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Coming to America (1988)

R  |   |  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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This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America. See more »

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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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The South African band that sang during the opening credits was Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the same band that sang with Paul Simon a few years earlier on the tracks "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes," and "Homeless," featured on his Grammy Award winning album "Graceland." 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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Written by Michael Rodgers & Lloyd Tolbert
Performed by Michael Rodgers
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Eddie Murphy's greatest movie.
7 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If "Trading Places" is Dan Ackroyd's greatest movie, then "Coming to America" is Eddie Murphy's greatest movie, and for much the same reasons. Although the movie may be considered a comedy, and indeed has its humorous moments, the theme of this movie is quite serious. For it's about a man who is willing to sacrifice money, privilege, power, and position in quest for personal happiness. This is a powerful role and Eddie Murphy is great in this role. This movie is proof that when given the chance, a comic actor like Eddie Murphy is capable of playing a complex character that is central to a story. The producers of this movie evidently knew that in Eddie Murphy they had a actor around whom they could create an excellent movie, and with this movie they were right.


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