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Trading Places


Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott View All


John Landis (Director), Timothy Harris (Screenplay), Herschel Weingrod (Screenplay) View All

Release: Jun. 7th, 1983
Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes
A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
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The film's relatively long running time works against it as it not only drags out the respective rise and fall of Murphy and Aykroyd but also drags out its conclusion; the entire train sequence already feels like the kind of climax that should end the film, which makes the film's falling action involving the stock market feel awfully tacked on even in this somewhat bloated film.
This is the story of a pair of wealthy industrialist brothers named Randolph and Mortimer Duke, who on the premise of a $1.00 bet, alter the lives of their spoiled rich nephew (Dan Aykroyd) and a streetwise con-man (Murphy) by arranging for Aykroyd's life and reputation to be destroyed and have it all thrust upon Murphy, giving him Aykroyd's old life.