Coming to America

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Movie Info & Cast


An African prince decides that Queens, New York is the appropriate place to search for a woman to share his throne.


  • Paul Bates
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Garcelle Beauvais
  • Feather
  • Stephanie Simon
  • Victoria Dillard
  • Felicia Taylor
  • Midori
  • James Earl Jones
  • Madge Sinclair

Did You Know?


  • DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Landis): (See You Next Wednesday): (At around one hour and forty-five minutes) on a movie poster in the subway station (the movie claims to star Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared in Trading Places (1983)).
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  • (at around 33 mins) When Akeem goes to get his ponytail cut, the stand-in for the old Jewish man is visible in the mirror.
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    • Prince Akeem: Is it just me, or does every woman in Queens have a severe emotional problem?
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Coming to America is the filmic equivalent of using a Maserati to go to the corner grocery store — Murphy's colossal comic gifts and Landis' countercultural sensibilities are largely wasted, never pushed to the floor in this idling, curbed comedy.

Metacritic review by Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter

It's a sweet, oft-told story, and Murphy and Hall add a number of very sharp supporting roles-hidden by makeup-to add spice to the general level of gentleness. [1 Jul 1988, p.A]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Eddie Murphy's latest picture, Coming to America, is a harmless, fairly amusing comedy that will delight Eddie Murphy fans and keep everyone else mildly entertained. [30 Jun 1988, p.E1]

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle