Trading Places

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Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.wikipedia
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Eddie Murphy

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Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
In films, Murphy has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs., the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor.

Don Ameche

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Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star.
Returning to film work in his later years, Ameche enjoyed a fruitful revival of his career beginning with his role as a villain in Trading Places (1983) and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Cocoon (1985).

Denholm Elliott

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Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star.
Some of his well-known roles include the abortionist in Alfie (1966), Marcus Brody in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Coleman in Trading Places (1983), and Mr. Emerson in A Room with a View (1985).

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star.
Curtis' film work spans many genres, including the cult comedies Trading Places (1983), for which she received a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress, and A Fish Called Wanda (1988), for which she earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress.

Aaron Russo

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The film was written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod and was produced by Aaron Russo.
He was best known for producing such movies as Trading Places, Wise Guys, and The Rose.

Dan Aykroyd

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Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
One of his best-received performances was as a blueblood-turned-wretch in the 1983 comedy Trading Places, in which he co-starred with fellow SNL alumnus Eddie Murphy as well as Jamie Lee Curtis.

Timothy Harris (writer)

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The film was written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod and was produced by Aaron Russo.
With Weingrod, Harris collaborated on several projects writing stories and screenplays for films such as Trading Places, Brewster's Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop and Space Jam.

41st Golden Globe Awards

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The film was nominated for several additional awards including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 41st Golden Globe Awards.

Ralph Bellamy

Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star.
This was quickly followed by his role as Randolph Duke, a conniving millionaire commodities trader in Trading Places (1983) alongside Don Ameche.

The Prince and the Pauper

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The storyline is often called a modern take on Mark Twain's classic 19th-century novel The Prince and the Pauper.
Film critic Roger Ebert suggested that the 1983 comedy film Trading Places (starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy) has similarities to Twain's tale due to the two characters' switching lives (although not by choice).

BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis won the awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively, at the 37th British Academy Film Awards.

BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis won the awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively, at the 37th British Academy Film Awards.

Jim Belushi

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The cast also includes Robert Curtis-Brown as Todd, Winthorpe's romantic rival for Penelope; James Belushi as Harvey, a party-goer on New Year's Eve; Jamie Lee Curtis' sister Kelly Curtis cameos as Penelope's friend Muffy; Frank Oz as a police officer; James Eckhouse as a police officer; Giancarlo Esposito as a cellmate; Muppet performer Richard Hunt as Wilson; and Bo Diddley as a pawnbroker.
Belushi has appeared in films such as Thief (1981), Trading Places (1983), About Last Night (1986), Salvador (1986), The Principal (1987), Red Heat (1988), K-9 (1989), Mr. Destiny (1990), Curly Sue (1991), Jingle All the Way (1996), Gang Related (1997) alongside Tupac Shakur, Underdog (2007) and The Ghost Writer (2010).

Herschel Weingrod

The film was written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod and was produced by Aaron Russo.
He has written and co-written a number of Hollywood blockbusters including Trading Places, Twins, Kindergarten Cop and Space Jam with fellow writer Timothy Harris.

Paramount Pictures

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It was released to theaters in North America on June 8, 1983, where it was distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Other examples are the Star Trek film series and a string of films starring comedian Eddie Murphy like Trading Places, Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop and its sequels.

37th British Academy Film Awards

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Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis won the awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively, at the 37th British Academy Film Awards.

Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

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The film was nominated for several additional awards including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 41st Golden Globe Awards.

Paul Gleason

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Paul Xavier Gleason (May 4, 1939 – May 27, 2006) was an American film and television actor, known for his roles on television series such as All My Children and films such as The Breakfast Club, Trading Places, and Die Hard.

Giancarlo Esposito

The cast also includes Robert Curtis-Brown as Todd, Winthorpe's romantic rival for Penelope; James Belushi as Harvey, a party-goer on New Year's Eve; Jamie Lee Curtis' sister Kelly Curtis cameos as Penelope's friend Muffy; Frank Oz as a police officer; James Eckhouse as a police officer; Giancarlo Esposito as a cellmate; Muppet performer Richard Hunt as Wilson; and Bo Diddley as a pawnbroker.
During the 1980s, Esposito appeared in films such as Taps, Maximum Overdrive, King of New York, and Trading Places. He also performed in TV shows such as Miami Vice and Spenser: For Hire.

Al Franken

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Tom Davis and Al Franken, also Saturday Night Live cast members, cameo as train baggage handlers.
They also had minor roles in All You Need Is Cash and the film Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

Tom Davis (comedian)

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Tom Davis and Al Franken, also Saturday Night Live cast members, cameo as train baggage handlers.
The duo wrote the screenplay for, and appeared in, the film One More Saturday Night, and had brief appearances in Trading Places and The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash.

James Eckhouse

The cast also includes Robert Curtis-Brown as Todd, Winthorpe's romantic rival for Penelope; James Belushi as Harvey, a party-goer on New Year's Eve; Jamie Lee Curtis' sister Kelly Curtis cameos as Penelope's friend Muffy; Frank Oz as a police officer; James Eckhouse as a police officer; Giancarlo Esposito as a cellmate; Muppet performer Richard Hunt as Wilson; and Bo Diddley as a pawnbroker.
Before his part on Beverly Hills, 90210, Eckhouse had small roles in such films as Trading Places, Fatal Attraction, Big and Cocktail.

Saturday Night Live

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Tom Davis and Al Franken, also Saturday Night Live cast members, cameo as train baggage handlers.
Murphy's star exploded, and he quickly appeared in films such as 48 Hrs. and Trading Places, before leaving for his film career in early 1984.

1983 in film

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It went on to earn $90.4 million during its U.S. theatrical run, making it the 4th highest-grossing film of 1983, behind Flashdance ($92.9 million), Terms of Endearment ($108.4 million) and Return of the Jedi ($252.5 million), and the second highest grossing R-rated film of 1983, behind Flashdance.

Bo Diddley

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The cast also includes Robert Curtis-Brown as Todd, Winthorpe's romantic rival for Penelope; James Belushi as Harvey, a party-goer on New Year's Eve; Jamie Lee Curtis' sister Kelly Curtis cameos as Penelope's friend Muffy; Frank Oz as a police officer; James Eckhouse as a police officer; Giancarlo Esposito as a cellmate; Muppet performer Richard Hunt as Wilson; and Bo Diddley as a pawnbroker.
In 1983, he starred as a Philadelphia pawn shop owner in the comedy film Trading Places.