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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

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

The barbers call Akeem "Kunta Kinte", a reference to Roots (1977). John Amos, who played Cleo McDowell (Lisa's father), played the adult Kunta Kinte in Roots (1977). Madge Sinclair (Queen Aoleon), played Kunta Kinte's wife and James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer) played Alex Haley, Jr. in Roots: The Next Generations (1979). See more »

Goofs

The menu inside the McDowell's restaurant is actually a Wendy's menu. 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 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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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 3 April 2015 (2015) See more »

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I Don't Know What You Come To Do
Performed by Rev. Johnny L. Jones
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Another Great Comedy Starring Eddie Murphy
14 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

After several years of starring in rowdy action comedies and con man capers, Eddie Murphy gets a chance to deliver a more restrained performance with this film and he manages to do so very well. Murphy portrays Akeem, an African prince who is being pressured into a forced marriage by his parents (James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair). The woman that they have chosen for him only sees him for his royalty and therefore does not really love him. Akeem sees this right away and brings his loyal servant, Semi (Arsenio Hall) along with him on a discreet mission to America where Akeem hopes to find a beautiful woman who will love him and accept him for who he really is and not just see him for his royalty. Posing as "common folk", Akeem and Semi get jobs at a McDonald's style restaurant and Akeem soon falls for the daughter (Shari Headley) of the restaurant's owner (John Amos). The film features many hilarious scenes and characters especially a group of boxing obsessed senior citizens who spend their days arguing with a barber shop owner. Murphy and Hall demonstrate their levels of versatility by managing to go under heavy makeup and portray several different costarring roles. Yet another example of why Murphy is one of the funniest actors in recent Hollywood history.


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