Coming to America (1988) Poster


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Putera (1995)


Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Eddie Murhpy sings and swings around a lamppost
The Ten Commandments (1956)
During the introduction of Akeems "wife to be" he is offered a dance ritual by her kingdom's natives. This scene references The Ten Commandments when Moses brings the gifts of Ethiopia to King Seti.
Gilligan's Island (1964) (TV Series)
That's My Mama (1974) (TV Series)
Roots (1977) (TV Mini-Series)
Trading Places (1983)
Randolph and Mortimer Duke appear homeless and Eddie Murphy gives them a large amount of money to get them off the streets.
Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) (Video)
Uses same dance as Thriller but at a higher tempo
Babar (1989) (TV Series)
Akeem greets and passes a baby elephant by the same name.

Referenced in 

Valerie: Coming to America (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) (TV Movie)
Siskel and Ebert quarrel about the film (in an archive clip).
Robot Ninja (1989)
movie poster
Press Gang: Rock Solid (1990) (TV Episode)
There is a poster for the film outside of the cinema.
There's Nothing Out There (1991)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Terminator 2 (1991)
The comands John tells the T-800 are the same comands Prince Akeem says to his brides
In Living Color: The Jackson Bunch (1991) (TV Episode)
Arsenio Hall mentions to Eddie Murphy he could be Art Buchwald who sued over the film
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Lion King (1994)
James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclar play the King and Queen!
Father Ted: Going to America (1998) (TV Episode)
Episode name "Going to America" is a reference to the name of this movie, "Coming to America".
I Got the Hook Up (1998)
At 42:51 when Blue is sleeping he says, "they're gonna put me on fries and that's when I'll start making the big bucks" which is a quote from Louis Anderson's character in Coming to America.
Hype Williams: The Videos, Vol. 1 (2002) (Video)
The video "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" references numerous scenes from the film
Drumline (2002)
Chappelle's Show: Episode #1.9 (2003) (TV Episode)
Mr. roboto calls Beautiful 'a broke-ass Sexual Chocolate'
CreepTales (2004) (Video)
poster in video store window
Fade to Black (2004)
Kanye West references "Sexual Chocolate"
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Poster for this movie on the wall of Deuce's room.
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
Mentioned as one of the films Rick Baker did the make up and costumes for.
Crossover (2006)
when answering the phone, Vaughn refers to himself as Sexual Chocolate (the name of the band from this movie)
Daymaker (2007)
"like a bird"
Juno (2007)
Hamburger phone
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced in introducing Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Pluto Nash (2009) (TV Episode)
Film Brain finds a copy in his attache
The Simpsons: Coming to Homerica (2009) (TV Episode)
title reference
Bad Movie Beatdown: Beverly Hills Cop III (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned as another film John Landis made with Eddie Murphy
Cleanflix (2009)
DVD cover
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.63 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "The Funnyman Who Played..."
The Cleveland Show: The Curious Case of Jr. Working at the Stool (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Donkey sings "The Greatest Love of All," for the witches. Eddie Murphy did the same in this film, as well.
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Anthony Mackie (2010) (TV Episode)
Anthony Mackie mentions this movie during interview
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Dulé Hill (2010) (TV Episode)
Dulé Hill mentions this movie during interview
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.64 (2011) (TV Episode)
Queen Latifah says she would be interested in marrying a prince only if he were from Zamunda, referring to the country in the film
Simpsons: The XXX Parody (2011) (Video)
Moe cmpares to himself the 'Eddie Murphy''s character in Coming to America (1988)
10 pelis (2011)
Talked about
Tosh.0: Bad Breakdancer (2012) (TV Episode)
Tosh mentions McDowell's when talking about McDonald's
The Cleveland Show: The Men in Me (2012) (TV Episode)
Video seen in Blackbuster Video
American Dad!: Ricky Spanish (2012) (TV Episode)
Stan asks Tungee if he by any chance is the "Prince of Zamunda".
The Apprentice: And the Winner Is ... (2012) (TV Episode)
Movie mentioned by Donald Trump when introducing Arsenio
Blackcatloner Reviews: Norbit (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned among Eddie Murphy's good movies.
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Serpico (2013) (TV Episode)
Blu-ray release
Bad Movie Beatdown: Shameful Sequel Beatdown: Nutty Professor II - The Klumps (2013) (TV Episode)
another film where Eddie Murphy plays multiple roles
Brows Held High: Yeelen (2013) (TV Episode)
a film about an African person in Africa
Dear White People (2014)
Gabe asks to get a little credit for naming the fictional country of Zumunda from this film.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 June 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Jemele Hill and Michael Smith wear t-shirts with scenes from the movie
Bloodworks: The Deformities of Gabe Bartalos (2014) (TV Episode)
Gabe mentions working with Rick Baker on the Eddie Murphy film.
Dawg Fight (2015)
Title mentioned
Workaholics: Trivia Pursuits (2015) (TV Episode)
Ders: "Freeze, you diseased rhinoceros pizzle!"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 3 April 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
title mentioned in discussion of Eddie Murphy movies
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 April 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jemele Hill
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 May 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Bill O'Reilly/Snoop Dogg (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy shows a still, comparing Beyoncé's recent evening gown to one from the film
The Carmichael Show: Protest (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Bryan Cranston/Rachel Maddow/Andrea Bocelli (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy mentions that Jay Z and Beyoncé were costumed as characters from the movie for Halloween
A Prince for Christmas (2015) (TV Movie)
The plot borrows a lot of details from the Eddie Murphy film
Blackcatloner: How You Doin'? (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned among Eddie Murphy's good movies.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.32 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as a possible answer to a question about the movie in which Eddie Murphy plays multiple characters asked when Kim and the Chaser go head to head.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Mike and Dave hold auditions for prospective dates in a seedy bar
Fresh Off the Boat: Coming from America (2016) (TV Episode)
title reference
Almost Christmas (2016)
When Evan first goes out to Cameron's car, he hugs him and asks if he's put "Soul Glo" in his hair.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.103 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "The King of Comedy" category
Mixxxer Show: Sára Sandeva (2017) (TV Episode)
Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.22 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned in discussion of movies that you would rather watch than A Christmas Story for 24 hours

Featured in 

100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clip shown.
HBO First Look: The Making of 'Dr. Dolittle 2' (2001) (TV Episode)
clips shown
I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1988 (2003) (TV Episode)
Clips from the film are shown while the cast comment on it.
Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
I Love the 80's 3-D: 1983 (2005) (TV Episode)
They feature clips from this movie in the 1983 episode when they talk about the jheri curl.
Inside the Actors Studio: Eddie Murphy (2006) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Observe & Report/Gigantic/Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) (TV Episode)
"The Art of the Spit Take" segment
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Taking of Pelham 123/Imagine That/Moon (2009) (TV Episode)
Common's #3 Favorite Film.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Music in the Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
Common's #3 Favorite Film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.56 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Eddie Murphy films
Hollywood's Top Ten: Multiple Roles (2011) (TV Episode)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: President Barack Obama/Yo-Yo Ma & Friends (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Eddie Murphy films
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.27 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Eddie Murphy films
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: Rick Baker: Monster Maker (2013) (TV Episode)
Eddie Murphy's Old Jewish Man makeup is shown, along with a clip from the movie and discussion of Murphy's approach to acting in makeup.
V.H.S. (2013) (TV Movie)
A small scene is shown from an old VHS tape.


Spoofed in 

Survivor Series (1998) (TV Special)
The New Age Outlaws imitate the Rocky Marciano discussion scene.
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: My Fair Mandy (2005) (TV Episode)
Principal Goodvibes' introduction song parodies when Oha announces the courtship of Akeem and his wife through song
The Perfect Queen (2010) (Short)
Plot is referenced
Tosh.0: Fart Bus Kid (2011) (TV Episode)
Scene at the Barbershop.

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