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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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Comedy | Romance

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29 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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 »

Goofs

At the breakfast table, King Jaffe Joffer is surprised by the fact that Prince Akeem has grown a mustache, but later in the movie we see pictures of Akeem on the Zamundan 100-Pound note and on the Zamundan coin (the one he flips to decide whether to go to Los Angeles or New York) with him clearly depicted having a mustache. Unless that version of the money was minted VERY recently, then it's very unlikely for the King to not have noticed back then. Also in the picture of the King, Queen and Akeem seen in the Zamunda exhibit at the museum in New York, the picture shows Akeem with a mustache as well. 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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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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