Trading Places

Trading Places

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Director: John Landis

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy


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The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished…  See more details below


The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray figures out that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe's faithful butler (Denholm Elliott) as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook.

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The role reversal premise was an old one, even if it was refreshed by casting a black actor and a white actor in the lead roles. But Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd were sure-fire box-office bets, and the film helped Murphy take another step up the ladder of comic stardom. It was one of the choicest film roles for Aykroyd, whose career has had its share of dim parts, and director John Landis knew how to mix the ingredients into box-office gold. The supporting performance of veterans Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, and Denholm Elliott give the comedy surprising depth.

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Paramount Catalog
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Billy Ray Valentine
Dan Aykroyd Louis Winthorpe III
Ralph Bellamy Randolph Duke
Don Ameche Mortimer Duke
Denholm Elliott Coleman
Jamie Lee Curtis Ophelia
Kristin Holby Penelope
Robert Curtis-Brown Todd
John Bedford Lloyd Andrew
Robert Lee Actor
Herb Peterson Actor
W.B. Brydon Bank Manager
Maurice Woods Duke & Duke Employee
Jim Newell Duke & Duke Employee
Tom Degidon Duke Domestic
William Magerman Duke Domestic
Alan Dellay Duke Domestic
Florence Anglin Duke Domestic
Sue Dugan Duke Domestic
Walter Gorney Duke Domestic
B. Constance Barry Duke Domestics
P. Jay Sidney Heritage Club Doorman
Avon Long Ezra
Tom Mardirosian Officer Pantuzzi
Charles Brown Officer Reynolds
Nicholas Guest Harry
Robert Earl Jones Attendant
Peter Hock Cop #2
Clint Smith Doo Rag Lenny
Ron Taylor Big Black Guy
Giancarlo Esposito Cellmate #2
James Eckhouse Guard
Paul Gleason Clarence Beeks
Gwyllum Evans President of Heritage Club
Frank Oz Corrupt Cop
Eddie Jones Cop #3
John McCurry Cop #4
Michelle Mais Hooker #1
Bill Cobbs Bartender
Joshua Daniel Party Goer
Jacques Sandulescu Creepy Man
Kelly Leigh Curtis Muffy
Bo Diddley Pawnbroker
Alfred Drake President of Exchange
Lucianne Buchanan President's Mistress
Paul Garcia Jr. Executive #1
Philip Bosco Doctor
Bill Boggs Newscaster
Jim Belushi Harvey
Al Franken Baggage Handler
Tom Davis Baggage Handler
Don McLeod Gorilla
Stephen Stucker Station Master
Richard Hunt Wilson
Paul Austin Trader #1
John Randolph Jones Trader #2
Jack Davidson Trader #3
Bernie McInerney Trader
Maurice Copeland Secretary of Agriculture
Ralph Clanton Official #1
Gary Klar Longshoreman
Afemo Omilami Longshoreman
Barry Dennen Demitri
Bryan Clark Official #2
Barra Khan Hooker #2

Technical Credits
John Landis Director,Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Jack Engel Makeup
George Folsey Executive Producer
Timothy Harris Screenwriter
Richard C. Kratina Camera Operator
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Aaron Russo Producer
Irwin Russo Associate Producer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
David Sosna Asst. Director
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Herschel Weingrod Screenwriter
Sam Williams Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trading Places
1. Philadelphia [3:34]
2. Pork Bellies [2:51]
3. Duke & Duke [2:06]
4. Is There a Problem, Officers? [5:02]
5. The Usual Wager [2:23]
6. Whiskey, All You Want [2:39]
7. Billy Ray's Stuff [4:29]
8. Thief Among Us [1:02]
9. It Was a Stone Groove, My Man [4:37]
10. Heroin Dealer [3:52]
11. A Couple of Bookies [6:27]
12. Ophelia's Flat [:53]
13. Mr. Valentine Sets the Price [5:03]
14. Fifty Bucks [3:20]
15. Christmas Eve [5:21]
16. A Most Absurd Nightmare [2:24]
17. Merry New Year [1:28]
17. FCOJ [3:11]
18. Turn the Machines Back On [3:31]
19. Looking Good [1:40]


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Trading Places 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great comedy. It can be enjoyed by anyone. And who would of thought we would ever see jaimee Lee Curtis's you know whats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was excellent. It had a good storyline. Eddie Murphy,Dan Aykroyd,and Jamie Lee Curtis were fantastic. I definitely recommend this movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that it was a great movie for cheering one up. It's a great movie for anytime of the year to get you in the spirit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's just me, but I must have missed the memo that "Jamie Curtis'you know whats" were the focus of this movie. I was more in tune with the acting, the direction, dialogue, you know things like that. But maybe it's just me.