Trading Places

Starring: Dan Aykroyd & Eddie Murphy Director: John Landis  Rated: R: Restricted
Some very funny business.
Trading Places
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1983
  • Label: Paramount Catalog
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by , &
Composition by
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 10/22/1999
"...Murphy makes a slick segue from hustler to Wall Street wizard..." -- Rating: B+
New York Times - 06/08/1983
"...Consummately slick entertainment....[Aykroyd and Murphy] work together deftly..."
Variety - 06/01/1983
"...Landis knows well the strength of his performers and unleashes them for delightful individual moments and wacky interaction..."
Uncut - 08/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's still funny and sharp-witted..."
Ultimate DVD - 08/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Expect intelligent comedy for the 'greed is good' generation, directed by John Landis at the height of his powers"

Plot Synopsis:

As the result of a bet between two wealthy commodities traders, the lifestyles of a street hustler (Eddie Murphy) and a blue-nosed employee (Dan Akroyd) of the brokerage are reversed. The innocent victims of the bet scramble to make it in their new foreign environments, with hysterical results. Once they discover the switch played on them, they set out to exact their comic revenge on the execs, played by the grand old actors Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche..

Plot Keywords:

Big Business | Buddies | Essential Cinema | Poverty | Rags To Riches | Recommended | Revenge | Satire | Scams And Cons | Switching Roles | Theatrical Release | Vengeance

Production Notes:

  • Director's (Landis's) trademark, SYNW, is a direct reference to "See You Next Wednesday", a line from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Landis has referred to the trademark as a title of a film that he dreamed up when he was 15. SYNW appears in many of his films. It can be seen on a poster in Ophelia's apartment in TRADING PLACES.
  • "Is there a problem, officers'"--Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy)
  • "Hey! This is all right! When I was a kid, we wanted bubbles, we had to fart in the tub."--Billy Ray
  • "It seems to me that the best way to hurt rich people is by making them poor."--Billy Ray

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  • Sales Rank: 81,558
  • UPC: 883929305087
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