Join Eddie Murphy on an unforgettable comic quest to the New World. As an African prince, it’s time for him to find a princess… and the mission leads him and his most loyal friend (Arsenio Hall) to Queens, New York. In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince relishes the chance to test his mettle in the urban wilderness. Keep an eye out for both Murphy and Hall in some unforgettable cameo roles! —Paramount Home Ent.
With as much monkeying-around as his movies frequently display, it should come as no surprise to John Landis fans that one of his earliest inspirations as a filmmaker was the original 1933 version of King Kong. The man behind such carefree comedies as Animal House, Landis has also helped to blur the lines between comedy and horror with such efforts as An American Werewolf in London and Innocent Blood, in addition to crafting such fine-tined social satire as Trading Places.
Born in Chicago in August of 1950, Landis originally worked in the mailroom at Fox and later as a stuntman before making a name for himself as a director. Landis was in his early twenties when he decided it was time to make a feature, and after a brief flirtation with the idea of crafting an underground porn film, the aspiring director raised the funding needed for his directorial debut from family and friends. The result of his tireless efforts was the relentlessly juvenile but infectiously silly Schlock… read more
I know I am going to get crap for liking this movie but I don't care. It is so funny and one of Eddie Murphy's best roles!
The fact that one is constantly reminded of both Murphy and Hall in disguise is an element that suggests genius directorial strategy. Landis engages sympathetic audience engagement (with the normally distanced royal protagonist) by allowing us to experience Akeem's unique vision: the common New Yorker is in fact the same as he Semmi. Akeem/Landis' humanist vision sees through multiple differences for inspired unity.
This movie screams 1980s...and this is not meant as a putdown. This is a brilliant comedy, Murphy's best movie. The barbershop scenes never fail to having cracking up. Among my favorites of the decade.