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Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the 1983 comedy film. Not to white label forex wiki trading confused with Trading Spaces. Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.

The film was written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod and was produced by Aaron Russo. It was released to theaters in North America on June 8, 1983, where it was distributed by Paramount Pictures. Duke brothers Randolph and Mortimer own a successful commodities brokerage in Philadelphia. Winthorpe is publicly framed as a thief, drug dealer and philanderer by Clarence Beeks at the request of the Dukes. Duke, his bank accounts are frozen, he is denied entry to his Duke-owned home, and he quickly finds himself vilified by Penelope and his former friends.

He befriends Ophelia, a prostitute who agrees to help him in exchange for a financial reward once he is exonerated. During the firm’s Christmas party, Winthorpe is caught planting drugs in Valentine’s desk in an attempt to frame him, and he brandishes a gun to escape. Later, the Dukes discuss their experiment and settle their wager for one dollar, before plotting to return Valentine to the streets. Valentine overhears the conversation, and seeks out Winthorpe, who attempts suicide by overdosing on pills. On New Year’s Eve, the four board Beeks’ Philadelphia-bound train, intending to switch the original report with a forgery that predicts low orange crop yields. Beeks uncovers their scheme and attempts to kill them, but he is knocked unconscious by a gorilla being transported on the train. The four disguise Beeks with a gorilla costume and cage him with the real gorilla.

Meanwhile, Valentine and Winthorpe sell futures heavily at the inflated price. Kristin Holby as Penelope Witherspoon, Louis Winthorpe’s fiancée. The storyline of Trading Places—a member of society trading places with another whose socio-economic status stands in direct contrast to his own—often draws comparisons to Mark Twain’s novel The Prince and the Pauper. American philosopher and professor at Harvard University Stanley Cavell wrote about Trading Places in his 2005 book Cavell on Film. Cavell postulates that film is sometimes used as a new technology in the production and experience of an opera.

David Budd, in his 2002 book Culture Meets Culture in the Movies, writes about the experiences of characters when the expected roles of races in society are sometimes reversed. Trading Places was released theatrically in the United States on June 10, 1983. The film remained in the top ten grossing films for 17 weeks. Trading Places was met with positive reviews from critics. 42 reviews, with an average rating of 7. The site’s consensus states: “Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire. Author and critic Richard Schickel of Time magazine called Trading Places “one of the most emotionally satisfying and morally gratifying comedies of recent times”.