Coming to America

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An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 6.8/10 (54,230 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

John Landis

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones

It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life.

Writers: Eddie Murphy, David Sheffield


Eddie Murphy

Prince Akeem
Randy Watson

Arsenio Hall

Extremely Ugly Girl
Reverend Brown

James Earl Jones

King Jaffe Joffer

John Amos

Cleo McDowell

Madge Sinclair

Queen Aoleon

Shari Headley

Lisa McDowell

Paul Bates


Eriq La Salle

Darryl Jenks

Frankie Faison


Vanessa Bell Calloway

Imani Izzi

(as Vanessa Bell)

Louie Anderson


Allison Dean

Patrice McDowell

Sheila Johnson


Jake Steinfeld

Cab Driver

Calvin Lockhart

Colonel Izzi

This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America.

Release Date: 29 June 1988

Filming Locations: Big Sky Ranch – 4927 Bennett Road, Simi Valley, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $39,000,000


Gross: $288,800,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


All characters in the barber shop (including the Caucasians) are played by Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Clint Smith, and Cuba Gooding Jr.


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
When the landlord describes the apartment to Akeem, he says it only has one window facing a brick wall. When Akeem and Semi are on the fire escape there are clearly two windows, both of which face the street and a lot more than that is shown in the shots just before.


Prince Akeem:
But when I marry, I want the woman to love me for who I am, not because of what I am.

King Jaffe Joffer:
And who are you?

Prince Akeem:
I am a man who has never tied his own shoes before!

King Jaffe Joffer:
Wrong. You are a PRINCE who has never tied his shoes. Believe me. I tied my own shoes once. It is an overrated experience.

User Review

Wonderful movie!

Rating: 8/10

The first part of this movie, showing Eddie Murphy's life as an African
prince, is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I loved it. The
wedding ceremony alone was so funny, I almost fell out of my chair from
laughing so hard. I thought this could be one of the funniest movies of all

At about the halfway point, though, it stops being a laugh-a-minute riot,
and kind of settles down into more of a quiet romance movie. The scene at
the basketball game (with the man who worships Murphy) is the last really
hilarious thing that happens. After that, it never again reaches the energy
of the beginning.

This is not really a bad thing, though: it is still enjoyable from start to
finish, even during the quiet parts. It has good actors, and it is fun to
watch, and that makes it a great movie. I highly recommend it; it is one of
my favorite comedies. I give it 8 out of 10 stars. See it if you