Welcome to episode #29- #74 Trading Places (1983) directed by John Landis
The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Randolph and Mortimer Duke brothers (played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray hears this and learns that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe's now former butler (Denholm Elliott) as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook
Keefe, Chris and Paxton kick back in the 80's to check out fast cars, easy money and Eddie Murphy? Ah, only to be an experiment of some wall street rich dudes....
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