|Trading Places (Special Collector's Edition)
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Two millionaires test their nurture vs. nature theory when they make a Wall Street tycoon a beggar and a street hustler a Wall Street tycoon.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 5-JUN-2007
Media Type: DVD
In this crowd-pleasing 1983 comedy of high finance about a homeless con artist who becomes a Wall Street robber baron, Eddie Murphy consolidated the success of his startling debut in the previous year's 48 Hours and polished his slick-winner persona. The turnabout begins with an argument between super-rich siblings, played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche: Are captains of industry, they wonder, born or made? To settle the issue, the meanies construct a cruel experiment in social Darwinism. Preppie commodities trader Dan Aykroyd (perfectly cast) is stripped of all his worldly goods and expelled from the firm, and Murphy's smelly derelict is appointed to take his place, graduating to tailored suits and a world-class harem in record time. Eventually the two men team up to teach the nasty old manipulators a lesson, cornering the market in frozen orange juice futures in the process. Director John Landis (The Blues Brothers) doesn't have the world's lightest touch, but he hits most of the jokes hard and quite a few of them pay off. Trading Places is also a landmark film for fans of Jamie Lee Curtis. --David Chute
- What about Aaron?
Amazon has forgotten to mention the great, passed on Aaron Russo who produced this movie. We'll miss you....more info
This could quite possibly be the best movie i have ever seen. i absolutly love it. A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...more info
- Great Transfer
I am commenting on the blu-ray disc quality. It is among the best of the transfers going blu. I would recommend this funny comidy to anyone that enjoys a laugh, but not the kids!...more info
- Details of the rerelease of the Blu-ray edition due out June 3rd, 2008
The Blu-ray "Looking Good, Feeling Good" Edition of Trading Places, which has been unavailable, is being rereleased. It appears to be the very same as before, with the same specs and special features.
The plot of this comedy revolves around a wager between two very rich brothers over nature vs nurture, and specifically whether a rich, successful man and a poor man, if their fortunes were reversed (by "nurture"), would return to their former places because of their nature. To find out, they wreck the career and life of one of the most successful employees in their commodities trading firm (Dan Aykroyd), and take in a street hustler (Eddie Murphy) to train to take his place. (Thus the double meaning of the title.) While this obviously isn't a sociological study, some of the humor and pathos comes from pointing out ways attitudes are shaped by position, and changes in position. It's also a romance, with Jamie Lee Curtis playing the hooker with a heart of gold who falls for the fallen man. And it's a tale of sweet, poetic justice.
Murphy was still fresh in this 1983 film, and Aykroyd and Curtis are also very fun. The script is clever and maintains its logic, in its funny way.
The special features:
-- "Insider Trading: The Making of Trading Places" featurette (18:27)
-- "Trading Stories" featurette, interviews with the three main players (7:58)
-- "Dressing the Part" featurette (6:30)
-- "The Trade in Trading Places" featurette, on how the commodities trading in the movie works (5:24)
-- Industry Promotional Piece, which was used to pitch the movie to theaters (4:17)
-- trivia pop-ups, a running trivia option
-- deleted scene: stealing the crop report, with optional commentary by executive producer George Folsey, Jr. (1:36)
Specs: 1.85:1 widescreen transfer (1080p), Dolby Digital Plus 5.1, Dolby Digital Mono, subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
The video quality is quite good for a film that wasn't intended to be a visual masterpiece, improved over the standard DVD, with a clean print, fair detail and good color. The surround mix doesn't surround much, but it's clear enough, with good punch for the soundtrack.
I'd give this four and a half stars, but round down for the lack of audio commentaries, which ought to be standard in special editions....more info
- Must own!
Looks fantastic on HD DVD, held up extremely well on 80" screen. The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 is front heavy, but otherwise sounds great. Classic comedy at its finest. ...more info
- ole 80's classic
Came out in 1983, I bought this movie on VHS, DVD, and now Blu-Ray. I have never seen it look this good. Bright ole 80's fashion colors don't bleed anymore. This precious baby is totally remastered. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd at their prime. Paramount finally gave this absolute classic the hi-def 1080p treatment. I'm glad that I am old enough to still enjoy 80's humor. If you're a fan of Trading Places, definitely pick this up in blu-ray, you won't regret it....more info
- HD DVD looks amazing
This HD DVD version looks amazing. It's not a slick, highly detailed action flick. But, this HD image is smooth, sharp, and film-like. Worth the great price Amazon is selling this movie at right now to see this looking like it did in theaters on day one from a pristine print. ...more info
- Very funny business movie
This is a good movie for b-school grads, as it combines what you may have seen at school or since with lots of good humor, but I think most others can enjoy this movie as well. Everyone loves money, right?...more info
- The funniest movie ever
"Trading Places" is a comedy classic. Politically incorrect by today's standards, the dialogue sparkles. One of the most quoted movies ever by Wall Street traders....more info
- Fantastic! BOnus features fun
Trading Places is one of my favorite movies of all time- I wore out 2 vhs tapes with it and a dvd....The HD DVD looked gorgeous on my 65 inch tv and the sound was great with my BOSE speakers. Bright clear image was better than I have seen since it premiered in the theater.
I loved the bonus features on the DVD- the interviews with John Landis and Dan Ackroyd talking about Jamie Lee Curtis were hysterical!
Am looking forward to more classic comedies from the 80s! Hopefully Paramount will be releasing their entire comedy library soon!
This film's absolutely hilarious from start to finish and in my opinion is funnier, although not necessarily better than (hate to say this) The Blues Brothers and National Lampoon's Animal House. Mortimer and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) are commodity brokers who enjoy a little wager now and then. For the latest bet, Randolph believes they can take a common criminal and make him a successful businessman. The criminal, Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy), is to be given the job and home of Louis (Dan Aykroyd), who in turn is set up for crimes he didn't commit, to see if he resorts to crime once he's lost his riches and snobbish friends. If you feel like a good laugh than this film is perfect!...more info
- Trading Places
What's to say? Trading Places in Blu-Ray high def.....it just don't get any better than this!...more info
- Great DVD Edition
I loved this edition of very funny and involved movie. The extras are very nice and very informative. The segment on the trading center was pretty good, although I'd hoped the director should have mentioned the fact that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was approached for a location shoot, but turned the studio down because it didn't want any disruptions for its daily operation. That is why NYMEX was chosen. Also, there should have been a tribute to Aaron Russo who produced the film....more info
- WELL DONE!
Sometimes it can be so refreshing to see a movie where the good guys win, this is such. Two brothers, played by Ralph Bellany an Don Ameche are Wall Street Tycoons who have a disagreement that is to be settled by a bet......ah the fun begins. They destroy their trader's life, played by Dan Aykroyd by expelling him from the firm and taking all his worldy possessions from him. In his place they find a homeless man, played by Eddie Murphy giving him all the power and wealth that their former trader had, then they sit back to watch what happens.
Oh my! Through a turn of events the tides change as Eddie, Dan and Jamie Lee Curtis team up to not only teach these fellows a lesson but to bring themselves good fortune for the rest of their lives. Talk about a just and happy ending! This movie in my book is tops. Leaves you feeling good and hopeful that justice does prevail!...more info
If you have not seen this movie buy it and watch it enuff said
Story 10 Acting 10 Direction 10 Action 10 Entertainment 10
Overall 50/50 so good even my college professor recommended it...more info
- The leads are great, but so is the supporting cast - FUNNY
This is a very funny movie, not least because Eddie Murphy, Dan Ackroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis give nearly the best performances of their careers. To me it is one of the classic comedies. It is built on the "switching places" storyline, but with a fresh approach, some terrific characters you never forget (even the minor roles - the big guy who only says, "Yeah!"), great images (the traders rushing out of the stalls at the sound of the market open bell and the opening title shots contrasting wealth, the working class, and the wretched poor), very good writing, and some fine acting (view Denholm Elliot having to turn Louis away as if he never knew him. There is some real subtlety in the face, eyes, and voice).
Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche are PERFECT as the Duke brothers. Paul Gleason does a superb job as Clarence Beeks. Beeks is all bully, too clever by half, and ends up getting his just desserts along with the Duke brothers. James Belushi takes a small role and makes a mark for himself in one of his early roles. This performance is proof of the saying that there aren't small roles, just small actors. Louis' finance, Penelope, and the other rich friends are nicely overdone and enjoyable as for what they are and are not.
But the movie belongs to Murphy and his brilliant opening scene as the hustler in that cart, when he looks at the camera when they try to explain pork bellies to him, and when he is being choked by Louis and is croaking out, "It was the Dukes, It was the Dukes!" To Ackroyd as a perfectly snotty rich kid who spends his days pretending that he is a player. I particularly like the scene where he is getting the checks signed by the Dukes and he starts off assuming he is in with them because he makes them tons of money, and they dismiss him as if here like any other servant - without a thought. Ackroyd as Louis registers some real surprised hurt there. And the classic scene of him in the dirty Santa suit chomping off bites of his filthy beard along with the smoked salmon he stuffed in his coat at the party. And Jamie Lee Curtis as Ophelia has many memorable scenes. She always has a sparkle and a sense of humor and vulnerability. She has the strength to laugh off the hurt she feels when Louis realizes and cruelly and contemptuously says out loud that she is a prostitute. She is much more than eye candy, though she looks amazing in that opening dress and the bikini at the end and everything in between.
This disk has NO extras. Just the movie, some alternate language tracks and subtitles, and some choice of sound production. But no commentary or deleted scenes, or anything else. Still this is worth having and viewing every now and again just because it is funnier than most (not all) other comedies you are likely to find.
However, it has some uses in business education as well. If you pay attention you can learn a bit about how to make money by going short high and buying long low. But don't take any of the trading too seriously. It really doesn't work that way. Just enjoy it as a funny movie.
- Two Stars at Their Best
This is an old movie but worth watching over and over. In my opinion, there was great chemistry between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykyoid. This movie still ranks up there compared to some of the recent inane movies they have done lately. There is a great story as well as an excellent plot. All the supporting cast were a perfect match for the main actors. ...more info
- Ridiculous comedy, Eddie Murphy at his best
John Landis' comedy "Trading Places" is a combination of pseudo-intellectual farce, racism, power, nature vs nurture concept, slapstick and some deep look at social distinctions. Though it is a crowd pleaser, it has a good set of actors and is well put together. Eddie Murphy shows his genius here as a street hustler, when he is in prison and someone asks him, "How come you fought with 10 policemen and got slashed and did not have cuts?", he replies, "It is because I am a karate man. A karate man bruises on the inside." Compared to some of the comedies now like "Dumb and Dumber", this is a masterpiece. Every actor starting from Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy, Delholm Elliot to the smaller actors play their parts very well.
It is sad that Eddie Murphy does not realize his own talent and makes so many bad movies for every good movie of his. I see Shrek, I remember how much I loved him back in 48 Hrs and Trading Places, but when I see Daddy Day-Care or The Haunted Mansion or Pluto Nash or Boomerang or The Distinguished Gentleman, I just want to cry at the waste of his time and mine. His Donkey in Shrek and its sequel are the high end of this, but be warned: Bad Eddie will return in Daddy Day-Camp and The Incredible Shrinking Man. Will he ever grow up?
Though the DVD does not have any special features, I am still glad that I have it. Whenever I am down, I can always pop it in my player and up goes my mood seeing the Dukes and Eddie and Dan shouting about the Haile Saleisee pavelion. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who loves comedy. Despite people complaining about its predictable storyline, the way it is played is superb and cannot be copied. In short, it is a classic....more info
- ONE OF THE BEST EVER
This is probably one of the funniest films of the 1980's. It not only is a play on the classic nature vs. nurture theme, but it is also a somewhat comedic commentary on the "greed is good" decade of the 80's. However, it is also a nice bridging of the generations as it features two of the biggest stars to come from "Saturday Night Live" Eddie Murphy does a fine job as con man Billy Ray and Dan Ackroyd is great as Louis. Jamie Lee Curtis is also wonderful as Ophelia. In fact, it was good to see her do something other than the "scream queen" roles which she became famous for during the early part of her career. She definitely shows the comedic timing that she would display later in her career and would make her one of the finest comedic actresses in film today. However, the one that really steals it for me is Denholm Elliot as Coleman. He delivers a very low key performance that is befitting for that role. This is a real gem. ...more info
- Must have in your DVD collection
This is a classic. That is all there is to say....more info
- "It Was The Dukes!!...It Was The Dukes!!.."
This review refers to the Widescreen Collection/DVD edtion(Paramount)of "Trading Places"....
If you have already seen this fabulously fun film, then you know the scene I am referring to in my title of this review.It is just one of the many, many laugh out loud moments that Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd and the rest of the brillant cast treat us to. If you haven't seen it and you like to laugh..this is a must see, one that will brighten your holdiays and leave you grinning ear to ear whenever you think of it.
The very wealthy brothers Randolph and Mortimer Duke portrayed by legends Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, are sitting around their exclusive club having a little tiff on the theory of Heredity vs. Enviroment. After bestowing a very generous Christmas bonus of five dollars to the man who sees to their needs year round, they make a little wager. The bet...take their most trusted employee(Aykroyd), and play with his life until he becomes an outcast. Take a street-wise con-artist(Murphy),and give him a taste of the good life. Who will prevail? Will the Harvard grad, still be the person he was, after losing everything, or will he turn to crime? And what about the con man? Will his new enviroment make a new man out of him or will he still resort to his old ways? Watching these two "Trading Places" is one of the most fun 2 hours you can spend. The story takes place between Christmas and New Years so it's a great Holdiay film to add to your collection as well.
The cast is marvelous.Dan Aykroyd is the perfect snob, and Eddie Murphy, well he's just great at being Eddie Murphy. Jaime Lee Curits is the hooker with a heart(who's looking to increase her bank account and get off her back),Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy show they haven't lost what it took to become the legends they are, and Denholm Elliot is perfectly cast as the butler in on the action. Adding to the fun are Bo Didley,Paul Gleason, Frank Oz and James Belushi. Directing this wonderful cast is John Landis, who doesn't miss a trick and the music by Elmer Bernstein sets the tone perfectly as usual.The movie is rated R for some some scenes of nudity(do we expect any less from Jaime Lee?).
The DVD is a great buy. The anamorphic widescreen picture is gorgeous. Clear and bright with beautiful colors, the film does not appear to be 20 years old already. You have the choice of Dolby Dig 5.1 surround sound or stereo surround sound, both are excellent. There are English subtitles and it may be viewed in French(mono). There are no special feautres though.
So how much was the wager they made? A whooping one dollar! Who wins?.....I'll never tell!
Seen it?..you know you gotta have it!...Haven't seen it?....Go for it!...You'll love it!...enjoy....Laurie
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- Great HD Quality
I ordered this movie after seeing it on TV a while back. I've never seen the unedited version (sorry, I was too young to see it in the theaters and I've only ever seen it on TV), but I am impressed with the quality of the HD re-master. This is a comedy classic that you shouldn't think twice about owning in HD. There is a difference and it looks great! Oh, and Jamie Lee Curtis is HOT!!...more info
- "You know, it occurs to me that the best way you hurt rich people is by turning them into poor people."
Whatever happened to John Landis, the man who is responsible for such gems as Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Thriller (1983), Coming to America (1988)? He is desperately needed now when the situation with the comedies in Hollywood could be described as tragically horrible or horrifyingly tragic. Now when I think of it, even his less successful Spies Like Us (1985) and Three Amigos! (1986) were very funny and enjoyable. Landis has also directed nine episodes of the cult TV show, the first Sex and City, Dream On, and believe me, Dream On was fabulous. Of all mentioned films, Trading Places is one of the best, at least for me. I can't count how many times I've seen this funny and clever comedy. Trading Places tells the story of two men who were far from each other in any possible way as yes and no - one Harvard graduate, a successful snobbish commodity broker, the financial wizard with bright future in front of him, and great present that included a stunning fianc¨¦e, membership in a prestigious exclusive club, and even a butler, a true English gentleman. The other - a black street hustler, a small time drug dealer from the wrong site of the town. What could possibly bring them together and even make them partners out for revenge? You may say the fate or you may say, boredom and intrigues of two very rich, very arrogant, very shameless men - Brothers Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche), the founders and owners of Philadelphia commodity stock Exchange who liked to make bets to prove their points about nature versus nurture theory and enjoyed watching how other people's reputations, happiness and even lives crumbles in front of them. The brothers were curious to find out what is primary, the environment or heredity in forming a human? What would happen if take a successful, well off man, ruin his reputation and throw him on the street and substitute him with a streetwise petty criminal? How would they adjust and what would they do to survive such unexpected turn of fortune? Well, it sounds rather dramatic but the movie is a masterpiece of comedy. It is not just good; it is timeless comedy that does not show a trace of growing outdated. It is based not only on the comic situations but on the changing characters, their communication, getting together and creating the team that would make revenge sweet, smart, and totally satisfying. The acting of two major players, Dan Aycroyd and Eddie Murphy is marvelous. Santa episode is among the funniest yet poignant I've seen. Just to think of Aycroyd, hiding behind a dirty Santa beard and growling like an angry animal over the smoked salmon that he stole from the Christmas party at his former company and hid on his chest made me laugh hysterically. There is also Jamie Lee Curtis with the legs growing from her ears, beautiful smile, and heart of gold. And she is topless in one of the scenes, too, which only adds to the movie's pleasures. There is the craziest New Year Party on the train that involves drunken James Belucci, a melancholic lovelorn gorilla, the coldblooded villain Clarence Beeks (Paul Gleason) who would become the object of unbearable desire of above mentioned gorilla, and two baggage handlers, marveling over how human the "gorilla" appears, and sending two gorillas to Africa in one cell. And there is incredible Denholm Elliott, the loyal butler Coleman to both Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy). To top it all, there is the greatest (I am sure of it) scene of betting on future trading on the commodities trading floor that involves short-selling orange juice futures and turning an enormous profit for some characters and equally enormous loss for the others. For the life of mine, I can't get the idea but I enjoy the scene tremendously every time I watch this classic. Highly recommended.
- Good movie but horrible DVD!
Please do not get the DVD because some of the scenes were cut. They need to make a new edition. The DVD is really bad! ...more info
- Why no out-takes or bonus stuff?
Why can't anyone bother to include bloopers, screw-ups & the like in with such a great movie?????? Come on!!!! I would pay more for a DVD it if they did....more info
- Hilarious socio-economical switch...
Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) graduated from Harvard and now is a successful broker who also owns a large house with a butler and is about to get married to a beautiful woman. However, Louis' life as he knows it is about to be shattered by his employers, the old bachelors Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph (Ralph Bellamy) Duke, who are arguing over whether the humans position in society is based on the Nature versus Nurture issue. In order to settle their disagreement they make a bet where they exchange Louis's position with Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy), a street hustler. In the process Louis loses all his friends, fianc¨¦, and assets. This leads him to desperately seek help from the prostitute Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis). At the same time, Billy Ray is suspicious over the old brothers kindness and Billy Ray begins to investigate. Trading Places discusses the Nature versus Nurture dilemma in the light of the socio-economical society where shadows are thrown in by racism. The film offers truly comical and delicately thoughtful situations that tie together a wonderful story and provides opportunity for both reflection and laughter....more info
- Verry Funny Movie!
Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd in one of the funniest movies of the early 80s! Eddie Murphy shines in this movie! Dan is convincing in his role. This was the first time I have seen the movie without the censorship that is ever so present on television with these kind of movies! Clear picture and sound! A must-have for your DVD collection!...more info
You ever wonder what the others live like? Well you'll see when a rich white man and a poor black man switch lives based on a one dollar bet. Classic movie!...more info
- Billy Ray Valentine.... Great Movie!!!
This is a great story. The Duke brothers make their traditional bet "$1.00" to see how a homeless man (played by Eddie Murphy) can take a high profile commodities broker position and be sucessful at it while they take the position away from Louis Winthorpe III (played by Dan Aykroyd) and make his life a complete disaster. Jamie Lee Curtis also stars in this all-star lineup. I would recommend getting this movie, Beverly Hills Cop and 48HRS which are Eddie Murphy's 3 best movies of his career. - Chad Castorina...more info
- A perfect example of why the '80s rocked!
forget the stupid and insipid works of this decade or much of the '90s. This along with 'Animal House' and its elk still stand as comic gold to this day. I'll find it somewhat impossible to find that anything now will hold a candle to what has come out from the past.
Than again, the Black & White 'His girl Friday' is truly a classic that still has the side splitting gold to hurt me every time I watch it!...more info
- Another predicted Paramount rip-off
A few years ago I wrote a review of the original release of Trading Places...warning buyers that the release was substandard with scenes omitted....and that Paramount releasing at full price was a money grab until they re-re-re release it as a "special edition"....well...tada!!!! I was right. They have released it again...this time complete with some deleted scenes thrown in. If you've waited THIS long...I suggest you don't buy it right away...I guarantee the price will drop like a rock and will be in the bargain bin for 5.99 ot 6.99. after all this movie is over twenty years old!
Still disappointing with this release is that it is that it is NOT anamorphic. This game playing by Paramount really IS tiresome....more info
- Aaron Russo
Interesting to note that the producer is mentioned not even once in the extras. Perhaps because of his activism in his last years ?...more info
- give it 6 stars
Edddie plays a con artist tricked into living in a rich home while a rich man is forced to live the hard life. Very funny on how each man lives change as they live "the other side of life"....more info
- A Jamie Lee classic
The movie is funny enough, but the main reason to buy this DVD is for the pause function and the scene with Jamie Lee Curtis topless. Oh yeah, and Eddie Murphy is pretty funny, too....more info
- A Classic That Must Be Owned
Love this movie and having it on Blu-Ray is a definate plus when added to my collection..The quality and sound is outstanding and seeing Dan,Eddy and Jamie Lee in their younger days is amazing.....more info
- Classic Film Great Transfer
You all know the film so I will just review on the upgrade Blu Ray gives this classic, Paramount have done a great job on this release, compared to even some of the newer Blu Rays this picture shines and the dark scenes reveal more detail then you could believe possisble for an 80's comedy. I would recommend this to any lover of the film, or someone who has only seen Eddie Muphys later films as this is classic Murphy, well worth the upgrade from DVD and I am very choosey on what I double dip on but this was well worth the money, guarenteed you wont have seen a better copy of this film. Treat yourself ...more info
- Trading Places a classic
This film is amazing on Blu-ray. To bad it wont be there for long. Shame on you Paramount....more info
- Great Classic
The Blu-Ray version of this this classic is great. It's the unedited version with the pop-up fun facts. I'd forgotten how funny this movie is. A terrific cast with a super-funny script and full frontal nudity from a 24 yr old Jamie Lee Curtis doesn't hurt either. Definitely reccomended....more info
- REALLY REALLY BAD
How do they get the crop report to the US government? Clarence Beeks is on a ship to Africa. Does the US Gov't accept the orange crop report from any old idiot???
Seriously, I love this movie forever....more info
- Great comedy, and a great revenge movie
Studio: Paramount Studio
Video Release Date: August 19, 2003
Dan Aykroyd ... Louis Winthorpe III
Eddie Murphy ... Billy Ray Valentine
Ralph Bellamy ... Randolph Duke
Don Ameche ... Mortimer Duke
Denholm Elliott ... Coleman
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Ophelia
Kristin Holby ... Penelope Witherspoon
Paul Gleason ... Clarence Beeks
Alfred Drake ... President of Exchange
Bo Diddley ... Pawnbroker
Frank Oz ... Corrupt cop
James Belushi ... Harvey
Al Franken ... Baggage handler #1
Tom Davis ... Baggage handler #2
Maurice Woods ... Duke & Duke employee
Richard D. Fisher Jr. ... Duke & Duke employee
Jim Gallagher ... Duke & Duke employee
Anthony DiSabatino ... Duke & Duke employee
Bonnie Behrend ... Duke & Duke employee
Sunnie Merrill ... Duke & Duke employee
James Newell ... Duke & Duke employee
Mary St. John ... Duke & Duke employee
Bonnie Tremena ... Duke & Duke employee
David Schwartz ... Duke & Duke employee
Tom Degidon ... Duke domestic
William Magerman ... Duke domestic
Alan Dellay ... Duke domestic
Florence Anglin ... Duke domestic
Ray D'Amore ... Duke domestic
Bobra Suiter ... Duke domestic
Herb Peterson ... Duke domestic
Sue Dugan ... Duke domestic
Walt Gorney ... Duke domestic
B. Constance Barry ... Duke domestic
P. Jay Sidney ... Heritage Club doorman
Avon Long ... Ezra
Tom Mardirosian ... Officer Pancuzzi
Charles Brown ... Officer Reynolds
Robert Curtis-Brown ... Todd
Nicholas Guest ... Harry
John Bedford Lloyd ... Andrew
Tony Sherer ... Philip
Robert Earl Jones ... Attendant
Robert E. Lee ... Cop #1
Peter Hock ... Cop #2
Clint Smith ... Doo Rag Lenny
Ron Taylor ... Big black guy
James D. Turner ... Even bigger black guy
Giancarlo Esposito ... Cellmate #2
Steve Hofvendahl ... Cellmate #3
Gwyllum Evans ... President of Heritage Club
Eddie Jones ... Cop #3
John McCurry ... Cop #4
Michelle Mais ... Hooker #1
Barra Kahn ... Hooker #2
Bill Cobbs ... Bartender
Joshua Daniel ... Partygoer
Jacques Sandulescu ... Creepy man
W.B. Brydon ... Bank Manager
Margaret H. Flynn ... Duke & Duke receptionist
Kelly Curtis ... Muffy
Tracy K. Shaffer ... Constance
Susan Fallender ... Bunny
Lucianne Buchanan ... President's mistress
Paul Garcia ... Junior executive #1
Jed Gillin ... Junior executive #2
Jimmy Raitt ... Ophelia's client
Kate Taylor ... Dukes' Secretary
Philip Bosco ... Doctor
Bill Boggs ... Newscaster
Deborah Reagan ... Harvey's girlfriend
Don McLeod ... Gorilla
Stephen Stucker ... Stationmaster
Richard Hunt ... Wilson
Paul Austin ... Trader #1
John Randolph Jones ... Trader #2
Jack Davidson ... Trader #3
Bernie McInerney ... Trader #4
Maurice Copeland ... Secretary of Agriculture
Ralph Clanton ... Official #1
Bryan Clark ... Official #2
Gary Howard Klar ... Longshoreman
Afemo Omilami ... Longshoreman
Shelly Chee Chee Hall ... Monica
Donna Palmer ... Gladys
Barry Dennen ... Demitri
James Eckhouse ... Jail guard
Arleen Sorkin ... Woman at party
Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and Louis Winthorpe, the Third (Dan Ackroyd) are forced to see how the "other half" lives, when the wealthy Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche - Winthorpe's employers, make a one dollar bet that they can take anybody off the street and make them a commodities broker. They do so, ruining Winthorpe in the process, and replacing him with Valentine.
Can it work? And if it does, can Winthorpe get his revenge? This is good comedy.
Ackroyd and Murphy work well together, and make a great comedy team.
Joseph (Joe) Pierre
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- Fun and passes time
Exceptional actors in a formula fish out of water movie. The title of the movie tells it all. Some perverse stock trader brothers bet that anyone with the correct position and environment can be a success. Standard jokes and predictable ending. Don Ameche did a good job in this movie as one of the brothers.
However he really excels as Gino in the movie "Things Change" (1988).
Things Change DVD ~ Don Ameche...more info
- Wonderful movie, and surprisingly good HD transfer.
Well, I'm not going to go into too much detail about the movie itself, apart from to say that it's a classic, humerous, gem.
The quality of the HD transfer was a pleasant surprise, one of the best looking movies I've seen on Blu-ray. Check out the scene in the boardroom where our here is accused of theft, the detail in that scene is something to behold....more info