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Coming to America (1988)

An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York City, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.



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It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

29 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Quest  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)


$128,152,301 (USA)

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The instrumental song playing while Prince Akeem is having his royal penis cleaned was sampled into "That's That Sh!t" performed by Snoop Dogg feat. R. Kelly in 2006. See more »


When Akeem and Semi arrive in America, Akeem has obviously never heard a certain four-letter "F" word given that he says "What does dumb fuck mean?" in the cab ride and also shouts "Fuck you, too!" gleefully to his neighbors from his apartment fire escape. Yet, when the criminal (Samuel L. Jackson) attempts to hold up McDowell's and uses the same foul language, Akeem tells him to watch his language. However, Akeem could (and most likely would) have figured out the real meaning of the "F" word while he was staying in America. See more »


[first lines]
Rose Bearer: Good morning, Your Highness.
Rose Bearer: Good morning, Your Highness.
Rose Bearer: Good morning, Your Highness.
Oha: Happy birthday, Your Highness.
Prince Akeem: [thinks] Yes, it *is* my birthday.
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Gotta love this off the wall comedy
29 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Eddie Murphy is the Prince of Zamunda, he is very wealthy and very pampered. When he refuses to marry the bride his father has arranged for him, he goes to Queens to find his queen. With his closest companion (Arsenio Hall) they try to blend in with the everyday people of New York, taking jobs as cleaners in a local burger bar.

The entire film is packed with slick gags, hilarious characters and delightful parody. Coming to American is a romantic comedy that entertains you again and again, and Eddie Murphy is on top form throughout.

Recommended 7/10

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