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Coming to America (1988)

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

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Oha
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Feather ...
Stephanie Simon ...
Rose Bearer
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Felicia Taylor ...
Bather
Midori ...
Bather (as Michele Watley)
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Raymond D. Turner ...
T-Shirt Hawker
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Billi Gordon ...
Large Woman
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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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This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America. See more »

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29 June 1988 (USA)  »

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The Quest  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$128,152,300 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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In the scene at the Black Awareness Week rally (in the gym), the characters Reverend Brown and Randy Watson are also being played by Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy, respectively. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) When Lisa throws the earrings back at Akeem, she throws them overhand in a downward direction, too low for Akeem to have caught them without bending down. When we see a shot of Akeem, he catches the earrings at his waist level, and the earrings are seen tossed upward as if underhand. 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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Soundtracks

That's The Way It Is
Written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken & Pete Waterman
Performed by Mel & Kim
A Stock, Aitken, Waterman Production
Courtesy of The Supreme Record Company Ltd.
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Murphy and Hall shine
13 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It must take a lot of hard work to play multi characters film,and the hard work of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall really pay off.They take a very unique idea for a film,play most of the characters in it,and the results are nothing short of hilarious.Murphy plays (among others), Prince Akeem of Zumunda.Akeem,discouraged with the arranged marriage tradition of his beloved country,seeks to find the true meaning of love in America.The typical fish out of water style here is worked to perfection by Murphy,as well as Hall.Also excellent are James Earl Jones(as always),and Madge Sinclair as King Jaffe and Queen Aoleon, Akeem's parents.Jones and Sinclair would later portray husband and wife again 6 years later,as the parents of Simba in The Lion King,a little trivia for those of you who may not have known.There is a clever tie-in involving Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy,portraying their characters from another Murphy film,Trading Places.A unique story,great character acting and a great supporting cast make Coming to America great fun to watch.


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