Coming to America
The four funniest men in America are Eddie Murphy.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of America
- Fit for Akeem: The Costumes of Coming To America
- Character Building: The Many Faces of Rick Baker
- Composing America: The Musical Talents of Nile Rodgers
- A Vintage Sit-Down with Eddie and Arsenio
- Theatrical Trailer
- Photo Gallery
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley, Eriq La Salle, Frankie Faison, Vanessa Bell Calloway & Louie Anderson|
|Directed by||John Landis|
|Edited by||Malcolm Campbell & George Folsey, Jr.|
|Composition by||Nile Rodgers|
|Director of Photography:||Sol Negrin & Woody Omens|
Rating: 3/4 -- Murphy has dealt audiences the movie equivalent of a royal flush and he is now clearly Hollywood's reigning king of comedy. Full Review
New York Daily News
Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis, takes a lame idea and some very talented comedic actors and manages to avoid a complete disaster. But just barely. Full Review
United Press International
Rating: 3/4 -- Murphy delivers one of his most likable performances. Full Review
A screenplay that seems to have escaped its doctors before it was entirely well.
New York Times
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Murphy gives his sweetest, most touching, and most genuinely likable performance to date, playing a character who embraces society instead of holding it in contempt. Full Review
The director is ... rather distracted; John Landis seems to be browsing through the scenes rather than gobbling them down. Full Review
Superb comic timing, a satirical edge, and Murphy's extraordinary gift for mimicry lift it right out of the trough of mediocrity to which it is all but consigned by its utterly predictable storyline. Full Review
In this modern-day fairy tale, Eddie Murphy stars as a wealthy and pampered African prince who comes to America in search of a bride. His destination, of course, is Queens, New York. Accompanied by his closest companion (Arsenio Hall), the Prince quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies, and more trouble than he ever imagined. COMING TO AMERICA is a hysterical fable with Murphy and Hall playing hilarious multiple roles with the help of astounding makeup effects.
This fantastical fairy tale stars Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, a pampered African prince who is yearning to be self-sufficient in his extremely opulent society, where his every whim is catered to. When Akeem turns 21 he defies the wishes of his kingdom and refuses to marry the beautiful bride who has been chosen for him. Instead, he sets out for America to find true love with his trusty sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall). Determined to appear common, the pair arrive in Queens, New York, and quickly have to adapt to a world where they are no longer royalty and can't seem to find a modern woman who suits the prince's tastes--until he meets Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley), the lovely daughter of Cleo McDowell (John Amos), who owns McDowell's restaurant, a fast-food restaurant suspiciously like McDonald's. Akeem and Semmi get jobs at McDowell's and set about charming the unsuspecting Lisa. As the romance blossoms, Akeem has an increasingly difficult time hiding his true identity, especially when his royal parents (James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair) and their entourage arrive in New York, eager to return their only heir to Africa. John Landis's comedy is an intelligent, funny movie that shows off the myriad talent of Murphy and Hall.
- Landis's trademark SYNW appears on a subway station poster for a fictional movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis (a reference to Landis's TRADING PLACES).
- Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall have numerous cameo roles in the film, disguised by extremely innovative makeup and hair.
- There is a cameo appearance by Mortimer and Randolph Duke (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) from John Landis's TRADING PLACES, as bums that Eddie Murphy's character gives a large sum of money to.
- In September 1995, Paramount Pictures settled a lawsuit for breach of contract brought in 1988 by newspaper columnist Art Buchwald and producer Alain Bernheim. The two contended that COMING TO AMERICA was based on a two-page treatment that Buchwald sold to Paramount in 1983. They claimed that their contract with the studio entitled them to a percentage of the film's net profit; Paramount argued that even if the film was based on the treatment, the film had not generated a net profit (based on the byzantine accounting formulae used by movie studios). By that time, the film had grossed in excess of $140 million. Buchwald and Bernheim's settlement came to more than $1 million.