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Coming to America (1988)

 -  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 <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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29 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Un príncipe en Nueva York  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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$128,152,301 (USA)
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Trivia

John Landis:  [SYNW]  on a movie poster in the subway station (the movie claims to star Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared in Landis' Trading Places (1983)). Another poster is visible in Ophelia's apartment. See more »

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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 »

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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At the beginning the camera zooms into and then past the mountain peak of the Paramount Pictures logo to reveal the Kingdom of Zamunda in the forests behind it. See more »


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Another Great Comedy Starring Eddie Murphy
14 December 2002 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

After several years of starring in rowdy action comedies and con man capers, Eddie Murphy gets a chance to deliver a more restrained performance with this film and he manages to do so very well. Murphy portrays Akeem, an African prince who is being pressured into a forced marriage by his parents (James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair). The woman that they have chosen for him only sees him for his royalty and therefore does not really love him. Akeem sees this right away and brings his loyal servant, Semi (Arsenio Hall) along with him on a discreet mission to America where Akeem hopes to find a beautiful woman who will love him and accept him for who he really is and not just see him for his royalty. Posing as "common folk", Akeem and Semi get jobs at a McDonald's style restaurant and Akeem soon falls for the daughter (Shari Headley) of the restaurant's owner (John Amos). The film features many hilarious scenes and characters especially a group of boxing obsessed senior citizens who spend their days arguing with a barber shop owner. Murphy and Hall demonstrate their levels of versatility by managing to go under heavy makeup and portray several different costarring roles. Yet another example of why Murphy is one of the funniest actors in recent Hollywood history.


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