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What happens when you combine the comic genius of Eddie Murphy with Dan Akroyd and director John Landis? You get a timeless comedy classic laced with sidesplitting, satiric humor. Murphy stars as a small-time con artist who gets a chance to switch lives with Akroyd's big-time stock market maven. But their reversal of fortunes is just a cruel joke perpetrated by two bored mega-rich brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) as part of an idle bet. When the truth comes out...the consequences are sheer comedy gold!


  • Denholm Elliott
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Maurice Woods
  • Richard D. Fisher Jr.
  • Jim Gallagher
  • Anthony DiSabatino
  • Bonnie Behrend
  • Sunnie Merrill
  • James Newell
  • Mary St. John

Did You Know?


  • (Cameo) Kelly Curtis: The country club member "Muffy" is played by the sister of Jamie Lee Curtis, and the exteriors of that scene were filmed at The Curtis Institute of Music.
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  • When the President of the Heritage Club announces that there is a thief among them there is a Baltimore City Flag standing right behind him.
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    • [offering Billy Ray a sip from his flask; Coleman dressed as a priest, Billy Ray in African garb]
    • Coleman: Would you like a sip of whiskey?
    • Billy Ray Valentine: I do not drink, it is against my religion!
    • Coleman: Religion is a good thing I say, taken in moderation.
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5.0 out of 5
Verified Review

Eddie Murphy and Danny Aykroyd in their prime, then throw in Jamie Lee Curtis, what more could you ask.

Jim L



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

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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]

Metacritic review by Jay Carr
Jay Carr
Boston Globe