Trading Places

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great movie

on 3/13/2008

never tire of watching this movie. Very funny.

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As the result of a bet made between two rich brothers, the lifestyles of a street hustler and a broker are reversed.


Studio Paramount
SKU 204238624
UPC 097361223841
UPC 14 00097361223841
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Akroyd,Dan
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Cast & Crew
Aaron Russo - Producer
Dan Aykroyd - Actor
Don Ameche - Actor
Eddie Murphy - Actor
Elmer Bernstein - Original Music By
Gene Rudolf - Production Designer
George Folsey, Jr. - Executive Producer
Herschel Weingrod - Writer
Jamie Lee Curtis - Actor
John Landis - Director
Malcolm Campbell - Editor
Robert Paynter - Cinematographer
Timothy Harris - Writer
Winner (1984) British Academy Awards, Denholm Elliot, Best Supporting Actor,British Academy Awards, Jamie Lee Curtis, Best Supporting Actress
Nominee (1984) British Academy Awards, Timothy Harris, Best Screenplay - Original,Golden Globe, Eddie Murphy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Golden Globe, Trading Places, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Oscar, Elmer Bernstein, Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score
British Academy Awards (1984) Denholm Elliott, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Jamie Lee Curtis, Winner, Best Supporting Actress,Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Original
Golden Globe (1984) Eddie Murphy, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Trading Places, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Oscar (1984) Elmer Bernstein, Nominee, Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score
Review Trading Places is a classic comedy in every sense of the word. They just do not make adult comedies like this anymore. Nowadays rated R comedies tend to be immature gross out fests, like "Harold and Kumar", or "American Pie". These are funny and a good time to watch, but they are not adult comedies by any means. They are teen movies...This movie brings two comic legends to the screen. Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy shine together in this film. The premise is genius, and the situational comedy could not be better. This is also topped off by many cameos, and a great supporting role by Jamie Lee Curtis. One reason this movie is still so popular, besides the obvious comic chemistry, is one little scene of Jamie Lee Curtis topless...What makes a great comedy is obvious. Comedy makes a great comedy. This movie is full of it...Overall this movie will, and should be in everyone's collections.
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Trading Places" resembles "Tootsie" and, for that matter, some of the classic Frank Capra and Preston Sturges comedies: It wants to be funny, but it also wants to tell us something about human nature and there are whole stretches when we forget it's a comedy and get involved in the story. And it's a great idea for a story...This is good comedy. It's especially good because it doesn't stop with sitcom manipulations of its idea, and it doesn't go only for the obvious points about racial prejudice in America. Instead, it develops the quirks and peculiarities of its characters, so that they're funny because of who they are. This takes a whole additional level of writing on top of the plot-manipulation we usually get in popular comedies, and it takes good direction, too...But what's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other in "Trading Places," because they're both capable of being so specifically eccentric that we're never just looking at a "black" and a "white" (that would make the comedy unworkable). They both play characters with a lot of native intelligence to go along with their prejudices, peculiarities and personal styles. It's fun to watch them thinking...The supporting cast has also been given detailed attention, instead of being assigned to stand around as stereotypes. Jamie Lee Curtis plays a hooker with a heart of gold and a lot of T-bills; Ameche and Bellamy have a lot of fun with the Duke brothers, and Denholm Elliott successfully plays butler to both Aykroyd and Murphy, which is a stretch...The movie's invention extends all the way to the climactic scenes, which involve, not the usual manic chase, but a commodities scam, a New Year's Eve party on a train and a gay gorilla.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource DVD Sleuth
Review Today, the idea of a Saturday Night Live cast member (or several at once) starring in a film is no big deal. However, this was a new idea in the show's early days and it took a few years for the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" to make the jump to the big screen. Once it happened, it seemed very commonplace. It then became accepted for actors from the show to work together in films. Day Aykroyd made The Blues Brothers and Neighbors with fellow SNL alum John Belushi prior to Belushi's death. 1983's Trading Places introduced a new idea, as it had Saturday Night Live cast members from two generations, Aykroyd along-side Eddie Murphy, appear together in a film...If for nothing else, Trading Places must be celebrated for its cast. Watching the film today, it's hard to believe the number of talented and familiar faces in the cast. Along with Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, and Denholm Elliot, we have Paul Gleason, Al Franken, Jim Belushi, Frank Oz, and the dad from Beverly Hills, 90210. This cast lends to the sophisticated air of the film and helps to elevate Trading Places above the other comedies of its day...In my recent review for Coming to America, I mentioned that Hollywood used to make R-rated comedies for adults, and Trading Places is a perfect example of this trend. To this day, I still don't know what the hell is happening in the commodities trading scene (Did I miss something? Is there a missing scene where they bought all of the orange juice?), but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the film. Trading Places may not be a laugh riot, but it's a solid film with funny moments and a smart satiric undertone.
Reviewer Mike Long
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, English, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Akroyd,Dan
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Almar Haflidason, BBC Film Review of the best comedies of the 1980s...
Bill Clark, From the Balcony Hilarious chemistry between Aykroyd and Murphy.
Christopher Null, ...Murphy and Akroyd at the top of their game...
Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice A thoroughly entertaining romp with its lampooning of social snobbery...
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress Enjoyable star comedy with pleasant performances.
Almar Haflidason, BBC Online of the best comedies of the 1980s... ...a classic comedy in every sense of the word...The premise is genius, and the situational comedy could not be better.

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