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Coming to America (1988)

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

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John Landis

Writers:

Eddie Murphy (story), David Sheffield (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bates ... Oha
Eddie Murphy ... Prince Akeem / Clarence / Saul / Randy Watson
Garcelle Beauvais ... Rose Bearer
Feather Feather ... Rose Bearer
Stephanie Simon Stephanie Simon ... Rose Bearer
Victoria Dillard ... Bather / Dancer
Felicia Taylor Felicia Taylor ... Bather
Midori Midori ... Bather (as Michele Watley)
James Earl Jones ... King Jaffe Joffer
Madge Sinclair ... Queen Aoleon
Sheila Johnson ... Lady-in-Waiting
Arsenio Hall ... Semmi / Morris / Extremely Ugly Girl / Reverend Brown
Raymond D. Turner Raymond D. Turner ... T-Shirt Hawker
Calvin Lockhart ... Colonel Izzi
Billi Gordon 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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Eddie Murphy is Prince Akeem......Coming to America. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quest See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall played multiple characters, undergoing "three to four-hour make-up sessions" for their various cameo characters. During pre-production, Make-up Artist Rick Baker made "life casts" of the actors' faces, then constructed clay facial sculptures onto which he molded foam rubber appliances that the actors wore, in addition to hand-woven hair, eyebrow, and mustache pieces. Over five hundred costumes were designed by Deborah Nadoolman, who was inspired by the early 1950s "new look" of Fashion Designer Christian Dior, as well as everyday styles from Ivory Coast, Gambia, and Senegal. Jewelry was created by Katherine Post, a Costume Jeweler, in Thailand. For the design of Zamunda's royal palace, John Landis took inspiration from England's Brighton Pavilion, and Henri Rousseau's nineteenth century jungle paintings. See more »

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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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Excellent humor and a nice story
10 April 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

I once used to be a fan of Eddie Murphy and his movies, but in recent years the only one of "his" movies that I loved was 'Shrek'. He's excellent as the voice of Donkey, but the rest of his movies aren't exactly the best examples of fine humor (think of movies like 'The Nutty Professor'). It's a good thing that from time to time you can still see one of his older ones on the television, so you won't forget that the man really has some talent.

In this movie Eddie Murphy plays, most of the time, the role of Prince Akeem of Zamunda. On his 21st birthday he'll have to marry a woman he has never seen before. Because he isn't too happy with that and because he wants a wife that can do more than doing exactly what he tells her to do (like for instance barking like a dog), he decides to go to America to find the love of his life. The only problem is that the girl shouldn't love him for his title and his money, but for his personality. At first all he gets is a big culture shock, but eventually he'll find a girl he really likes...

This movie is really one of the funniest Eddie Murphy has ever made. It has a good story and offers plenty of laughs, but this isn't a comedy full of toilet humor and may therefor seem dated to the youngest viewers (let's say those who were born in the nineties). Personally I really appreciated the fact that not all humor was about farting, vomiting and other bodily functions, but perhaps that's just me, perhaps I'm just getting too old to understand today's humor (almost 27 right now).

There are some excellent parts in the movie (I really love those old men at the barber shop for instance) and overall the quality is high enough to enjoy the entire movie. That's why I give it a 7.5/10.


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