Coming to America
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I also like the fact that the Kingdom of Zamunda was filled with kindness, and the people were happy, the royal family was truly wealthy and had everything. You know, this movie is truly a fantasy and helps us escape from our everyday lives. Just to see the Queen and King eating breakfast and talking to their son on a "speaker phone" because the table is so long, is funny. The King and Queen taking their entourage to Queens when they received the telegram to send $1 million to Semmi who had spent up all his pocket change is one of my favorite scenes.Read more ›
The DVD itself, on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. As far as extras go the only ammenity offered is 1 lousy trailer. Also, the video transfer itself is far from pristine and the Dolby 5.1 audio track sounds like it could still be sweetend up. Sure, i suppose the fact that this DVD was authored back in 1999 may explain why the disc comes across as a bit primitive in terms of bells and whistles, but with that being said, it's high time for a proper re-release to do this comedy classic some audio-visual justice!
- when they all get up from the leather couch and there is soul glow grease all over it from where their heads were ("Just let your Soul GLLLOOOWW!!").
- when Samuel L. Jackson robs the McDowell's restaurant that Murphy and Hall are working at. The ensuing scene between Jackson and Murphy is classic.
- when Murphy gets his hair cut off in the barbershop (Snip. "that'll be 10 dollars").
- that "She's Your Queen to Be" song.
There are so many more scenes that I love that I could mention. A must-see!
Although the film had many pre and post-production problems (director Landis almost walked off the set due to a fight with Murphy; Murphy was successfully sued by columnist Art Buchwald for "stealing" his idea of an African prince who goes in search of a wife) the final production is pure comic genius at it's best. Undeniabley, Murphy is the king of a thousand faces. Just like his success in doing multiple roles in such films at the "Nutty Professor," in this film he plays 4 roles.
Besides Akeem, Murphy is hysterical as the barbershop owner, the old Jewish man who frequents the barbershop, and finally as the talentless singer Randy Jackson (who performs with his band "Sexual Chocolate"). Makeup artists Rick Baker does a spectacular job as always when creating the different personas.
Shot mostly in New York, this happens to be Murphy's last great comedy during his years at Paramount. Most of his later films such as "Harlem Nights," "Distinguished Gentleman," and "Another 48 Hours," were not big box office hits. With a recent string of hits produced by Imagine/Universal, Murphy is back to his comedic genius.
Keep an eye out for a pre-"ER" Eriq LaSalle as Daryl, the Soul-Glo King, and Samuel L. Jackson as a guy who holds-up the McDowell's (not "McDonald's"--watch the film to understand why) restaurant.Read more ›
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One of the best comedys Murphy has done. Ive watched it many times and it never gets old. It has nudity, mild violence, Rocky Marciano, and Martin Luther the King, so just watch... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by scoops812
I've seen this movie many times, so the fact that I'm now purchasing it indicates how much I enjoy it. This is a movie that will make you laugh and at times will warm your heart. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Joanne E. Sgrignoli
One of my favorite movies ever!!!
It is a crack up.
Never gets old. I must have seen this 20 times.
Eddie Murphy is hilarious! Read more
One of the funniest movies ! The cast from James Earl Jones to Arsenio Hall to Eddie Murphy is great. Love the inclusion of Don Ameche & Ralph Bellamy from Trading Places.Published 26 days ago by LA Becky
"Wipers!" Classic Eddie Murphy all the way. I couldn't believe James Earl Jones was in it! I saw this when it came out in the 80s. Glad that I watched it again!Published 29 days ago by Reading Machine
Classic! A great addition to your classic collection. I mean, seriously, I don't know anyone who didn't enjoy Coming to America.Published 1 month ago by New York City Girl
I'm a huge fan of Eddie Murphy! I really enjoy watching this movie! The quality and audio of this video is excellent! It was money well spent!Published 1 month ago by Jean White