Trading Places (1983) Poster


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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)
Inspired the train scene and stock market manipulation
Hoi Polloi (1935) (Short)
Two rich guys are arguing about what matters most: breeding or upbringing. One bets the other they can take any bum off the street and make him a gentleman.
Man with a Million (1954)
2 old men bet on the effect of making a poor man rich for a month.
Auntie Mame (1958)
Gloria Upson's/Bunny's story ending with "...and she stepped on the ball."
Porgy and Bess (1959)
In one scene, Billy Ray Valentine is riding around on a soapbox with wheels, as Porgy usually does in productions of "Porgy and Bess", but in this case Valentine is only pretending to be disabled. He tries to pick up a woman who ignores him. Calling after her, he says, "I know what you're thinkin' man, - you seen "Porgy and Bess'?"
Silver Streak (1976)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Propoganda from John Landis's fake movie "See You Next Wednesday" are seen in both films
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The restaurant has the same background music from the Chez Paul.
Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy (1982) (TV Movie)
Original book is shown.
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky's statue seen

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Richard Pryor/Ally Sheedy/Rod Hull (1983) (TV Episode)
Richard Pryor mentions seeing the movie
Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) (Video)
Poster is shown in a theater.
Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during the monologue and The Julia Show
Ghostbusters (1984)
Dr. Raymond Stantz/Dan Aykroyd say "I have been in the private business and they demand production"
Jeopardy!: Episode #1.1 (1984) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 clue in the category "Actors & Roles", it was the first-ever clue to deal with film.
Hell (1984) (Video)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Barry Manilow/Chevy Chase & Dan Aykroyd/David Letterman (1985) (TV Episode)
Dan Aykroyd mentions his earlier movie with director John Landis
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Don Ameche/America Morris (1986) (TV Episode)
Don Ameche mentions his previous movie
Cagney & Lacey: Trading Places (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
Coming to America (1988)
Randolph and Mortimer Duke appear homeless and Eddie Murphy gives them a large amount of money to get them off the streets.
Day by Day: Trading Places (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Real Ghostbusters: Trading Faces (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference
My Secret Identity: Trading Places (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Trading Faces (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
There's Nothing Out There (1991)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Sylvester Stallone/Max Alexander/Orson Bean (1991) (TV Episode)
Sylvester Stallone mentions John Landis' earlier movie
Wings: The Customer's Usually Right (1992) (TV Episode)
Brian and Helen discuss the nudity in this movie.
Step by Step: Trading Places (1993) (TV Episode)
episode title
Baywatch: Trading Places (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Movie (1996) (TV Episode)
Caroline tells Richard that the movie shot in front of her house is directed by John Landis and then explains that he also directed Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Trading Places.
Scream (1996)
Family Matters: Trading Places (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
20 Dates (1998)
Happy, Texas (1999)
Behind the 'Scream' (2000) (Video)
Money Is Not Everything (2001)
presents the clash of the rich and the poor
Cousin Skeeter: Trading Places (2001) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Shrek (2001)
It's Like, You Know...: Trading Places (2001) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
So Little Time: Trading Places (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Chappelle's Show: Real Movies & Wu-Tang Financial (2003) (TV Episode)
"This ain't Trading Places, nigga!"
ER: Foreign Affairs (2003) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character
Undeclared: God Visits (2003) (TV Episode)
Marshall says that his nude scenes compilation tape includes Jamie Lee Curtis's nude scenes from the film.
Tripping the Rift: Power to the Peephole (2004) (TV Episode)
Gus wears the same disguise as Jamie Lee Curtis
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Father's Day (2006) (TV Episode)
Rochelle takes the children to the movie
Knocked Up (2007)
The boys talk about Jamie Lee Curtis and when she is showing her boobs in the movie
High School Musical 2 (2007) (TV Movie)
scene in dining room opens with Mr. Evans finishing a story for the entire table with "and she stepped on the ball". This is a reference to the country club scene from "Trading Places".
WWE Raw: Raw Roulette (2008) (TV Episode)
Features the "Trading Places" match with Carlito dressed as Hardcore Holly and Hardcore Holly dressed as Carlito.
iCarly: iPromote Techfoots (2008) (TV Episode)
Carly and Freddie quote the last lines of Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy after their newfound fortune
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.168 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 question
Bad Movie Beatdown: Beverly Hills Cop III (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned as another film John Landis made with Eddie Murphy
Cleanflix (2009)
DVD cover
Peep Show: The Party (2009) (TV Episode)
Jeremy refers to the scene where Curtis takes her top off in front of Aykroyd.
Borderlands (2009) (Video Game)
One of the challenges for buying and selling items is titled "How much for the gun?".
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Final Exam (2010) (TV Episode)
Both use "looking good, feels good".
Party Down: Precious Lights Pre-School Auction (2010) (TV Episode)
Ron says he's Dan Aykroyd to Henry's Eddie Murphy.
How I Met Your Mother: Robots vs. Wrestlers (2010) (TV Episode)
The song sung by the quartet is from the movie.
WWE Raw: 2010 Raw Roulette (2010) (TV Episode)
Features the "Trading Places" match with Goldust dressed as William Regal and William Regal dressed as Goldust.
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Dulé Hill (2010) (TV Episode)
Dulé Hill mentions this movie during interview
Post Mortem with Mick Garris: John Landis (2010) (TV Episode)
Landis mentions his film
Psych: Dead Bear Walking (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Lassiter
Family Guy: Trading Places (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
30 Rock: Plan B (2011) (TV Episode)
Jack says he was going to "Trading Places" Devon
Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV Movie)
Matthew Lillard alludes to it.
Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (Video Game)
"I'm gonna rip your eye out and piss on your brain, you alien dirtbag!"
Happy Endings: Blax, Snake, Home (2011) (TV Episode)
Max mentions the movie
Good Bad Flicks: Masters of the Universe (2011) (TV Episode)
I soliti idioti: Il film (2011)
One character makes a bet, and at the end it is revealed that it was for a paltry sum (1EUR as opposed to 1$).
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) (TV Movie)
title referenced and stills shown
Suits: Discovery (2012) (TV Episode)
Mike to Louis - "Looking good Louis. You're supposed to say feeling good Billy Ray.You know, Trading Places, movie quotes, it's what we do."
Groove High: Trading Places (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Mister recites a monologue from the film verbatim while watching it on television.
Blackcatloner Reviews: Norbit (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned among Eddie Murphy's good movies.
The Exes: Trading Places (2013) (TV Episode)
title reference
My Time with Terror with Jamie Lee Curtis (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 18 December 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discuss their lists of the best Christmas movies
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 June 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned in discussion of Eddie Murphy comedies
The Leftovers: The Garveys at Their Best (2014) (TV Episode)
"Looking good Billy Ray". "Feeling good, Louis"
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Galahad mentions this film to Eggsy when explaining their relationship. Later, Eggsy and Merlin quote from the film with their "Looking good, feeling good!" exchange.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Adnan Virk gives in honorable mention on his list of favorite Christmans movies
Archer: Three to Tango (2015) (TV Episode)
Lana says of Archer's plan, "And it doesn't strike you as 'Brazilian Minstrel Show meets Trading Places'?"
Saving Hope: Trading Places (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Defense Rests (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jake.
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special (2015) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Chris Rock
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 3 April 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Roger Cossack says this is his favorite Eddie Murphy movie
Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.43 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mark.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 December 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
discussion as to whether this is a Christmas movie
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 14 January 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Michael Smith
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.
TruInside: Bull Durham (2016) (TV Episode)
Name of movie is shown in graphic
Top Gear: Episode #23.3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Film title and Eddie Murphy mentioned
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 7 December 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Greenberg in discussion of Christmas movies
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Reese Witherspoon/Andrew Rannells/Warpaint (2016) (TV Episode)
Wrong guess in the Virtual Reality Pictionary game
iZombie: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1 (2017) (TV Episode)
"Like Jamie Lee Curtis in Trading Places"
Honest Trailers: Face/Off (2017) (TV Episode)
Honest Title is 'Trading Faces'
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
"Looking good Merlin". "Feeling good, Eggsy"
Monkey in the Morning: #ThotAudit Taxing Boobs (2018) (TV Episode)
The movie comes up in a discussion about Christmas movies.
Monkey in the Morning: It's Just Jokes (2019) (TV Episode)
Ranting Monkey praises the movie.
Stranger Things: Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt (2019) (TV Episode)
Video seen at the video store


Sunset Blvd. (1950)
TV version only includes clip from Sunset Blvd.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
As Winthorpe and Valentine are discussing what is to be done, Ophelia is watching TV. A brief clip of the costume ball is shown, just before the newsflash.

Featured in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Eddie Murphy/Jennifer Richards/Reggie Joule (1983) (TV Episode)
Eddie Murphy introduces a clip from his movie
At the Movies: The Man with Two Brains/Superman III/Trading Places/Psycho II (1983) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. Movie is reviewed.
Trading Places: Trading Stories (1983) (Video)
Making Of
Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) (TV Episode)
Clip shown on The Julia Show with all voices dubbed by Julia Louise-Dreyfus
At the Movies: Platoon/Lady and the Tramp/No Mercy (1986) (TV Episode)
Reviewed in a special segment about Eddie Murphy movies.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Twin Peaks re-uses a shot of the Philidelphia bell from this film.
HBO First Look: The Making of 'Dr. Dolittle 2' (2001) (TV Episode)
clips shown
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
Inside the Actors Studio: Eddie Murphy (2006) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of America (2007) (Video)
Features a clip from this film.
Trading Places: Dressing the Part (2007) (Video)
Making Of
The Trade in 'Trading Places' (2007) (Video)
Making Of
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Up in the Air/Everybody's Fine/Brothers (2009) (TV Episode)
Beware of Santa segment
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Last Exorcism/Piranha 3D/Vampires Suck (2010) (TV Episode)
Ice Cube's #4 Favorite Film
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Mister watches it on television.
One Hit Wonderland: Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips used in review.
Special Collector's Edition: Underground (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Pauw & Witteman: Episode #8.79 (2013) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) (TV Movie)
Number 25 in the Countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Business Movie Speeches (2014) (TV Episode)
Trading Places gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Butlers from TV and Film (2014) (TV Episode)
Coleman is #10.
The Greatest 80s Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 20 in the Countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Business Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Trading Places gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1980s (2014) (TV Episode)
Trading Places gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Alternative Christmas Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Trading Places is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Eddie Murphy Performances (2015) (TV Episode)
Billy Ray Valentine is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Millionaires (2015) (TV Episode)
Billy Ray Valentine gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Fictional Rags-to-Riches Stories in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Trading Places is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greediest Villains in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Randolph & Mortimer Duke get an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Characters Who Are Unqualified to Do their Jobs (2017) (TV Episode)
Billy Ray Valentine is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Things to Watch on Netflix This Holiday Season (2017) (TV Episode)
Trading Places gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Universes That You Didn't Know Were Linked (2018) (TV Episode)
Trading Places gets an honorable mention along with Coming to America.
Discovering Christmas Films (2018) (TV Special)
Clips shown; introduced as #11


The Shining (1980)
"Here's Johnny" line when Ophelia opens the door to a customer
Terror Train (1980)

Spoofed in 

Changing Places (1984) (Video)
Video's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title from a year earlier.
Space Quest, Chapter 1: The Sarien Encounter (1986) (Video Game)
On the keycard Roger obtains aboard the Arcada it is written "Beek and Hinder Security Systems" - a parody on Beek Security company.
Next Friday (2000)
Kronk's New Groove (2005) (Video)
29:48 "Looking jiggy Burt, Feeling jiggy Kronk"
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise (2014) (TV Short)
The gorilla at the zoo is meant to look like the gorilla from this movie, playing on the fact that both look very fake.
The Boondocks: Good Times (2014) (TV Episode)
One-dollar bet plot parodied.
Black Dynamite: Roots: The White Album (2014) (TV Episode)
Basehead's butler named Coleman.
Black Dynamite: The Wizard of Watts (2015) (TV Episode)
Basehead's attempt to pawn the shoes he stole ends in failure with the same dialogue with the pawnshop owner as in this movie.

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