Trading Places

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When two bastardly billionaire brothers, Duke and Duke of Duke & Duke Commodities Brokers (Bellamy, Ameche), have a one dollar wager about the respective merits of breeding or environment on a man's character, they engineer the 'trading places' of one of their young financial wizards (Aykroyd, in fine smug form) with a black low-life hustler (Murphy), and sit back to watch Murphy rise and Aykroyd fall. This absurdly wayward premise may be a re-run of the Prince and the Pauper theme, but its snowy Christmas setting in Philadelphia provides the film with more than a hint of Christmas Carol fairytale warmth; it's also a great vehicle for the talents of Murphy, who fulfils with outrageous confidence all that he promised in 48 HRS. As a satire on the internecine savagery of fiscal doings under late Reaganite capitalism, the movie is not as biting as it thinks it is; but it's still the best hoot since Arthur. CPea.

By: CPea

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Landis
Screenwriter: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod
Cast: Denholm Elliott
Kristin Holby
Don Ameche
Dan Aykroyd
Jamie Lee Curtis
Ralph Bellamy
James Belushi
Eddie Murphy

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5 / 5

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I love this movie! I watched this so many times over the years.  Eddie Murphy as the wise cracking down & out, and Dan Ackroyd as the Harvard educated snob both play their part fantastically.  They basically swap lives in an cruel nature vs nurture experiment/wager dreamt up by the Duke brother's who are 'royalty' at the Stock Exchange. There are a lot of laughs along the way as you'd expect with a satisfying turning the tables on the class snob Duke brothers finale.  Wonderful! 

Staff Writer

You know when you watch a film as a kid and you love it but then you revisit it as an adult and think 'wtf is that', well this is not one of them. I love this film! I watched this many a time from childhood and still now it is great! All the actors are great, no weak links in my mind. 

Ackroyd and Murphy the modern day (well of the 80's not so much today) Prince and Pauper, their characters go through a swap n life which unfolds a few truths about the Duke brother. The story unfolds from there and we meet many great characters along the way, including Ophelia played by Jamie Lee Curtis. This is such a hilarious film and does not disappoint.

moderatorStaff Writer

One of my all time favourite comedies, a classic and well worth dusting off to watch great performances from Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy