Hugely funny film - Eddie Murphy's finest moment (by stephen-156)
Right from the opening credits, this film shows quality. It stands above other comedies due to the lack of filler material - every line is memorable. The cast is great; the two leads make the most of their characters both as brokers and bums but never overstep the mark, thanks partly to the tight editing. The plot becomes a little bizarre, but by that time you're already hooked, and the ending of the film is pure joy. To my mind, no recent comedy has been this good; it mixes high and low brow jokes without resorting to toilet humour, it doesn't pull any punches spot the social <more>
commentary , the performances are masterful and the script achieves depth without sacrificing the one-liners or slowing the pace.
Hilarious... best movie either Ackroyd or Murphy have done. (by the-jerk)
I skimmed over the comments to this movie and was heartened to see that so many people love it like I do. It just doesn't seem to be considered by the mainstream to be in the same league as, say, "Beverly Hills Cop" or "Coming to America" when talking about Eddie Murphy's movies, but the fact is that this is hands down his funniest part ever. And Dan Ackroyd is equally hilarious as the at first repulsively elitist Louis Winthorpe III. Add the stellar supporting cast, particularly Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy as the Dukes, Paul Gleason as the slimy Clarence Beeks, <more>
Jamie Lee Curtis as Ophelia, your standard hooker with a heart of gold rarely done as well as here , and Denholm Elliott as Coleman the butler, and you hit a rich vein of comedy gold.The plot is a classic farce situation. The Duke brothers, who clearly feel they are above everybody else, make a bet, for one dollar, over whether anybody regardless of breeding can, in the right environment, become an upper-crust gentleman. So as an experiment to see which one is right, they work circumstances so that the rich Louis Winthorpe III is turned into a miserly bum, while they have Billy Ray Valentine Murphy take his place. He takes over Louis's job, his house, and his standing in the community. Realistic? Well, no, not really, but this is a farce, so it doesn't really have to be. It is, however, hilarious, which is exactly what a farce should be.If there's a running theme in this movie, it is duplicity and mistaken identity. People are constantly being mistaken for something they are not, or forced into a situation where they become something they are not. We see this happen not only with the two main characters in the basic plot, but also with Billy Ray pretending to be a Vietnam veteran, then a karate master; Louis, who despite all appearances as a wimp, claims to have stood up to Billy Ray during their earliest encounter in the movie, when he actually hands Billy Ray his suitcase, setting him up for an arrest, when he was not actually trying to steal anything; Ophelia, who for a price pretends to know Louis outside the police station, further besmirching his name; all three plus Coleman, who each dresses up as a different hilarious ethnic character to trick Clarence Beeks; and Beeks, who in a subsequent scene is mistaken for an actual gorilla because he's wearing a costume Al Franken and Tom Davis as the baggage handlers, marveling over how human the "gorilla" appears, are priceless .Eventually, Billy Ray finds out what is going on, and gets together with Louis to turn the tables on the Dukes. Ophelia who has fallen for Louis and Coleman who feels guilty and used over his part in the whole ruse help them out. Do they get their revenge? Watch the movie and find out. It will be well worth your while. This is easily the funniest movie either Ackroyd or Murphy have ever done its only real competition in this regard is "The Blues Brothers" and to think this was originally meant as a vehicle for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor is odd, because it's hard to imagine either of them in the parts done so well by Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy. John Landis keeps the pace going at a nice fast speed, and being a native Philadelphian, the locales and opening montage including a scene of the Rocky statue are a kick. But of course you'll love this movie even if you're not from Philly.
Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper has seen many incarnations from Disney to The Simpsons. But none have been as cruel and funny and John Landis' Trading Places, which proves just how funny Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy used to be.Louise Winthorpe III is a spoiled, snobby managing director at the Duke & Duke commodities brokerage. Billy Ray Valentine is a poverty-stricken street hustler. Randolph Duke makes a wager with his brother Mortimer that the men can be successfully swapped . The con is on as Valentine is plucked from the streets and Winthorpe is ungraciously dumped on <more>
them. There's loads of fun watching him hit absolute rock bottom while Valentine quickly becomes spoiled and snobby himself.Jamie Lee Curtis is the hugely-boobed hooker with a heart of gold who takes Winthorpe in while the always brilliant Denholm Elliott is Coleman, the unwilling butler caught up in the Dukes' evil plan. Once all four unravel the scam they team-up to destroy the Dukes.Trading Places is crammed full of hilarious scenes, great dialogue, and funny cameos. Who cannot resist Eddie Murphy's foreign exchange student disguise or Ackroyd's Lionel Josef. Even the gorilla in the train is a brilliant character.For those of you who love dark, cruel comedies Trading Places is utterly essential. It may be very 80s, but it never gets old. It's a must see and must have.
Very funny very entertaining movie - murphy's best? (by mab8485)
I loved this movie the whole way through. All the characters are well portrayed: Murphy at his funniest , Ackroyd loved that Santa Claus scene with the salmon , Curtis who we see plenty of, Ameche and Bellamy as the amoral traders, and the utterly obnoxious Gleason as Clarence Beeks who gets his comeuppance in the end. Funny scenes all through this movie, lovely revenge-laden ending without violence - excellent movie, possibly Murphy's best.
One of the Best Comedies of the 80's (by claudio_carvalho)
In Philadelphia, Louis Winthorpe III Dan Aykroyd is a successful commodity broker of the Duke & Duke, owned by the cheap millionaires Randolph Ralph Bellamy and his brother Mortimer Don Ameche Duke. Louis, who was graduated in Harvard, has an upper class lifestyle, living in a mansion with the butler Coleman Denholm Elliott , who also drives his Mercedes Benz, and is engaged of the wealthy Penelope Witherspoon Kristin Holby . After an incident in the sophisticated Heritage Club with the homeless beggar Billy Ray Valentine Eddie Murphy , Randolph defends that the situations of <more>
Louis and Billy Ray were caused by the environment where each man lives while Mortimer defends a genetic issue. They bet one dollar and decide to force Louis and Billy Ray to switch places: they frame Louis, planting drugs and a theft in his pocket, and he is arrested and loses his job, house, car, savings and credit cards; and they invite Billy Ray for the position of Louis. The desperate Louis meets the golden hearted whore Ophelia Jamie Lee Curtis , who lodges him at her house and helps him. When Billy Ray overhears the Duke Brothers discussing their bet in the bathroom, he seeks out Louis and together they plot their revenge."Trading Places" is certainly one of the best comedies of the 80's. Eddie Murphy in the beginning of his career was extremely funny and together with Dan Aykroyd, they are hilarious; the veterans Denholm Elliott, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott are amazing; and Jamie Lee Curtis extremely sexy. I have just watched this movie again now on the DVD released by Paramount Pictures in Brazil Special Edition for Collector that shamefully does not have subtitles in Portuguese. I can read and understand English, but most of the Brazilian population does not. Therefore it is a complete lack of respect from this major distributor. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Trocando as Bolas"
Eddie Murphy stars in The Book of Job (by AlsExGal)
Think about it. Many other biblical stories involve the punishment of 'wicked' people, but the Book of Job is God being a jerk to a good person just to prove a point with Satan, which God doesn't actually win because Job eventually becomes angry with God. So here the Duke brothers are actually being a jerk to two people. Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche play the old money Duke brothers, Randolph and Mortimer. In the classic movie era Ralph Bellamy could play the clueless good guy and he could also play very bad characters. Don Ameche tended towards the good guys in most of his films, <more>
or at least the well meaning. Well here these two are rotten to the core. They are not malicious, they just have no respect or regard for their fellow human beings whatsoever. Dan Akroyd plays Louis Winthorpe III, an employee of the Dukes who is their fair haired up and coming employee. He also comes from a wealthy background with a former debutante for a fiancée. Eddie Murphy plays Billy Ray Valentine, a poor conman, pretending to be a legless Vietnam vet to be a more successful panhandler. As a result of a mix-up, Billy Ray is accused of trying to rob Winthorpe, and Winthorpe chases Billy around his exclusive club, and holds him until the police get there.Now the brothers, who have observed this commotion, have been having an argument about whether environment or breeding makes a man, and they bet one dollar against one another in an experiment in which they will disgrace Winthorpe, cause him to lose his money and his standing in the community, and make him poor. The other half of the experiment is to build up Valentine into someone that they can pass off as one of their employees, and they give him Winthorpe's old house to live in. The experiment will tell whether a change in environment will make a gentleman out of Billy Ray and cause Winthorpe to turn to crime.How are the Dukes being a jerk to Billy Ray? Once the experiment is over they plan to throw him back out into the street. Well the brothers successfully pull off both switches. As a result both Winthorpe and Billy Ray learn the people they thought were friends really aren't. Winthorpe's friends and fiancée abandon him. Billy Ray discovers his friends are hanging around "his house" just for freebies. Meanwhile a beautiful hooker Jamie Lee Curtis takes in Winthorpe who has no idea how to fend for himself without money or at least plastic. She is doing this for a price however, once Winthorpe can reclaim his fortune he promises to pay her well. Funny thing, Curtis' hooker has a plan that would never work today. She is saving her money and putting them in T-Bills at 10% and plans to retire in a few years and live off the interest. Good luck with that plan today since you cant even get banks to pay you .01%. She'd be on her back until she was old and flabby and nobody wanted the ride. How does this all work out? I'll just say "justly". That's all. Try to dig up this oldie from the 80's when greed was good and watch for yourselves. Personally, the Dukes are so bad they are terrific. My favorite exchange between them: Duke brother 1 - "Mother always said you were the greedy one". Duke brother 2 - "She meant it as a compliment."
When it comes to great comic films, nobody recalls the magic between Murphy and Aykroyd in Trading Places. In the early 80's Eddie Murphy was considered the funniest black comedian next to Richard Pryor. Dan Aykroyd was one of the all time great cast members of Saturday Night Live. Both actors started on SNL and were ready to make their career in films. Trading Places is an example of a perfect comedy. It is funny yes, but there is so much more. With its story, the acting, and the political, racial, and economical plots in the film add to its greatness. One of the best comedies to come <more>
out of the 1980's, it stands as one of Eddie Murphy's best earlier films as well as Aykroyd's performances as a character actor. A wonderful and somewhat good family film. If you're that kind of family that is.
Unusually good 80's comedy... contains a lot of sad truth (by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews)
I couldn't remember much of this movie when I borrowed it from a friend to watch for the second time... I can't have been very old when I first saw this, because there were not much more than one scene that I recognized. Even the title seemed new to me. Furthermore, I don't recall thinking about the film... about what it meant. This contains a lot of sad truth. The scenes of Aykroyd's character going from the peak of America's business life to rock bottom in a disturbingly short amount of time provide food for thought. Landis presents these events without pretense or <more>
heavy-handedness... he gives us the facts as they are. No bias. This direct, almost indifferent tone makes it all the more scary... this is the way it is, and that's accepted. The movie also has some insight to prove on racism and greed. Paul Gleason, whom I have only seen in The Breakfast Club and Not Another Teen Movie, spoofing his character in aforementioned movie plays a radically different role, yet still shows some of the authority he's famous for as the principal in The Breakfast Club. That was amusing to watch for someone who enjoyed said film so much. Jamie Lee Curtis bares a lot of skin, for those in the audience looking for that. Aykroyd and Murphy are both extraordinary. They get to play with their characters a lot, to great effect. They create so many funny moments, there are simply too many to list or for mere words to do justice; you'll just have to watch the film for itself. If you are a fan of either actor, you won't be disappointed. The language surprised me, with how uncensored it was, compared to today's standards. The plot is interesting, and based on an intelligent idea. The pacing is dynamic. The acting is all top-notch. The humor is mostly good and tasteful, with few but glaringly obvious exceptions the fate of Beeks being an almost offensive one . The film has more heart than most of its kind... if you watch only one movie of this type, let this be it. I recommend this to fans of the actors and/or director, and people intrigued by the general idea. If you are even considering watching this... take my advice and do so. It is intelligent without being preachy and funny without trying too hard. John Landis has yet again created something big. 8/10
One of the best comedies of the 1980's, this stars Eddie Murphy in one of his best roles alongside Dan Aykroyd. The plot is great, a poor, homeless man who has resorted to a life of crime Murphy and an upper class yuppie involved in the stock market Aykroyd trade places when two devious brothers Aykroyd's employees have a bet. This is a very well written, well acted, and well executed comedy, that makes you laugh, but also grips you with a strong plot. Also has a satisfying ending.