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Release Date: June 8th, 1983

DVD Release Date: September 24th, 2002

R|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.

Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Kristin Holby, Paul Gleason, Jamie Lee Curtis

Director: John Landis

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Cinema Group Ventures

Keywords: Rivalry, Hilarious, Office, 1980s, Engaging, Underdog, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's easily the best of the movies I've seen by the various "Saturday Night Live" alumni, and part of the reason it's funny and satisfying is that it doesn't strain. [09 Jun 1983]

  • But what's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other. show more

  • It's the funniest new movie on town. [July 22, 1983]

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Awards

Winner Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Music (Original Song Score or Adaptation Score)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)