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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 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 ...
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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 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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 097361223827
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Florence Anglin Duke Domestic
Paul Austin Trader #1
B. Constance Barry Duke Domestics
Jim Belushi Harvey
Bill Boggs Newscaster
Philip Bosco Doctor
Charles Brown Officer Reynolds
W.B. Brydon Bank Manager
Lucianne Buchanan President's Mistress
Ralph Clanton Official #1
Bryan Clark Official #2
Bill Cobbs Bartender
Maurice Copeland Secretary of Agriculture
Kelly Leigh Curtis Muffy
Joshua Daniel Party Goer
Jack Davidson Trader #3
Tom Davis Baggage Handler
Tom Degidon Duke Domestic
Alan Dellay Duke Domestic
Barry Dennen Demitri
Bo Diddley Pawnbroker
Alfred Drake President of Exchange
Sue Dugan Duke Domestic
James Eckhouse Guard
Giancarlo Esposito Cellmate #2
Gwyllum Evans President of Heritage Club
Al Franken Baggage Handler
Paul Garcia Jr. Executive #1
Paul Gleason Clarence Beeks
Walter Gorney Duke Domestic
Nicholas Guest Harry
Peter Hock Cop #2
Richard Hunt Wilson
Ed Jones Cop #3
Robert Earl Jones Attendant
John Randolph Jones Trader #2
Barra Khan Hooker #2
Gary Klar Longshoreman
Robert Lee
John Bedford Lloyd Andrew
Avon Long Ezra
William Magerman Duke Domestic
Michelle Mais Hooker #1
Tom Mardirosian Officer Pantuzzi
John McCurry Cop #4
Bernie McInerney Trader
Don McLeod Gorilla
Jim Newell Duke & Duke Employee
Afemo Omilami Longshoreman
Frank Oz Corrupt Cop
Herb Peterson
Jacques Sandulescu Creepy Man
P. Jay Sidney Heritage Club Doorman
Clint Smith Doo Rag Lenny
Stephen Stucker Station Master
Ron Taylor Big Black Guy
Maurice Woods Duke & Duke Employee
Technical Credits
John Landis Director, Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Jack Engel Makeup
George Folsey Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastico!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Um...

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie!!! A must see....

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    classic and funny

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Ingenious and laugh-out-loud funny.

    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!

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    Posted December 17, 2009

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