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Coming to America (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  29 June 1988 (USA)
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An African prince goes to Queens, New York City 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 <>

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Release Date:

29 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un príncipe en Nueva York  »

Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)


$128,152,301 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The bums that receive the money from Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) drops are the "Duke Brothers" (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) from Trading Places (1983) (also directed by John Landis). In that movie, Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) was responsible for The Dukes losing their fortune. See more »


When the cab picks up the pair from the airport, you can see the camera mount on the hood of the cab. When they arrive at the apartment building, the mount is no longer visible. 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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Probably the funniest movie ever
27 January 2004 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I had to buy it on DVD... I saw this movie about 100 time on VHS and I felt this movie has to make part of my "digital-collection". I saw it first time in theatre in the out-coming-year and the gags influenced my whole youth. Even nowadays (I'm 27 years old) I often talk about this movie with my friends. I simply love it like all the Eddie-Movies till and including "Boomerang".

Where's the spoon? Aha...........

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