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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,348,200, 12 June 1983

Gross USA:

$90,404,800
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Trivia

Winthorpe's watch, a "Rouchefoucauld", is named after French writer François de La Rochefoucauld. Winthorpe names six cities, with the intention that the watch tells six different time zones, which is not the case. Monte Carlo, Paris, Rome, and Gstaad all share the same time zone, so the watch tells only three. See more »

Goofs

In the park after the 2 cops expose Billy Ray, the cop on the right is standing with his legs slightly apart facing the camera. The shot from behind shows him standing with his hips to the right, one leg behind the other. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Coleman: [holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep] Your breakfast, sir.
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Crazy Credits

Ron Taylor is credited as 'Big Black Guy' and James D. Turner as ' Even Bigger Black Guy' See more »

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Referenced in Step by Step: Trading Places (1993) See more »

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OUT OF THE SHEETS-INTO THE STREETS
Written and Performed by David C. Williams (as Dave Williams)
Courtesy A.V.I. Records, Inc.
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Murphy and Aykroyd are Perfect!
31 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

When it comes to great comic films, nobody recalls the magic between Murphy and Aykroyd in Trading Places. In the early 80's Eddie Murphy was considered the funniest black comedian next to Richard Pryor. Dan Aykroyd was one of the all time great cast members of Saturday Night Live. Both actors started on SNL and were ready to make their career in films. Trading Places is an example of a perfect comedy. It is funny yes, but there is so much more. With its story, the acting, and the political, racial, and economical plots in the film add to its greatness. One of the best comedies to come out of the 1980's, it stands as one of Eddie Murphy's best earlier films as well as Aykroyd's performances as a character actor. A wonderful and somewhat good family film. If you're that kind of family that is.


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