Coming to America

Paramount Pictures Released 1988



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John Landis

In Zamunda, Joffer is fed up with being treated like royalty by his parents King Jaffe and Queen Aeolon so he sets his sites for Queens, New York. Akeem, along with his servant Semmi, settle in Queens under assumed identities of students to help Akeem find his future queen. Akeem and Semmi get jobs at the local McDowell's restaurant and Akeem soon finds himself seeking the hand of Cleo McDowell's daughter, Lisa. Akeem then proceeds to attempt to woo Lisa and make her his bride. The king and queen of Zamunda are soon alerted to Akeem's plan, however, and they take it upon themselves to travel to America and see that it is stopped. Lisa finds out that Akeem is not who he says he is and becomes angry. She leaves Akeem forcing him to return to Africa and marry his arranged bride.


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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Though Coming to America is a romantic comedy the director steers the film more often toward quick, in-and-out comic situations and gags that are only mildly funny. In part this is...

  • 10


    Coming to America starts on a bathroom joke, quickly followed by a gag about private parts, then wanders in search of something equally original for Eddie Murphy to do for another ...

  • 10

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    James Earl Jones proves that he is probably the only actor in America who can wear the skin of a full-grown lion-jewels in its eyes, its tail in its mouth-over street clothes and n...

    Eddie Murphy

    Eddie Murphy

    Prince Akeem / Clarence / Randy Watson / Saul

    Arsenio Hall

    Arsenio Hall

    Semmi / Extremely Ugly Girl / Morris / Reverend Brown

    James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    King Jaffe Joffer

    John Amos

    John Amos

    Cleo McDowell

    Madge Sinclair

    Madge Sinclair

    Queen Aoleon

    Shari Headley

    Shari Headley

    Lisa McDowell

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      • Production Budget - $39,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $128,152,301 (3rd)
        Worldwide Gross - $288,752,301 (3rd)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $254,433,765
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $573,289,240

      • Filming Locations include:
        Simi Valley, California
        Brooklyn, New York
        Elmhurst, Queens
        Manhattan, New York
        Los Angeles, California
        New York City

      • Taglines:
        1. This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America
        2. The Four Funniest Men in America are Eddie Murphy

      • Music:
        Coming to America
        Written by Nile Rodgers and Nancy Huang
        Performed by The System
        Addicted to You
        Written by Gerald Levert, Eddie Levert and Marc Gordon
        Performed by Levert
        All Dressed Up (Ready to Hit the Town)
        Written by Jonathan Phillip Moffett
        Performed by Chico DeBarge
        Better Late Than Never
        Written by Freddie Washington and Allan Scott
        Performed by The Cover Girls
        Come Into My Life
        Written by Paul Chitten and Pamela Phillips-Oland
        Performed by Laura Branigan
        Comin' Correct
        Written by Dr. Dre
        Performed by J.J. Fad
        The Greatest Love of All
        Written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
        Performed by Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate
        I Like it Like That
        Written by Michael Rodgers and Lloyd Tolbert
        Performed byMichael Rodgers
        I Got It
        Written by Nile Rodgers and Nancy Huang
        Performed b yEddie Murphy
        Livin' the Good Life
        Written by Nile Rodgers and Gardner Cole
        Performed bySister Sledge
        OOO Baby Baby
        Written by William Robinson and Warren Moore
        Performed by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
        Mbube (Wimoweh)
        Written by Soloman Linda
        Performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
        Pride and Joy
        Written by Norman Whitfield, Marvin Gaye and William Stevenson
        Performed by Marvin Gaye
        That's the Way It Is
        Written by Stock, Aitken and Waterman
        Performed by Mel & Kim
        To Be Loved
        Written by Tyran Carlo, Berry Gordy jr and Gwendolyn Gordy
        Performed by Jackie Wilson
        Written by Allee Willis and Danny Sembello
        Performed by Nona Hendryx
        You're A Wonderful One
        Written by Edward Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
        Performed by Marvin Gaye

      • Academy Awards Nominations:
        1. Costume Design
        2. Makeup

      • Other Production Companies:
        Eddie Murphy Productions

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    Comedy, Drama