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Trading Places (1983)

They're not just getting rich... they're getting even.

Original Title : Trading Places
Director : John Landis
Writer : Timothy Harris
Herschel Weingrod
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : George Folsey Jr. , Aaron Russo , Irwin Russo , Sam Williams
Music : Elmer Bernstein
Photography : Robert Paynter
Distributor : CIC Vídeo [br]
IMDB ID : 0086465
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poster for "Trading Places" by John Landis (1983)
Trading Places (1983) - John Landis
 

Starring

Dan Aykroyd Louis Winthorpe III
Eddie Murphy Billy Ray Valentine
Eddie Murphy Billy Ray Valentine
 

Plot

Louis Winthorpe III is a successful New York commodity broker with mansion, manservant and girlfriend to match. Billy Ray Valentine is a hustling beggar. Winthorpe's employers, the elderly Duke brothers, make a bet that by switching the lifestyle of the two Billy Ray will make good and their man will take to a life of crime. Suddenly Louis finds himself uncomprehendingly with no job, no home and only a new acquaintance, glamourous hooker Ophelia, prepared to help him. So at least in one way things could actually be worse.
 

Comments

Great showcase This film might not be the greatest, but like most John Landis films, at least he has a good showcase for his stars to run rampant (Blues Brothers, Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House), and this is no exception.Here, he brings Dan Aykroyd as a rich snob who is all of a sudden the victim of a cruel practical joke/bet by the Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche who is you have seen Coming to America you know what happens), and Eddie Murphy plays the man who gets lucky by the other guy's fall.Often a little far-fetched (is there actually a section for frozen Orange Juice concentrate?), however Aykroyd and Murphy have a great on-screen duo with Winthorp and Valentine.Other things to look for- Frank Oz's cameo as a cop, Al Franken in a earlier part as a train guy, and oh yeah, Jamie Lee Curtis' breasts!A-
 
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