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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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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

Humorist and columnist Art Buchwald sued Paramount Pictures, alleging that they stole his script idea and turned it into this movie. Buchwald won, and was awarded damages. Paramount settled for nine hundred thousand dollars. See more »

Goofs

(at around 25 mins) When the Cab drops them off to their apartment in Queens, it's actually on S5th St. and Hooper Ave., which actually is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 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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References Babar (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Know What You Come To Do
Performed by Rev. Johnny L. Jones
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Eddie Murphy's greatest movie.
7 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

If "Trading Places" is Dan Ackroyd's greatest movie, then "Coming to America" is Eddie Murphy's greatest movie, and for much the same reasons. Although the movie may be considered a comedy, and indeed has its humorous moments, its theme is quite serious. For it's about a man who is willing to sacrifice money, privilege, power, and position in quest for personal happiness. This is a powerful role and Eddie Murphy is great in this role. This movie is proof that when given the chance, a comic actor like Eddie Murphy is capable of playing a complex character that is central to a story. The producers of this movie evidently knew that in Eddie Murphy they had a actor around whom they could create an excellent movie, and with this movie they prove they were right.


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