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Coming to America (1988)

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An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and strong will.

Director:

John Landis

Writers:

Eddie Murphy (story), David Sheffield (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bates ... Oha
Eddie Murphy ... Prince Akeem / Clarence / Saul / Randy Watson
Garcelle Beauvais ... Rose Bearer
Feather Feather ... Rose Bearer
Stephanie Simon Stephanie Simon ... Rose Bearer
Victoria Dillard ... Bather / Dancer
Felicia Taylor Felicia Taylor ... Bather
Midori Midori ... Bather (as Michele Watley)
James Earl Jones ... King Jaffe Joffer
Madge Sinclair ... Queen Aoleon
Sheila Johnson ... Lady-in-Waiting
Arsenio Hall ... Semmi / Morris / Extremely Ugly Girl / Reverend Brown
Raymond D. Turner Raymond D. Turner ... T-Shirt Hawker
Calvin Lockhart ... Colonel Izzi
Billi Gordon Billi Gordon ... Large Woman
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Storyline

Immersed in luxury and riches, the courteous blue blood and refined heir apparent to Africa's prosperous kingdom of Zamunda, Prince Akeem, summons up the courage to reject an arranged marriage proposal on his twenty-first birthday. Bent on finding true love, the young aristocrat along with his trusted valet, Semmi, find themselves in the strange and unknown urban jungle of New York City's Queens, trying to mingle with their neighbours by posing as humble exchange students. More than anything in the world, the noble prince yearns to be loved for what he is, and not for his title; however, can he find his soulmate in the bustling Big Apple? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At 35 minutes into the film, Eddie Murphy has dialogue with several women he's interviewing to be his queen. One of them says "Some guys go an hour, even an hour and a half, that's it. A man's got to put in overtime for me to get off." This would later be used as the intro for Tech N9nes song "Overtime." See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) When Akeem goes to get his ponytail cut, the stand-in for Saul is visible in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The "thanks" list in the closing credits lists the fictitious Zamundan Film Commission. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dear White People (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Coming To America
Written by Nile Rodgers and Nancy Huang
Performed by The System
Produced by Nile Rodgers, Mic Murphy, and David Frank
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Wonderful movie!
26 February 2004 | by Chromium_5See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,404,420, 4 July 1988

Gross USA:

$128,152,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$288,752,301
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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