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on 6 June 2013
This is one really awesome film/movie - very well acted, very funny and generally just great :) i wont say anymore otherwise i will give away the ending :)
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on 23 July 2003
This film's absolutely hilarious from start to finish and in my opinion is funnier, although not necessarily better than (hate to say this) The Blues Brothers and National Lampoon's Animal House. Mortimer and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) are commodity brokers who enjoy a little wager now and then. For the latest bet, Randolph believes they can take a common criminal and make him a successful businessman. The criminal, Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy), is to be given the job and home of Louis (Dan Aykroyd), who in turn is set up for crimes he didn't commit, to see if he resorts to crime once he's lost his riches and snobbish friends. If you feel like a good laugh than this film is perfect!
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on 23 September 2006
Its definately the cast that makes this movie a classic. Quality performances from everyone and one of my favourite Denholm Elliot movies up there with the Indiana Jones appearances. Definately one that everyone should have in their collection.
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on 26 April 2011
This is pure 1980s comedy gold. You will already know the 'rags to riches' and 'riches to rags' story by either having seen this classic or by having read other viewers comments. This film is a delight from start to finish. Eddie Murphy has never been better (perhaps only equaled by his other fantastic comic turn in 'Beverly Hills Cop' a year later). One film to own and watch repeatedly.
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on 20 April 2012
Though this movie is all about Murphy and Ackroyd, one would be a fool not to see that it is Jamie Lee Curtis' performance as a level headed prostitute that raises the bar in this film.

Trading Places was probably shown every six months on British televison back in the 80's, and so as a young kid went down as one of my 'classics'. Well after revisting the film after many years and despite it's groggy start, I am pleased to say that Trading Places holds up very well. It's also nice to see a lot of New York location. The jokes are not thick and fast but when they do come they are warm and genuine.

Curtis is just brilliant here, showing that she was far from just being a typical scream queen.
Mention too should go to Denholm Elliot who plays a butler as though it had been his day job.

Trading Places launched Murphy's career in Hollywood, where he could seemingly do no wrong in the 80's, a shame that the 90's came.
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on 9 May 2014
Great film with plenty of laughs, Randolph & Mortimer decide to have a little wager to see if they can exchange the lives of 2 people one being their employee Windthorpe and the other being tramp Billy Ray. As their plan comes into action there are plenty of mishaps alng the way with Windthorpe being snubbed by all but Opheilia played by Jamie Lee Curtis who plays a hooker and takes pity on him by taking him in as he promises to pay her back with interest if she helps him to discover who is behind his downfall, Billy Ray on the other hand has a new luxury lifestyle and and the 2 eventually comes face to face they realise they have been set up by the old brothers and the bet turns out to be for $1 as to which Billy Ray overhears them discussing, so this comes to a well deserving showdown and by the end of the film Windthorpe and Billy Ray along with Ophelia and Coleman the butler have their revenge on the 2 Randolph&Mortimer. Great film.
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on 6 July 2012
This is probably one of the funniest films of the 1980's. It not only is a play on the classic nature vs. nurture theme, but it is also a somewhat comedic commentary on the "greed is good" decade of the 80's. However, it is also a nice bridging of the generations as it features two of the biggest stars to come from "Saturday Night Live" Eddie Murphy does a fine job as con man Billy Ray and Dan Ackroyd is great as Louis. Jamie Lee Curtis is also wonderful as Ophelia. In fact, it was good to see her do something other than the "scream queen" roles which she became famous for during the early part of her career. She definitely shows the comedic timing that she would display later in her career and would make her one of the finest comedic actresses in film today. However, the one that really steals it for me is Denholm Elliot as Coleman. He delivers a very low key performance that is befitting for that role.
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on 2 February 2016
This is a great film. Glad to own this on Blu-Ray
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on 2 September 2013
"Trading Places" is a quirky and social commentary type of film that touches on the nurture versus nature debate. Two affluent, gifted, but calculating brothers (with the Duke family name) make a bet on whether a man's personality is shaped by their genes or by the socio-economic class that they are born into. The two men run a multimillion dollar corporation. Devious but shrewd plans are put into place that cause two men to unintentionally swap places (played in a superb fashion by Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy). I also enjoyed Jamie Lee Curtis's persuasive performance as a woman named Ophelia who is unconventionally goal oriented and ambitious despite her upbringing. "Trading Places" is a suitable film choice for those who are curious about the debate surrounding the nature versus nurture idea.
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on 27 September 2011
This superb comedy from John Landis-(An American WereWolf in London, Blues Brothers, Into the Night), Starring Dan Ackroyd and then about to become a World Event-Eddie Murphy...
The story is quite simple, a wealthy white man is put into the position of poverty and crime and his coloured contemporay is placed into his rich/white social position...
These two are guinea pigs for a bet taken out by the Duke brothers...
The movie marked a high mark for all involved, a breakthrough for Jamie Lee Curtis(Orphelia)-finally getting away from the horror movie roles, Dan Ackroyd is the nominal lead-his Winthorpe character is the central drive of the movie, and his relationship with Billy Ray Valentine-Eddie murphy(even when not in same scene).
Murphy's star at the time was in ascendant, and for his 1st major roles(48Hrs, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop), he is Brilliant, fast, funny, and a true movie star/comedy actor.

Worth seeking out for a look at murphy/ackroyd team-up, made like a 1930s screwball(with an adult language allowance...), Landis directs a true comedy classic...
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