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Coming to America Details

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Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince's faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To avoid fortune hunters, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a "Joe job" at a fast-food restaurant. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerable celebrity cameos peppered throughout the proceedings -- including the Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) from Trading Places. Coming to America made further headlines when humorist Art Buchwald sued the film's producers for plagiarizing one of his works. Buchwald carried the case to trial, where he won a sizeable judgement against the film's producers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 29, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Baker Best Makeup 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Deborah Nadoolman Best Costume Design 1988 Nominee

Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Clarence
Eddie Murphy
as Prince Akeem
Eddie Murphy
as Randy Watson
Eddie Murphy
as Saul
Arsenio Hall
as Extremely Ugly Girl
Arsenio Hall
as Morris
Arsenio Hall
as Rev. Brow
Arsenio Hall
as Semmi
John Amos
as Cleo McDowell
James Earl Jones
as King Jaffe Joffer
Shari Headley
as Lisa McDowell
Madge Sinclair
as Queen Aoleon
Eriq La Salle
as Darryl Jenks
Allison Dean
as Patrice McDowell
Paul Bates
as Oha
Louie Anderson
as Maurice
Clint Smith
as Sweets
Vanessa Bell
as Imani Izzi
Don Ameche
as Mortimer Duke
Ralph Bellamy
as Randolph Duke
Janette Colon
as Fresh Peaches
Clyde Jones
as Soul Glo Man
Steve White
as Subway Guy
Raymond Turner
as T-Shirt Hawker
Jim Abrahams
as Face on Cutting-room Floor
Montrose Hagins
as Grandma Jenks
Aurorah Allain
as Dancer
Carla Earle
as Tough Girl
Stephanie Clark
as Dancer
Stephanie Simon
as Rose Bearer
Tonja Rivers
as Party Guest
Leah Aldridge
as Dancer
Elaine Kagan
as Telegraph Lady
Birdie M. Hale
as Elderly Passenger
David Sosna
as Cartier Delivery Man
Vanessa Colon
as Sugar Cube
Tanya Lynne Lee
as Dancer
Patricia Matthews
as Devil Woman
Calvin Lockhart
as Col. Izzi
Michele Watley
as Bather
Ruben Hudson
as Street Hustler
Mindora Mimms
as Awareness Woman
Paula Brown
as Dancer
Felicia Taylor
as Bather
Lisa Gumora
as Kinky Girl
Monique Mannen
as Boring Girl/Dancer
Sharon Ferrol
as Dancer
Helen Hanft
as Subway Lady
Jerald Vincent
as Dancer
Paulette Banoza
as Soul Glo Woman
Eyan Williams
as Dancer
June Boykins
as Strange Woman
Karen Renee Owens
as Ex-Siamese Twin/Dancer
Cynthia Finkley
as Awareness Woman
Victoria Dillard
as Bather/Dancer
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Basketball-game Vendor
Mary Bond Davis
as Big Stank Woman
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Boy Getting Haircut
Frankie R. Faison
as Landlord
Samuel L. Jackson
as Hold-Up Man
Michael Tadross
as Taxi Driver
Kara Young
as Stuck-up Girl
Billi Gordon
as Large Woman
Jake Steinfeld
as Cab Driver
Garcelle Beauvais
as Rose Bearer
Sheila Johnson
as Lady-in-Waiting

Crew

John Landis
Director
John Landis
Screenwriter
Eddie Murphy
Screen Story
David Sheffield
Screenwriter
Barry W. Blaustein
Screenwriter
Woody Omens
Cinematographer
Allan Scott
Songwriter
Smokey Robinson
Featured Music
Dr. Dre
Songwriter
Gerald Levert
Songwriter
Linda Creed
Featured Music
Tyran Carlo
Songwriter
Lamont Dozier
Songwriter
Marvin Gaye
Featured Music
Michael Masser
Songwriter
Nancy Huang
Songwriter
Nile Rodgers
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Chiten
Songwriter
Solomon Linda
Songwriter
Freddie Washington
Songwriter
Allee Willis
Songwriter
Gardner Cole
Songwriter
Danny Sembello
Songwriter
Malcolm Campbell
Editor
George Folsey, Jr.
Editor
Richard B. Lewis
Art Director
Robert D. Wachs
Co-producer
George Folsey, Jr.
Co-producer
David Sosna
Associate Producer
Leslie Belzberg
Executive Producer
Mark Lipsky
Executive Producer
Lawrence Hubbs
Set Designer
Gil Clayton
Set Designer
Greg Papalia
Set Designer
Deborah Nadoolman
Costume Designer
Kelly Kimball
Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan
Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Cangemi
Special Effects
Bill Taylor
Special Effects
Syd Dutton
Special Effects
David Sosna
First Assistant Director
John Sherrod
Stunts
Paula Abdul
Choreography
Jackie Burch
Casting
Rick Baker
Makeup
Rick Baker
Makeup Special Effects
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