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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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Storyline

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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29 June 1988 (USA)  »

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The Quest  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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$128,152,301 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the credits, the fictitious Zamundun Film Commission is thanked. See more »

Goofs

When Lisa McDowell returns the earrings to Prince Akeem, she tosses them to him in an overhand throw (trajectory forward and down). However, in the next shot where Prince Akeem is shown catching the earrings, he catches them coming upwards towards his hand: an underhanded toss. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The "thanks" list in the end credits lists the Zamundan Film Commission. See more »

Connections

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The Greatest Love Of All
Written by Michael Masser & Linda Creed
Performed by Randy Watson & Sexual Chocolate
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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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