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Coming to America

Rated R 116 minutes 1988

Eddie Murphy is an African prince looking for an American bride in Queens in a comedy directed by John Landis and written by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein, based on a story by Murphy. Murphy takes on a softer edge than usual this time: the plot recalls a Jeanette MacDonald operetta of the Depression, the mythical African country looks like a Beverly Hills fever dream, and, true to Murphy's idealized black middle-class view of things, everybody gets what he wants without much fuss or sacrifice, and virtually the only poor people in evidence are white. Murphy and his pal Arsenio Hall, who plays his royal assistant, also impersonate a few other characters. With James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, John Amos, and Shari Headley (1988).

Film Credits

Director: John Landis

Producer: George Folsey Jr. and Robert D. Wachs

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, John Amos, James Jones, Shari Headley, Madge Sinclair, Eriq La Salle, Allison Dean, Paul Bates, Louie Anderson, Clint Smith, Vanessa Bell, Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy

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