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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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Stephanie Simon ...
Rose Bearer
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Felicia Taylor ...
Bather
Midori ...
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T-Shirt Hawker
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Billi Gordon ...
Large Woman
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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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Comedy | Romance

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29 June 1988 (USA)  »

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The Quest  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$128,152,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,600,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 23 mins) The Concorde SST is shown briefly as the plane on which Akeem journeys to America. It was the only commercial plane capable of flight exceeding Mach 2, tickets were expensive, and it was retired in 2003. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) When Lisa gets off the subway after Akeem confronts her, the station is virtually empty. When the subway speeds away, a large group of people, most likely a crowd watching filming take place, can be seen reflected in the windows. 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 closing credits lists the Zamundan Film Commission. See more »

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Referenced in Dear White People (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Coming To America
Written by Nile Rodgers and Nancy Huang
Performed by The System
Produced by Nile Rodgers, Mic Murphy & David Frank
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Another Great Comedy Starring Eddie Murphy
14 December 2002 | by 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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