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Trading Places (1983)

R | | Comedy | 8 June 1983 (USA)
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Coleman
... Louis Winthorpe III
Maurice Woods ... Duke & Duke Employee
Richard D. Fisher Jr. ... Duke & Duke Employee
Jim Gallagher ... Duke & Duke Employee
Anthony DiSabatino ... Duke & Duke Employee
Bonnie Behrend ... Duke & Duke Employee
Sunnie Merrill ... Duke & Duke Employee
James Newell ... Duke & Duke Employee (as Jim Newell)
Mary St. John ... Duke & Duke Employee
Bonnie Tremena ... Duke & Duke Employee
David Schwartz ... Duke & Duke Employee
... Randolph Duke
... Mortimer Duke
Tom Degidon ... Duke Domestic
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Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it's a person's environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe's job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Take two complete strangers, make one of them rich the other poor... just watch the fun while they're... TRADING PLACES See more »

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8 June 1983 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,348,200, 12 June 1983

Gross USA:

$90,404,800
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1.85 : 1
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While disguised as Lionel, a Rastafarian, Louis makes mention of Haile Selassie who was emperor of Ethiopia for 44 years and is considered one of the fathers of the Rastafari religion. See more »

Goofs

When Billy Ray comes out of jail, after of being bailed out, the Dukes confirm that they bailed out Billy Ray before he gets in to the car. After they get in the car they say, "We had the charges dropped". If the Dukes dropped the charges there would be no need to pay the bail. See more »

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[first lines]
Coleman: [holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep] Your breakfast, sir.
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Written and Performed by The Silhouettes
Courtesy Bulldog Records, Ltd.
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Good, well written comedy
12 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

One of the best comedies of the 1980's, this stars Eddie Murphy in one of his best roles alongside Dan Aykroyd. The plot is great, a poor, homeless man who has resorted to a life of crime (Murphy) and an upper class yuppie involved in the stock market (Aykroyd) trade places when two devious brothers (Aykroyd's employees) have a bet. This is a very well written, well acted, and well executed comedy, that makes you laugh, but also grips you with a strong plot. Also has a satisfying ending.


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