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Writers (WGA):
Eddie Murphy (story)
David Sheffield (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 June 1988 (USA) See more »
This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America. See more »
An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Wonderful movie! See more (125 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eddie Murphy ... Prince Akeem / Clarence / Randy Watson / Saul

Arsenio Hall ... Semmi / Extremely Ugly Girl / Morris / Reverend Brown

James Earl Jones ... King Jaffe Joffer

John Amos ... Cleo McDowell

Madge Sinclair ... Queen Aoleon

Shari Headley ... Lisa McDowell
Paul Bates ... Oha

Eriq La Salle ... Darryl Jenks

Frankie Faison ... Landlord

Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Imani Izzi (as Vanessa Bell)

Louie Anderson ... Maurice

Allison Dean ... Patrice McDowell
Sheila Johnson ... Lady-in-Waiting

Jake Steinfeld ... Cab Driver

Calvin Lockhart ... Colonel Izzi

Samuel L. Jackson ... Hold-Up Man
Feather ... Rose Bearer
Stephanie Simon ... Rose Bearer

Garcelle Beauvais ... Rose Bearer

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Basketball Game Vendor

Elaine Kagan ... Telegraph Lady

Don Ameche ... Mortimer Duke

Ralph Bellamy ... Randolph Duke

Clint Smith ... Sweets

Victoria Dillard ... Bather / Dancer
Felicia Taylor ... Bather
Midori ... Bather (as Michele Watley)
Raymond D. Turner ... T-Shirt Hawker
Billi Gordon ... Large Woman

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Boy Getting Haircut
Uncle Ray Murphy ... Stu

Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Street Hustler (as Ruben Hudson)
Paulette Banoza ... Soul Glo Woman

Clyde Jones ... Soul Glo Man (as Clyde R. Jones)
Patricia Matthews ... Devil Woman
Mary Bond Davis ... Big Stank Woman
Kara Young ... Stuck-Up Girl
Karen Owens ... Ex-Siamese Twin / Dancer (as Karen Renee Owens)
Sharon Owens ... Ex-Siamese Twin / Dancer (as Sharon Renee Owens)
Lisa Gumora ... Kinky Girl

June Boykins ... Strange Woman
Janette Colon ... Fresh Peaches
Vanessa Colon ... Sugar Cube
Monique Mannen ... Boring Girl / Dancer
Mindora Mimms ... Awareness Woman
Cynthia Finkley ... Awareness Woman
David Sosna ... Cartier Delivery Man
Arthur Adams ... Mr. Jenks
Loni Kaye Harkless ... Mrs. Jenks
Montrose Hagins ... Grandma Jenks
Tonja Rivers ... Party Guest

Michael Tadross ... Taxi Driver

Steve White ... Subway Guy
Helen Hanft ... Subway Lady
Birdie M. Hale ... Elderly Passenger

Jim Abrahams ... Face on Cutting Room Floor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leah Aldridge ... Dancer
Aurorah Allain ... Dancer
Paula Brown ... Dancer
Dwayne Chattman ... Dancer
Stephanie Clark ... Dancer
Robin Dimension ... Dancer
Shaun Earl ... Dancer
Carla Earle ... Tough Girl, Death Row Inmate's Wife
Eric L. Ellis ... Dancer
Sharon Ferrol-Young ... Dancer
Eric D. Henderson ... Dancer

Gigi Hunter ... Dancer
Debra Johnson ... Dancer

Tanya Lynne Lee ... Dancer

Jimmy Locust ... Dancer
Donna M. Perkins ... Dancer
Dionne Rockhold ... Dancer
Gina Consuela Rose ... Dancer
Randolph Scott ... Dancer
Robbin Tasha-Ford ... Dancer
Jerald Vincent ... Dancer
Eyan Williams ... Dancer

Roy Milton Davis ... Homeless Man Around Garbage Can Bonfire (uncredited)

Dorian DeMichele ... Viola (uncredited)
Alison Gordy ... Blond Hooker / Bag Lady in Fast Food Place (uncredited)
Vincent Harta ... Shop Keeper (uncredited)

Ángel Ramírez ... Subway Patron (uncredited)
Nick Savage ... Toothbrusher (uncredited)

Scott Shepherd ... Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
Eddie Murphy (story)

David Sheffield (screenplay) &
Barry W. Blaustein (screenplay)

Produced by
Leslie Belzberg .... executive producer
George Folsey Jr. .... producer
Mark Lipsky .... executive producer
David Sosna .... associate producer
Robert D. Wachs .... producer
Original Music by
Nile Rodgers 
Cinematography by
Sol Negrin (additional director of photography)
Woody Omens 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell 
George Folsey Jr. 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
Art Direction by
Richard B. Lewis 
Christopher Nowak 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... head makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Bernadine Anderson)
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
Norman Cabrera .... special makeup effects technician: Rick Baker Cinovation
Marie Carter .... assistant makeup artist: Los Angeles
William Howard .... hair stylist
Rolf John Keppler .... makeup artist
Robin LaVigne .... assistant makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Robin Levine)
Margaret Prentice .... special makeup effects artist
Matt Rose .... special makeup effects crew: Cinovation Studios
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair department head
Tim Turner .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Michael Tadross .... unit production manager
William Watkins .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Brescia .... additional second assistant director
Richard Patrick .... second assistant director
Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom .... second second assistant director (as Tracy Rosenthal)
Chris Schutsky .... location assistant director
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Michael-McCloud Thompson .... dga trainee (as Michael-McCloud Thompson)
Nelson Cabrera .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
William Apperson .... construction foreman
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Will Ferrell .... scenic artist
John Lewis .... swing gang: Los Angeles
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser
Andrew Neskoromny .... set designer
Danny Rogers .... signs and graphics
Philip Saccio .... property master
Edward Staten Vance .... construction foreman
Dave Weinman .... leadman
Ron Yates .... set designer
Greg Knapp .... construction medic (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Greg Papalia .... set designer (uncredited)
Phil Roberts .... movie poster illustrator (uncredited)
Drew Struzan .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
James Beshears .... adr supervisor
Paul Timothy Carden .... supervising sound editor
Mike Dobie .... sound editor
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Richard C. Franklin .... supervising sound editor (as Richard C. Franklin Jr.)
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
William Gazecki .... sound re-recording mixer (as William Joyce Gazecki)
Leonard T. Geschke .... sound editor (as Lenny Geschke)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist
Spike Allison Hooper .... assistant sound editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Pamela G. Kimber .... assistant sound editor
Donald J. Malouf .... sound editor (as Don Malouf)
Mel Neiman .... sound processing
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
James Sabat .... sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Charles Ewing Smith .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects
Bill Taylor .... visual effects co-supervisor
Albert Whitlock .... matte painting supervisor
Lindell Blake .... stunts
Alex Brown .... stunts (as Alex A. Brown)
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Peter Hock .... stunts
Carlton Holder .... stunts
John Sherrod .... stunt coordinator
John Ashby .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Carlton Holder .... stunt double: Arsenio Hall (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cambria .... second assistant camera
Philip Caplan .... camera operator
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer: New York
Ken Fisher .... assistant camera
Richie Ford .... electrician
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: New York
Sunny Johnson .... grip
Douglas Knapp .... camera operator (as Douglas H. Knapp)
Eric Leigh .... electrician
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Madelyn Most .... assistant camera
Sol Negrin .... additional cinematographer
Rick Robinson .... assistant camera
Lance Shepherd .... electrician
Rick Fee .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Norman Glasser .... gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rae Lockett .... extras casting assistant
Editorial Department
Faith Jones .... assistant editor
Bob Noland .... color timer (as Bob Nolan)
Li-Shin Yu .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music editor
Jerry Greenberg .... executive producer: soundtrack album
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Wayne Karr .... music recording engineer: songs (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Patrick Hogan .... driver
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
Deborah Ambrosino .... senior milliner
Mattie Caruthers .... script supervisor
Cathy Churchman .... animal trainer
Anthony D'Esposito .... production assistant (1988)
Marilyn Gill .... production assistant
Debra D. Jeffreys .... production assistant
Enrico Mastracchi Manes .... production assistant
Joe McDougall .... production assistant
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
Charles Miller .... location manager: New York
Debbie Schwab .... production coordinator
Tim Sullivan .... parking coordinator
Ginny Warner .... production secretary
Janet L. Wattles .... production accountant
Quincy Z. Gunderson .... location assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prince in New York" - Europe (English title) (video title)
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116 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

All characters in the barber shop (including the Caucasians) are played by Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Clint Smith, and Cuba Gooding Jr.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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78 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful movie!, 26 February 2004
Author: Chromium_5 from Minnesota

The first part of this movie, showing Eddie Murphy's life as an African prince, is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I loved it. The wedding ceremony alone was so funny, I almost fell out of my chair from laughing so hard. I thought this could be one of the funniest movies of all time.

At about the halfway point, though, it stops being a laugh-a-minute riot, and kind of settles down into more of a quiet romance movie. The scene at the basketball game (with the man who worships Murphy) is the last really hilarious thing that happens. After that, it never again reaches the energy of the beginning.

This is not really a bad thing, though: it is still enjoyable from start to finish, even during the quiet parts. It has good actors, and it is fun to watch, and that makes it a great movie. I highly recommend it; it is one of my favorite comedies. I give it 8 out of 10 stars. See it if you haven't.

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