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Coming to America (1988)

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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This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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29 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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$128,152,301 (USA)
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Prince Akeem calls one of his pet elephants "Babar." Babar the Elephant is a popular children's book character. See more »

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When the landlord shows the apartment, there are two windows side by side and a third facing the bed (you know this because there is sun light above) suggesting that part of the apartment sticks out. In the next scene, when Akeem is on the balcony, the windows are spaced about two feet apart, and the third window previously mentioned couldn't exist since the building is flush, which you can see when Akeem yells "Good morning my neighbors!" See more »

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[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 »

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Written by Allee Willis & Danny Sembello
Performed by Nona Hendryx
Produced by Mic Murphy, David Frank & Jeff Lorber
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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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