Trading Places

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    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]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

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