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Coming to America (1988)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Oha
... Prince Akeem / Clarence / Saul / Randy Watson
... Rose Bearer
Feather ... Rose Bearer
Stephanie Simon ... Rose Bearer
... Bather / Dancer
Felicia Taylor ... Bather
Midori ... Bather (as Michele Watley)
... King Jaffe Joffer
... Queen Aoleon
... Lady-in-Waiting
... Semmi / Morris / Extremely Ugly Girl / Reverend Brown
Raymond D. Turner ... T-Shirt Hawker
... Colonel Izzi
Billi Gordon ... Large Woman
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It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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29 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Quest  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$128,152,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,600,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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 camera moves over the Paramount Pictures logo to reveal the Kingdom of Zamunda. The opening credits are then set in a pan across the country's landscapes to the Zamunda palace and to the Prince's bedroom. See more »

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Hilarious romantic-comedy-drama with a great ensemble cast
5 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Coming to America centers on the story of young prince, set up for an arranged marriage. He leaves his home in Africa to find a woman that he can truly love. Like all good tales, this one has already been told many times. It covers how a newcomer must adjust to a new culture, including encountering difficulties in the romance department, and fathers who just don't understand. This is all done to comedic effect, but not without romantic and dramatic overtones, to the credit of all involved.

I could watch this movie every week (actually, I have been lately, since it's on CINEMAX). The writing and direction was fantastic, the film is perfectly paced, with constant sight gags and witty repartee. The film works because actors selected have great timing.

Eddie Murphy (Akeem, et al) is quite versatile as the lead. He's in his very best form, earnest when he needs to in this feel-good comedy, with on-point comic timing.

Shari Headley (Lisa McDowell), she's level headed, perfect in delivering outrage and frustration as well as contentment and laughter.

Allison Dean (Princess in "Cool as Ice") as Patricia is not only hot, I love her nappturality hair styles. (Shari's got some nice ones too). Allison ideally portrays the jilted, petulant, and gold-digging little sister.

Eriq La Salle (Darryl) is the outlandish villain you can actually feel sorry for. His Jeri curl, damn, it's atrocious.

Arsenio Hall (Semmi, et al) was a great, smarmy, sidekick.

I could go on and on. The supporting cast, from James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer) and Madge Sinclair (Queen Aoleon) to Frankie Faison (Landlord) and Samuel L. Jackson (hold-up guy), are spectacular.

Every time I watch it again, I find something new. I enjoyed it when I was younger, but now I like it even more.


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