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They're not just getting rich... they're getting even.
Directed By
John Landis
Produced By
Aaron Russo
Written By
  • Timothy Harris
  • Herschel Weingrod
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Ralph Bellamy
  • Don Ameche
  • Denholm Elliott
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Kristin Holby
  • Paul Gleason
Edited By
Malcolm Campbell
Robert Paynter
Music By
Elmer Bernstein
  • Cinema Group Ventures
  • Eddie Murphy Productions
Distributed By
Paramount Pictures
United States
Release Date
June 8, 1983
118 Minutes
Rating R.gif
$15 million

Trading Places (1983) is an American comedy written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod, directed by John Landis, and starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet.

Plot[edit | edit source]

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.[1]

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Dan Aykroyd as Louis Winthorpe III
  • Eddie Murphy as Billy Ray Valentine
  • Ralph Bellamy as Randolph Duke
  • Don Ameche as Mortimer Duke
  • Denholm Elliott as Coleman
  • Jamie Lee Curtis as Ophelia
  • Kristin Holby as Penelope Witherspoon
  • Paul Gleason as Clarence Beeks

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The storyline is often called a modern take on Mark Twain's classic 19th century novel The Prince and the Pauper.
  • This film is allegedly set in the same universe as Coming to America.

References[edit | edit source]

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