail!

Pawnbroker: You got a receipt?

Louis Winthorpe III: Look, it tells time simultaneously in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, and Gstaad.

Pawnbroker: In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.

Louis Winthorpe III: Just give me the money.

[looking in display case]

Louis Winthorpe III: How much for the gun?

Louis Winthorpe III: I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me. I lost my job, I lost my house, Penelope hated me and it was all because of this terrible, awful Negro.

Louis Winthorpe III: [approaching the New York Commodities Exchange] Think big, think positive, never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That's the other guy's problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series - they don't know what pressure is. In this building, it's either kill or be killed. You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners. One minute you're up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don't go to college and they've repossessed your Bentley. Are you with me?

Billy Ray Valentine: Yeah, we got to kill the motherf... - we got to kill 'em!

Louis Winthorpe III: He was wearing my Harvard tie. Can you believe it? My Harvard tie. Like oh, sure he went to Harvard.

Louis Winthorpe III: Nenge? Nenge Mboko? It is me, Lionel Joseph!

Billy Ray Valentine: Lionel! From the African Education Conference!

Louis Winthorpe III: Yah, mon, I was Director of Cultural Activities at the Haile Selassie Pavilion.

Billy Ray Valentine: I remember the pavilion - we had big fun there!

Both: Boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, hah! Boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, hah!

Billy Ray Valentine: Oh, memories!

Louis Winthorpe III: [after ruining the Dukes] Happy New Year!

Randolph Duke: [hoarsely] Winthorpe.

Mortimer Duke: [stunned] Valentine.

Billy Ray Valentine: Hey! How'd y'all make out today?

Mortimer Duke: How could you do this to us after everything we've done for you?

Billy Ray Valentine: Oh, see, I made Louis a bet here. See, Louis bet me that we couldn't both get rich and put y'all in the poor house at the same time. He didn't think we could do it. I won.

Louis Winthorpe III: [grinning] I lost... One dollar.

Billy Ray Valentine: Thank you, Louis.

Louis Winthorpe III: After you.

Billy Ray Valentine: Certainly.

Randolph Duke: Exactly why do you think the price of pork bellies is going to keep going down, William?

Billy Ray Valentine: Okay, pork belly prices have been dropping all morning, which means that everybody is waiting for it to hit rock bottom, so they can buy low. Which means that the people who own the pork belly contracts are saying, "Hey, we're losing all our damn money, and Christmas is around the corner, and I ain't gonna have no money to buy my son the G.I. Joe with the kung-fu grip! And my wife ain't gonna f... my wife ain't gonna make love to me if I got no money!" So they're panicking right now, they're screaming "SELL! SELL!" to get out before the price keeps dropping. They're panicking out there right now, I can feel it.

Randolph Duke: [on the ticker machine, the price keeps dropping] He's right, Mortimer! My God, look at it!

Billy Ray Valentine: [after breaking a vase] Hey, sorry about that.

Randolph Duke: It's perfectly all right William. It was your vase.

Billy Ray Valentine: That was a cheap vase, right? That was a fake? Right?

Randolph Duke: I believe we paid $35,000. But if I remember correctly, we valued it for the insurance company at $50,000. You see, Mortimer? William has already made us $15,000.

[Coleman, Mortimer, Randolph, and Billy Ray start laughing]

Billy Ray Valentine: You want me to break something else?

Randolph DukeMortimer DukeColeman: NO!

Even Bigger Black Guy: I mean you beatin' 10 cops? You putting a man in the hospital? How come I don't see no bruises on you?

Big Black Guy: Yeah!

Billy Ray Valentine: 'Cause I'm a karate man! And a karate man bruises on the inside! They don't show their weakness. But you don't know that because you're a big Barry White looking motherfucker! So get outta my face!

Billy Ray Valentine: [while acting blind and legless] Hey, baby, what's happening? How are ya doing? Once you have a man with no legs, you never go back, baby. I know what you're thinkin'. You seen "Porgy and Bess"?

[the woman begins to walk away]

Billy Ray Valentine: We can make it, baby! Me and you!... You BITCH!

Louis Winthorpe III: [to Penelope] Those men wanted to have sex with me!

Officer Reynolds: Strip, you little shit, before I tear you a new asshole!

Billy Ray: When I was growing up, if we wanted a Jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub.

Louis: [after giving the secret knock] Who is it?

Billy Ray Valentine: Open the door, man!

Billy Ray Valentine: [on his first day of work] What if I can't do this job, Coleman? What if I'm not what they expected?

Coleman: Just be yourself, sir. Whatever happens, they can't take that away from you.

Billy Ray Valentine: Hey that's the motherf- I mean... that's the gentleman that had me busted.

Ophelia: [Ophelia notices Louis watching her undress] By the way, food and rent aren't the only things around here that cost money. You sleep on the couch.

President of Exchange: [Randolph Duke has just collapsed with shock] Mortimer, your brother is not well. We better call an ambulance.

Mortimer Duke: Fuck him! Now, you listen to me! I want trading reopened right now. Get those brokers back in here! Turn those machines back on!

[shouts - it echoes pathetically throughout the trading hall]

Mortimer Duke: Turn those machines back on!

Randolph Duke: [being wheeled out on a stretcher] Where's Beeks? Where in the hell is Beeks?

Billy Ray Valentine: [to Winthrope] Yeah, I forgot about that guy.

Duke & Duke receptionist: Yes Mr. Valentine, they're waiting for you in the last office down the hall.

Billy Ray Valentine: [Billy Ray is in jail] I wish my bitches would get here. I ain't got time to be sitting in this cell with you.

Even Bigger Black Guy: Where are your bitches, Mr. Big-Time Pimp?

Big Black Guy: Yeah!

Billy Ray Valentine: [to cellmate #2] Didn't I tell you that the phone in my limousine is busted, and I can't get in contact with my bitches?

Cellmate #2: [to the Big Black Guy] Yeah! The phone in the limo was busted. What is ya, ignorant?

Randolph Duke: Ezra. Right on time. I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten your Christmas bonus. There you are.

Ezra: Five dollars. Maybe I'll go to the movies... by myself.

Mortimer Duke: Half of it is from me.

Ezra: Thank you, Mr. Mortimer.

[mouthing silently]

Ezra: Asshole.

Beeks: Hey. Back off! I'll rip out your eyes and piss on your brain.

Billy Ray Valentine: [after demonstrating some fake karate moves] That's called the "quart of blood" technique. You do that, a quart of blood will drop out of a man's body.

Corrupt Cop: [finds a baggie in Winthorpe's coat at his arrest] One cellophane bag...

Louis Winthorpe III: Now that's not mine! I've never seen that before in my life!

Corrupt Cop: [takes some PCP out of the baggie and tastes it] That's PCP! Phencyclidine. Angel dust! You ever seen what this stuff does to kids? You're looking at 3 to 5 mandatory... Louis!

Mortimer Duke: This an outrage! I demand a full investigation!

Randolph Duke: [Valentine overhears the Dukes talking in the bathroom] Pay up, Mortimer. I've won the bet.

Mortimer Duke: Here, one dollar.

Randolph Duke: [chuckling] We took a perfectly useless psychopath like Valentine, and turned him into a successful executive. And during the same time, we turned an honest, hard-working man into a violently, deranged, would-be killer!

[laughs]

Randolph Duke: Now, what are we going to do about taking Winthorpe back and returning Valentine to the ghetto?

Mortimer Duke: I don't want Winthorpe back, after what he's done.

Randolph Duke: You mean, keep *Valentine* on as managing director?

Mortimer Duke: Do you really believe I would have a *nigger* run our family business, Randolph?

Mortimer Duke: [Valentine's eyes widen with outrage] Of course not. Neither would I.

Harvey: Monkey? MONKEY! I'm a fucking gorilla, you clown!

Louis Winthorpe III: Randolph. Mortimer.

Mortimer Duke: Winthorpe, my boy, what have you got for us?

Louis Winthorpe III: Well, it's that time of the month again. Payroll checks for our employees, which require your signatures. And no forgetting to sign the big ones!

Mortimer Duke: We seem to be paying some of our employees an awful lot of money.

Louis Winthorpe III: [laughs] Can't get around the old minimum wage, Mortimer.

Billy Ray Valentine: [watches cops subduing an unruly suspect] May I suggest using your night stick officer?

Billy Ray Valentine: [after Ophelia and Coleman stop Louis from choking Billy Ray]

Billy Ray Valentine: [gasping]

Billy Ray Valentine: It was an experiment... to see how our lives would turn out... the Dukes arranged it... they made a bet.

Coleman: I'm afraid it's true, sir.

Ophelia: I believe him, Louie.

Louis Winthorpe III: The Dukes... ruined my life... over a bet? For how much?

Billy Ray Valentine: A dollar.

Louis Winthorpe III: One dollar... fine. That's the way they want it? No problem.

[cut to Louis cleaning and loading an array of shotguns in the den]

Baggage Handler #1: I'm dressed as uh, as a baggage handler.

Baggage Handler #2: You can imagine how embarrassed I was, when I saw someone at the party with the same costume I had.

Stationmaster: This animal is being routed through to New York. It's care and feeding instructions are on this bill of lading.

Baggage Handler #2: Okay, gotcha.

Stationmaster: Now, I doubt if you'll have any problems, but if you do, there's a tranquilizer gun in the first aid kit.

Baggage Handler #1: Oh, yeah?

Baggage Handler #1: [sniffs] Say, have you guys been drinking?

Baggage Handler #2: Oh no, not us.

Baggage Handler #1: There's enough drunks on this train, already.

Even Bigger Black Guy: It was a stone groove, my man! You are, the most, righteous...

Billy Ray Valentine: Yeah right, just get the fuck out, man! Let's go!

Billy Ray Valentine: [being pushed away by the doorman] Hey, man! I really don't appreciate this! I don't care what it is! A spiced ham! Anything! Some crackers!

[the Dukes enter the building]

Billy Ray Valentine: Thanks a lot. How'd you like a stump up your ass?

Heritage Club Doorman: Stay outta here!

Billy Ray Valentine: You got a lotta soul. 'Preciate it.

Billy Ray: No thanks, guys, I already had breakfast this morning.

Mortimer Duke: This is not a *meal*, Valentine. We are here to TRY to explain to you what is we do here.

Randolph Duke: We are 'commodities brokers', William. Now, what are commodities? Commodities are agricultural products... like coffee that you had for breakfast... wheat, which is used to make bread... pork bellies, which is used to make bacon, which you might find in a 'bacon and lettuce and tomato' sandwich.

[Billy Ray turns and gives a long look at the camera]

Randolph Duke: Randolph

[continuing]

Randolph Duke: And then there are other commodities, like frozen orange juice... and GOLD. Though, of course, gold doesn't grow on trees like oranges.

[chuckles]

Randolph Duke: Clear so far?

Billy Ray: [nodding, smiling] Yeah.

Randolph Duke: Good, William! Now, some of our clients are speculating that the price of gold will rise in the future. And we have other clients who are speculating that the price of gold will fall. They place their orders with us, and we buy or sell their gold for them.

Mortimer Duke: Tell him the good part.

Randolph Duke: The good part, William, is that, no matter whether our clients make money or lose money, Duke & Duke get the commissions.

Mortimer Duke: Well? What do you think, Valentine?

Billy Ray: Sounds to me like you guys a couple of bookies.

Randolph Duke: [chuckling, patting Billy Ray on the back] I told you he'd understand.

Beeks: This is as far as we go. No more cockamamie cigar smoke. No more Swedish meatballs there, tootsie. And no more phony Irish whiskey. No more goddamn jerky beef! The party's over.

Harvey: The party's over? Hey, come on! What do you mean, the party's over? It's not even... ten o'clock, you dummy! Hey, come on, loosen up, man! It's almost New Year's Eve!

[first lines]

Coleman: [holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep] Your breakfast, sir.

Randolph Duke: That man is a product of a poor environment. There's nothing wrong with him, I can prove it.

Mortimer Duke: Of course there's something wrong with him... he's a Negro!

Newscaster on TV: In charge of security, Mr Clarence Beeks of Lyndhurst Security.

Billy Ray Valentine: [speaking in perfect unison with Louis] Clarence Beeks!

Louis Winthorpe III: [speaking in perfect unison with Billy Ray] Clarence Beeks!

Ophelia: The only thing I've got going for me, is this body, this face, and what I got up here. I don't do drugs. And I don't have a pimp.

Louis Winthorpe III: This place is a dump.

Ophelia: But it's cheap, it's clean and it's all mine.

Billy Ray Valentine: Get the fuck out!

See also

Trivia | Goofs | Crazy Credits | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page