Coming to America

Coming to America

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Director: John Landis

Cast: John Amos


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Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince's faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To…  See more details below


Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince's faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To avoid fortune hunters, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a "Joe job" at a fast-food restaurant. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerable celebrity cameos peppered throughout the proceedings -- including the Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) from Trading Places. Coming to America made further headlines when humorist Art Buchwald sued the film's producers for plagiarizing one of his works. Buchwald carried the case to trial, where he won a sizeable judgement against the film's producers.

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Coming to America is a sweet, amiable comedy that reunites the director (John Landis) and star (Eddie Murphy) of Trading Places. Murphy abandons the foul-mouthed raunchiness of his most recent project (the concert film Raw) to play Prince Akeem, a wide-eyed innocent. But the film is most original and best remembered as the first time Murphy played multiple characters in the same movie, an impressive gimmick that would translate to major box-office success down the road with The Nutty Professor. As two of the three salty barber shop denizens involved in the same argument about boxing, Murphy not only wowed with a range unseen outside of his stand-up act, but provided a great showcase for makeup king Rick Baker, who renders Murphy unrecognizable as an aged Jewish man. The writing, by Landis and two others, includes not only the sharp barber shop repartee and Akeem's refreshingly naïve interaction with New York City, but also several humorous jabs at black culture of the mid-'80s, including the Soul Glo hair gel model played by a young Eriq LaSalle. Funny and observant, but just shy of classic status, Coming to America is a winning, fish-out-of-water movie, elevated by Murphy's exhilarating versatility and the game attempts of then-collaborator Arsenio Hall. Among the supporting performances, John Amos is hilarious as owner of a McDonald's restaurant knockoff, and in only his second film appearance, Samuel L. Jackson pops up as a hold-up man, offering a funny early incarnation of the intense street hood that would one day make him famous.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Clarence,Prince Akeem,Randy Watson,Saul
Arsenio Hall Extremely Ugly Girl,Morris,Rev. Brow,Semmi
John Amos Cleo McDowell
James Earl Jones King Jaffe Joffer
Shari Headley Lisa McDowell
Eriq La Salle Darryl Jenks
Madge Sinclair Queen Aoleon
Allison Dean Patrice McDowell
Paul Bates Oha
Louie Anderson Maurice
Clint Smith Sweets
Vanessa Bell Imani Izzi
Don Ameche Mortimer Duke
Ralph Bellamy Randolph Duke
Dottie Dottie Dog
Frankie R. Faison Landlord
Monique Mannen Boring Girl/Dancer
Karen Renee Owens Ex-Siamese Twin/Dancer
Randolph Scott Actor
Garcelle Beauvais Rose Bearer
Stephanie Simon Rose Bearer
Victoria Dillard Bather/Dancer
Felicia Taylor Bather
Michele Watley Bather
Sheila Johnson Lady-in-Waiting
Raymond Turner T-Shirt Hawker
Calvin Lockhart Col. Izzi
Billi Gordon Large Woman
Jake Steinfeld Cab Driver
Cuba Gooding Boy Getting Haircut
Uncle Ray Murphy Stu
Ruben Hudson Street Hustler
Paulette Banoza Soul Glo Woman
Clyde Jones Soul Glo Man
Patricia Matthews Devil Woman
Mary Bond Davis Big Stank Woman
Kara Young Stuck-up Girl
Carla Earle Tough Girl
Lisa Gumora Kinky Girl
June Boykins Strange Woman
Janette Colon Fresh Peaches
Vanessa Colon Sugar Cube
Mindora Mimms Awareness Woman
Cynthia Finkley Awareness Woman
David Sosna Cartier Delivery Man
Vondie Curtis-Hall Basketball-game Vendor
Samuel L. Jackson Hold-Up Man
Arthur Adams Mr. Jenks
Loni Kaye Harkless Mrs. Jenks
Montrose Hagins Grandma Jenks
Tonja Rivers Party Guest
Elaine Kagan Telegraph Lady
Michael Tadross Taxi Driver
Steve White Subway Guy
Helen Hanft Subway Lady
Birdie M. Hale Elderly Passenger
Jim Abrahams Face on Cutting-room Floor
Leah Aldridge Dancer
Aurorah Allain Dancer
Paula Jean Brown Dancer
Stephanie Clark Dancer
Sharon Ferrol Dancer
Tanya Lynne Lee Dancer
Jerald Vincent Dancer
Eyan Williams Dancer

Technical Credits
John Landis Director,Screenwriter
Paula Abdul Choreography
Bernadine M. Anderson Makeup
Richard Baker Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Leslie Belzberg Executive Producer
Barry W. Blaustein Screenwriter
Jackie Burch Casting
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Dan Cangemi Special Effects
Tyran Carlo Songwriter
Paul Chiten Songwriter
Gil Clayton Set Decoration/Design
Gardner Cole Songwriter
Erin Cummins Set Decoration/Design
Lamont Dozier Songwriter
Dr. Dre Songwriter
Syd Dutton Special Effects
George Folsey Co-producer,Editor
Mark Gordon Songwriter
Berry Gordy Songwriter
Gwendolyn Gordy Songwriter
Brian Holland Songwriter
Edward Holland Songwriter
Nancy Huang Songwriter
Lawrence Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Kelly Kimball Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald LeVert Songwriter
Richard B. Lewis Art Director
Solomon Linda Songwriter
Mark Lipsky Executive Producer
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Michael Masser Songwriter
Jonathan Moffett Songwriter
Warren "Pete" Moore Songwriter
Eddie Murphy Original Story
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
Woody Omens Cinematographer
Greg Papalia Set Decoration/Design
Pamela Phillips-Oland Songwriter
Nile Rodgers Score Composer
Allan Scott Songwriter
Danny Sembello Songwriter
David Sheffield Screenwriter
John Sherrod Stunts
David Sosna Associate Producer,Asst. Director
William "Mickey" Stevenson Songwriter
Bill Taylor Special Effects
Lloyd Tolbert Songwriter
Robert D. Wachs Co-producer
Freddie Washington Songwriter
Norman Whitfield Songwriter
Allee Willis Songwriter
Ron Yates Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Coming to America
1. Opening Credits [2:41]
2. Happy Birthday [3:36]
3. Trouble in Paradise [5:53]
4. Here Comes the Bride [8:14]
5. Royal Oats [2:14]
6. America [3:47]
7. Meeting the Locals [5:37]
8. Barber Shop Quartet [2:11]
9. In Search of a Queen [3:04]
10. Black Awareness Week [6:46]
11. Working With the Natives [6:04]
12. The Way to a Woman's Heart [6:07]
13. Take Me Out to the Ball Game [3:08]
14. Mopping Up [3:14]
15. Engagement Party? [7:41]
16. Humble Abode [4:09]
17. To Be Loved [7:24]
18. Riches to Rags [2:02]
19. A King in New York [7:35]
20. Hospitality [4:01]
21. The Truth [5:39]
22. Take a Chance [5:05]
23. Here Comes the Bride - Take 2 [4:13]
24. End Credits [6:03]


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Coming to America 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie a number amount of times but I just can't get enough of it. The storyline is beautiful and the humour is great. It shows the true talents of both Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. This movie is a must see for everybody
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Think it was the most funniest movie ever to know. It is GREAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome movie. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are brilliant in this movie. All of the different characters Eddie and Arsenio play are awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time I see this movie on television, I cannot keep myself from watching it because I love it so much, but I am always disappointed to see how much language and content has been edited. I'm FINALLY going to get a DVD so I can watch it unfettered!
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
seen it on the AMC channel and i started to watch it a very good movie a comedy about a man going to the city by getting a job and falling in love with a girl plot to the movie even though he was alraedy rich he wanted to see the real world and wanted to work for a living
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