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Story

Half of the characters in this 1988 John Landis potboiler seem to be played either by Eddie Murphy or costar Arsenio Hall, swaddled in elaborate Rick Baker makeup appliances that render them unrecognizable but also weirdly immobile. As a pampered African prince who journeys incognito to Queens, New York, to find a bride who will love him just for himself, Murphy manages to look smug and naive at the same time. There are enjoyable sequences of Murphy's Prince Akeem applying his lordly manner to his new job in a fast-food emporium, and falling for the boss's spirited daughter (Shari Headley), who teaches him how to party down, American style. But the fish-out-water premise is never fully exploited. Star spotters will have a field day locating Cuba Gooding Jr., Donna Summer, Louie Anderson, Vondie Curtis Hall, E.R.'s Eriq La Salle, and Samuel L. Jackson in their minuscule supporting roles. --David Chute

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Eddie MurphyPrince Akeem/Clarence/Randy Watson/Saul
Arsenio HallSemmi/Extremely Ugly Girl/Morris/Reverend Brown
James Earl JonesKing Jaffe Joffer
John AmosCleo McDowell
Madge SinclairQueen Aoleon
Shari HeadleyLisa McDowell
Eriq La SalleDarryl Jenks
Frankie FaisonLandlord
Samuel L. JacksonHold-Up Man
Cuba Gooding Jr.Boy Getting Haircut
Ruben Santiago-HudsonStreet Hustler

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: John Landis
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 29, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 12, 2002
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