Released Year: 1988
Runtime: 116 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directors: John Landis
Writers: Eddie Murphy, David Sheffield
Casts: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley, Paul Bates, Eriq La Salle, Frankie Faison, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Louie Anderson, Allison Dean, Sheila Johnson, Jake Steinfeld, Calvin Lockhart
IMDB: Coming to America (1988) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5.8
Film Threat -
Eddie Murphy does everything in this movie successfully. Coming To America remains his most personal work and a great argument that a movie can be decent and wholesome despite having enough profanity to make Bill Cosby lose sleep. A perfect argument for Eddie Murphy as decent guy even without the fame and fortune. Not that he's planning on giving it back though.
TV Guide -
Although the fairy-tale script is as old as the motion picture industry itself, the resourceful cast of Coming to America brings freshness to the annoyingly cliched material. Unfortunately, Landis' inelegant direction nearly derails the film.
Washington Post -
The main pleasure in America comes in the romancing of prince and pauper. But the comedy is a mere handmaiden.
Landis' latest keeps you laughing not with it's originality (of which there is little) but with it's confidence to out-joke it's predecessors on this much-trodden ground.
Coming to America (1988)
It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life.