RMG 206: Trading Places (1983)

December 25, 2019



In this episode, the Retro Movie Geek crew is geeking out over Trading Places (1983) and

  • the cast list
  • big hits
  • comedic timing
  • unrealistic timeframe
  • and much, much more!


Eddie Murphy establishes himself as a comedy star of the highest magnitude as Billy Ray Valentine, a hustler from the ghetto. His fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumnus, Dan Aykroyd stars as Louis Winthorpe III, a wealthy investment executive at Duke Brothers, a Wall Street firm.

The film starts when the rich and greedy Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet on whether a born loser (like Valentine) could become as successful as Winthorpe if put in the proper environment, and if a prig like Winthorpe were to lose all, would he turn to a life of crime. The Dukes arrange for that to happen. Valentine becomes the golden boy of the commodities market and Winthorpe finds himself out on the(m) streets.

The two pawns meet, compare notes, figure out who’s doing this to them… and then Valentine and Winthorpe set in motion some hilarious revenge plans of their own…



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