The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 59):
22. “Coming to America” (1988)
An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.
Eddie Murphy—Prince Akeem, Clarnce, Randy Watson and Saul
Arsenio Hall—Semmi, Extremely Ugly Guy, Morris, Reverend Brown
James Earl Jones—King Jaffe Joffer
John Amos—Cleo McDowell
Madge Sinclair—Queen Aoleon
Shari Headley—Lisa McDowell
Eriq La Salle—Darryl Jenks
Allison Dean—Patrice McDowell
Facts about the this movie:
*Budget: $39,000,000 (estimated)
*Gross: $288,800,000 (Worldwide)
*Director Trademark: [John Landis] [look to camera] When Patricia tells Daryl he needs to take off his wet clothes after he tells her that Lisa dumped him, he looks directly into the camera. Also, at the Mcdowels' house and Leo's daughter says "Why does she always get the good ones?", the dog does the same thing
*The bums that pick up the money that Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) drops are the "Duke Brothers" (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) from Trading Places (also directed by John Landis). In that movie, Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) was responsible for The Dukes losing their fortune.
*The barbers call Akeem "Kunta Kinte", a reference to Roots. John Amos, who plays Cleo McDowell (Lisa's father), played the adult Kunta Kinte in Roots. Madge Sinclair (Queen Aoleon), played Kunta Kinte's wife and James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer) played Alex Haley Jr. in Roots: The Next Generations.
*When King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) meets Lisa's father in the restaurant, he warns him to keep his presence secret from Akeem. As King Joffer leaves the restaurant, he says, "Do not alert him to my presence. I'll deal with him myself," similar to lines Jones delivered as Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
*The "McDowell's" restaurant was actually a Wendy's on Queens Blvd. that was scheduled to be closed for a complete renovation. Although the production had approval from McDonald's corporate headquarters, they apparently didn't pass the word down to their local outlets. On the day the "McDowell's" sign was erected, the manager of the McDonald's 1/2 mile further up the road arrived with his lawyer and proceeded to take photographs while telling the set dressing crew they were going to be sued for everything they were worth.
*Sidney Poitier was originally considered for the role of King Jaffe Joffer.
*Vanessa Williams was originally considered for the role of Lisa McDowell.
*Director John Landis and Eddie Murphy did not get along and Murphy vowed to never work with Landis again. However, the two later reconciled and Eddie personally asked John to direct Beverly Hills Cop 3.
*A television pilot of a weekly sitcom version of the film was produced for CBS following this film's successful release. The series starred Tommy Davidson as Prince Tariq, and Paul Bates reprised his role as Oha. The pilot went unsold, but was televised on July 4, 1989 as an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse.
Why I Picked this movie #22:
1.It still hold up
2. It is timeless.
3. Funny has hell.
4. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
5. It has Eddie Murphy from the 80’s when he was nothing but money. And he could actually make you laugh, unlike now a days. Was able to play three or four different people in the movie and everyone of them was funny has hell.
6. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
7. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
8. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall play off of each great.
9. Arsenio Hall played three or four different people in the movie and everyone of them was funny has hell
10. Awesome cast.
11. Stolen or not, it was a great Script.
12. Non-stop laughing, action with a touch of heart from beginning to conclude.
13. Once again shows how great of actor Eddie Murphy could have been.
14. Stolen or not, it was a great story.
15. It was third to last movie movies before Eddie Murphy fell off deep end in every way someone can.
First time seeing it: