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The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many [[Feature~V198541~Three Stooges~thethreestooges]] comedies is the basis of [[Performer~P98623~John Landis~johnlandis]]'s hit comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers ([[Performer~P5165~Ralph Bellamy~ralphbellamy]] and [[Performer~P1323~Don Ameche~donameche]]) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine ([[Performer~P51440~Eddie Murphy~eddiemurphy]]) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III ([[Performer~P80282~Dan Aykroyd~danaykroyd]] to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute ([[Performer~P16288~Jamie Lee Curtis~jamieleecurtis]]) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray figures out that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe's faithful butler ([[Performer~P21589~Denholm Elliott~denholmelliott]]) as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Denholm Elliott Best Supporting Actor 1983 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eddie Murphy Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elmer Bernstein Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score 1983 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jamie Lee Curtis Best Supporting Actress 1983 Winner

Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Billy Ray Valentine
Dan Aykroyd
as Louis Winthorpe III
Ralph Bellamy
as Randolph Duke
Don Ameche
as Mortimer Duke
Denholm Elliott
as Coleman
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Ophelia
Kristin Holby
as Penelope
Robert Curtis-Brown
as Todd
John Randolph Jones
as Trader #2
Bo Diddley
as Pawnbroker
Jack Davidson
as Trader #3
Bryan Clark
as Official #2
Paul Austin
as Trader #1
Alan Dellay
as Duke Domestic
Clint Smith
as Doo Rag Lenny
Don McLeod
as Gorilla
Florence Anglin
as Duke Domestic
Gary Klar
as Longshoreman
Gwyllum Evans
as President of Heritage Club
Jacques Sandulescu
as Creepy Man
James Eckhouse
as Guard
Jim Newell
as Duke & Duke Employee
Frank Oz
as Corrupt Cop
Giancarlo Esposito
as Cellmate #2
Paul Gleason
as Clarence Beeks
Philip Bosco
as Doctor
Lucianne Buchanan
as President's Mistress
Maurice Copeland
as Secretary of Agriculture
Maurice Woods
as Duke & Duke Employee
Michelle Mais
as Hooker #1
Nicholas Guest
as Harry
Peter Hock
as Cop #2
Ralph Clanton
as Official #1
Afemo Omilami
as Longshoreman
Barry Dennen
as Demitri
Stephen Stucker
as Station Master
Sue Dugan
as Duke Domestic
Bernie McInerney
as Trader
Tom Degidon
as Duke Domestic
Tom Mardirosian
as Officer Pantuzzi
Walter Gorney
as Duke Domestic
Bill Boggs
as Newscaster
Bill Cobbs
as Bartender
William Magerman
as Duke Domestic
Al Franken
as Baggage Handler
Tom Davis
as Baggage Handler
John Bedford Lloyd
as Andrew
James Belushi
as Harvey
Eddie Jones
as Cop #3
Ron Taylor
as Big Black Guy
Robert Earl Jones
as Attendant

Crew

John Landis
Director
Aaron Russo
Producer
John Landis
Screenwriter
Herschel Weingrod
Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Campbell
Editor
Gene Rudolf
Production Designer
Irwin Russo
Associate Producer
George Folsey, Jr.
Executive Producer
Deborah Nadoolman
Costume Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
David Sosna
First Assistant Director
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
Jack Engel
Makeup
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