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Trading Places
Director: John Landis (Dir)
Release Date:   8 Jun 1983
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 Jun 1983
Production Date:   ended 1 Mar 1983
Duration (in mins):   106
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Cast:   Dan Aykroyd (Louis Winthorpe III)  
    Eddie Murphy (Billy Ray Valentine)  
  Starring Ralph Bellamy (Randolph Duke)  
  Starring Don Ameche (Mortimer Duke)  
  Starring Denholm Elliott (Coleman)  
  Starring Kristin Holby (Penelope Witherspoon)  
  Starring Paul Gleason (Clarence Beeks)  
  and Jamie Lee Curtis (Ophelia)  
  with Alfred Drake (President of exchange)  
  with Bo Diddley (Pawnbroker)  
  with Frank Oz (Corrupt cop)  
  with James Belushi (Harvey)  
  with Al Franken (Baggage handler #1)  
  with Tom Davis (Baggage handler #2)  
  Duke & Duke employees: Maurice Woods    
    Richard D. Fisher Jr.    
    Jim Gallagher    
    Anthony DiSabatino    
    Bonnie Behrend    
    Sunnie Merrill    
    Jim Newell    
    Mary St. John    
    Bonnie Tremena    
  [and] David Schwartz    
  Duke domestics: Tom Degidon    
    William Magerman    
    Alan Dellay    
    Florence Anglin    
    Ray D'Amore    
    Bobra Suiter    
    Herb Peterson    
    Sue Dugan    
    Walt Gorney    
  [and] B. Constance Barry    
    P. Jay Sidney (Heritage Club doorman)  
    Avon Long (Ezra)  
    Tom Mardirosian (Officer Pantuzzi)  
    Charles Brown (Officer Reynolds)  
    Robert Curtis-Brown (Todd)  
    Nicholas Guest (Harry)  
    John Bedford-Lloyd (Andrew)  
    Tony Sherer (Philip)  
    Robert Earl Jones (Attendant)  
    Robert E. Lee (Cop #1)  
    Peter Hock (Cop #2)  
    Clint Smith (Doo Rag Lenny)  
    Ron Taylor (Big black guy)  
    James D. Turner (Even bigger black guy)  
    Giancarlo Esposito (Cellmate #2)  
    Steve Hofvendahl (Cellmate #3)  
    James Eckhouse (Guard)  
    Gwyllum Evans (President of Heritage Club)  
    Eddie Jones (Cop #3)  
    John McCurry (Cop #4)  
    Michele Mais (Hooker #1)  
    Barra Kahn (Hooker #2)  
    Bill Cobbs (Bartender)  
    Joshua Daniel (Party goer)  
    Jacques Sandulescu (Creepy man)  
    W. B. Brydon (Bank manager)  
    Margaret H. Flynn (Duke & Duke receptionist)  
    Kelly Curtis (Muffy)  
    Tracy K. Shaffer (Constance)  
    Susan Fallender (Bunny)  
    Lucianne Buchanan (President's mistress)  
    Paul Garcia (Jr. executive #1)  
    Jed Gillin (Jr. executive #2)  
    Jimmy Raitt (Ophelia's client)  
    Kate Taylor (Duke's secretary)  
    Philip Bosco (Doctor)  
    Bill Boggs (Newscaster)  
    Deborah Reagan (Harvey's girlfriend)  
    Don McLeod (Gorilla)  
    Stephen Stucker (Station master)  
    Richard Hunt (Wilson)  
    Paul Austin (Trader #1)  
    John Randolph Jones (Trader #2)  
    Jack Davidson (Trader #3)  
    Bernie McInerney (Trader #4)  
    Maurice D. Copeland (Secretary of Agriculture)  
    Ralph Clanton (Official #1)  
    Bryan Clark (Official #2)  
    Gary Klar (Longshoreman)  
    Afemo Omilami (Longshoreman)  
    Shelly Chee Chee Hall (Monica)  
    Donna Palmer (Gladys)  
    Barry Dennen (Demitri)  

Summary: Louis Winthorpe III, a young stockbroker, is awakened to breakfast in bed by his butler, Coleman, in his opulent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania townhouse. As Coleman shaves his face, Winthorpe predicts that pork bellies will have an exciting morning in the market. Meanwhile, brothers Randolph and Mortimer Duke are greeted by servants and leave their estate in a chauffeured Rolls Royce. Reading Science Journal , Randolph complains about the debate pitting heredity vs. environment in the study of human behavior, but Mortimer tells his older brother that he is tired of his theories. Uncertain about Winthorpe’s pork belly estimates, Mortimer decides to sell their shares early, but Randolph tells him to wait. They watch the numbers rise on the limousine’s television monitors, and their company, Duke & Duke, profits $347,000. When the Duke brothers arrive at the Heritage Club, they are approached by Billy Ray Valentine, a blind, Vietnam veteran amputee, who wheels himself towards them on a board. Begging for change, Mortimer rejects Valentine’s pleas and hits him with his Wall Street Journal . Winthorpe meets Randolph and Mortimer at the club with the Duke & Duke payroll and Mortimer complains about the amounts, but Winthorpe reminds him that they cannot get around minimum wage. Winthorpe inquires about a $50,000 check for Clarence Beeks, a man who is not employed at the firm, but the brothers reticently inform Winthorpe that Beeks is conducting top-secret research. Changing the subject, Mortimer asks about Winthorpe's fiancée, Penelope, who is the Duke brothers' grandniece. When Winthorpe leaves, Mortimer comments that he is a good man, but Randolph argues that Winthorpe is merely a product of his privileged upbringing. Outside, Valentine is approached by two police officers that lift him from the board and expose his legs. Valentine thanks them, and Jesus, for the miracle and walks away, but crosses paths with Winthorpe in front of the club and knocks him over. Picking up Winthorpe’s briefcase in the attempt to assist him, Valentine is accused of being a thief and runs into the club to escape the police. After Valentine is handcuffed, Randolph asks him about his background, and as he is led away, Randolph concludes that Valentine is not a bad man but the victim of a poor environment. Eager to prove his theory, Randolph bets Mortimer that Valentine would be as successful as Winthorpe if they traded places in society, and that Winthorpe would resort to a life of crime if put in Valentine’s position. Claiming that the experiment is a good cause, the brothers agree to manipulate the lives of Valentine and Winthorpe and reverse their roles, wagering “the usual amount”: one dollar. Later, at dinner with Penelope, Winthorpe casts himself a hero as he recounts the encounter with Valentine at the club, and she propositions him. Coleman receives a call from the Duke brothers, informing him of their “scientific experiment” and he agrees to follow orders because they are the owners of the house and he works for them. As Winthorpe and Penelope undress, Penelope inquires about the date of their engagement party, on January 2, but Winthorpe tells her it’s the busiest day of the year for commodity trading because the crop reports are released. The next day, Valentine narrowly escapes a fight in his prison cell when the Duke brothers bail him out. Outside, Randolph and Mortimer lure Valentine into their limousine by telling him they posted his bail. Claiming to belong to a charity organization, the Duke brothers offer Valentine a house, a bank account and a job with an $80,000 salary. After receiving confirmation from the chauffeur that the brothers are not homosexuals, Valentine agrees and the Duke brothers take him to Winthorpe’s home, introduce him to Coleman and explain that everything he sees belongs to him. Despite his discomfort in the new role, Valentine accepts a bath and dresses in Winthorpe’s suit. Later, at the instruction of the Duke brothers, Beeks plants marked $50 bills in Winthorpe’s coat pocket and exposes him as a thief at a Heritage Club meeting. Despite his protests, Winthorpe is arrested, and after Beeks talks to an officer, the police find PCP in his jacket. Meanwhile, Valentine goes to a bar to settle his debts, buys champagne and invites everyone back to the townhouse. Disturbed by his guests’ lack of respect, Valentine kicks them out and tells Coleman that they were freeloaders. The next day, Winthorpe is bailed out of jail by Penelope, who is mortified by his appearance. On their way out of the police station, Penelope tells Winthorpe that he has been fired from Duke & Duke and that they are pressing charges of embezzlement when Ophelia, a prostitute who has been paid off by Beeks, kisses Winthorpe and begs him for drugs. When Penelope deserts him in anger, Ophelia tells Winthorpe that she was paid $100 for the joke and they take a cab to his house, where he promises to give her $50 in exchange for the fare. Upon arriving, however, Winthorpe’s key does not fit the lock and Coleman feigns ignorance of his identity. At the bank, Winthrope discovers that his accounts were frozen by the IRS and his credit cards are repossessed. Desperate, Winthorpe begs Ophelia to help him, and after examining his unworn, manicured hands, she decides to trust his story. In the taxi, Winthorpe and Ophelia cross paths with Valentine, who is in Winthorpe’s limousine on his way to work. The two men recognize each other and Valentine becomes increasingly suspicious about his new circumstances. At Duke & Duke, Rudolph and Mortimer explain the commodities business to Valentine, and Valentine likens them to bookies. As Ophelia and Winthorpe return to her apartment, Winthorpe accuses Valentine of masterminding his downfall, but Ophelia cuts him off and says she expects financial reciprocation for her assistance. He is shocked to learn that she is a prostitute and that she has saved $42,000 for an early retirement. Meanwhile, Valentine surprises the Duke brothers with his accurate intuition that pork belly prices will decrease. As they leave the office, Mortimer tests Valentine by dropping his money clip, but Valentine quickly returns it. Dressed in mismatched clothes borrowed from Ophelia, Winthorpe goes to the club and asks his friends to testify on his behalf and to loan him money, but they refuse and Penelope asks him to leave. At a pawnshop, Winthorpe gets $50 for his expensive watch and buys a gun. Later, in a rainstorm, Winthorpe gets a fever after spotting Valentine at a fancy restaurant with the Duke brothers, and Ophelia cancels her work to care for her “investment.” After seeing Valentine’s new appointment announced in The Financial Journal , Winthorpe disguises himself as Santa Claus and infiltrates the Duke & Duke Christmas party. Meanwhile, Valentine notices a $10,000 payroll check for Beeks. When he confronts the Duke brothers, Randolph remarks to Mortimer that Valentine is working late on Christmas Eve and expects to win the Nobel Prize for his success in the wager, but Mortimer reminds Randolph that they have not seen evidence that the “second party” has turned to crime. Returning to his office, Valentine catches Winthorpe planting drugs in his desk drawer. Winthorpe attempts to convince the Duke brothers that Valentine is a drug dealer and has stolen his livelihood, but when Valentine calls security, Winthorpe threatens him with his handgun and runs from the party, terrifying the guests in the process. Valentine expresses no empathy for Winthorpe’s predicament, then lights one of Winthorpe’s joints in the bathroom. Concealed in a stall, Valentine overhears the Dukes settle their wager and discuss how to return him to the ghetto. They decide to wait until after they receive the crop report on New Year’s Eve, and mention that Beeks’s clandestine services will bring them great success. Valentine follows Winthorpe as he drunkenly stumbles through traffic. After a dog urinates on his shoe and it starts to rain, Winthorpe attempts suicide, but his gun does not fire until he casts it aside. Back at Ophelia’s apartment, Valentine and Ophelia find Winthorpe in the bathtub, overdosed on pills, and Valentine brings him back to the townhouse for medical assistance. When Winthorpe wakes up in his old bed with Coleman at his side, he assumes the experience was a nightmare, but when he sees Valentine, he attempts to strangle him. Valentine explains that the Dukes used them as guinea pigs in their experiment and Coleman concurs. Learning that his life was ruined for a $1 bet, Winthorpe loads rifles in preparation for a violent revenge, but Valentine suggests that they retaliate against the Dukes by usurping their fortunes. On a television news report, they see Beeks delivering the orange yield estimates for the annual crop report and Ophelia identifies him as the man who paid her off to seduce Winthorpe. Realizing that the Dukes bribed Beeks to leak the report, Valentine, Winthorpe, Ophelia, and Coleman conspire to upset their plan. From his office, Valentine eavesdrops on a phone call between the Dukes and Beeks and learns that Beeks will be traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York by train the following day and meeting the brothers in the orange section of the Hilton Hotel’s parking structure. On Beek’s train, passengers are dressed in costume for a New Year’s Eve party, and he watches as baggage handlers bring a caged gorilla onboard. Valentine, Ophelia and Coleman enter Beeks’ cabin in disguise and swap his briefcase for a decoy. After Valentine delivers the case to Winthorpe in the men’s room, Winthorpe enters the cabin in blackface, dressed as a Rastafarian, but Beeks observes him replace the briefcase and takes Ophelia hostage. As Beeks directs the group through the costume party, a man in a King Kong costume flirts with Ophelia and follows them into the baggage car. Standing in front of the gorilla cage, Beeks threatens the group, but when he hits the man dressed as King Kong, the animal defends his fellow gorilla and knocks Beeks unconscious. Coleman holds Beeks at gunpoint while Ophelia, Valentine and Winthorpe bind and gag him. They leave Beeks in the gorilla’s cage, dressed as King Kong, for the gorilla’s pleasure. At the Hilton parking garage, Valentine impersonates Beeks and exchanges a falsified report for a briefcase filled with cash. Seeing Winthorpe and Valentine off at the train station on their way to the New York Stock Exchange, Coleman and Ophelia give them their life savings and Ophelia and Winthorpe kiss good-bye. Arriving at the World Trade Center, Winthorpe briefs Valentine on trading techniques as they resolutely hit the floor while the Dukes act on inaccurate data from the report and instruct their broker to aggressively purchase orange juice stock even as the price increases, despite his warning that the crop reports will not be broadcast for another hour. As trading begins, investors assume the Dukes are attempting to corner the market, and buy frantically. When the price hits $142 a share, Winthorpe and Valentine sell and the crowd bombards them. Watching the prices drop, the Dukes realize Winthorpe and Valentine have outwitted them. As Randolph and Mortimer desperately cross the floor to reverse their orders, the trading frenzy subsides for a televised presentation of the Department of Agriculture’s estimates of the coming year’s orange crop yield. Learning that the winter has not effected the harvest and crops are plentiful, the brokers clamor to sell. The price of shares hits rock bottom and Winthorpe and Valentine buy at a huge profit. When the market closes, Valentine explains to Randolph and Mortimer that he bet Winthrope $1 that they could get rich while financially ruining the Dukes, and Winthorpe forfeits his loss. As Randolph and Mortimer are unable to pay the $394 million from the day’s trading, their seats in the market are put up for sale and their assets are seized. Realizing they have lost everything, Mortimer belligerently protests while Randolph has a heart attack and collapses. Meanwhile, Beeks is shipped to Africa with his gorilla mate for a science experiment. Valentine, Winthorpe, Ophelia, and Coleman retire with their fortunes to a tropical island.  

Production Text: An Aaron Russo Production
A Landis/Folsey Film
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures (A Gulf + Western Company)
Director: John Landis (Dir)
  George Folsey, Jr. (2d unit dir)
  William C. Gerrity (Unit prod mgr)
  Christopher Cronyn (Asst prod mgr)
  David Sosna (1st asst dir)
  Joseph Ray (2d asst dir)
  Linda Montanti (2d asst dir)
Producer: Aaron Russo (Prod)
  George Folsey, Jr. (Exec prod)
  Sam Williams (Assoc prod)
  Irwin Russo (Assoc prod)
Writer: Timothy Harris (Wrt)
  Herschel Weingrod (Wrt)
Photography: Robert Paynter (Dir of photog)
  Warren Rothenberger (2d unit cam)
  Richard Kratina (Cam op)
  Donald Sweeney (Cam op)
  Jon Fauer (2d cam op)
  Hank Muller (1st asst cam)
  Gary Muller (2d asst cam)
  James Hovey (2d unit asst cam)
  John W. DeBlau (Gaffer)
  Jerry W. DeBlau (Best boy)
  Dennis Gamiello (Key grip)
  Vince Guarriello (Dolly grip)
  Steven Nallan (2d grip)
  William Nallan (Grip)
  Josh Weiner (Still photog)
Art Direction: Gene Rudolf (Prod des)
  Linda Conaway (Asst art dir)
Film Editor: Malcolm Campbell (Ed)
  Margaret Adachi (Asst ed)
  Jill Demby (Asst ed)
  Lorinda Hollingshead (Asst ed)
  Emily Paine (Asst ed)
  Peck Prior (Apprentice ed)
  Brian Ralph (Negative cutter)
Set Decoration: George DeTitta (Set dec)
  George DeTitta, Jr. (Set dec)
  David Weinman (Set dresser)
  Anthony Gamiello (Set dresser)
  Jimmy Raitt (Prop master)
  William Bishop (Props)
  Robert Wilson (Props)
  Gene Powell (Master scenic artist)
  Bruno Robotti (Scenic)
  Leslie Salter-Griffin (Scenic)
  William Chaiken (Scenic)
  Richard Allen (Shop craftsman)
  Henry Bauer (Shop craftsman)
  Bruce J. Paquette (Shop craftsman)
  Ronald Paquette Jr. (Shop craftsman)
  Peter Grippaldi (Const grip)
  Richard Guinness (Const grip)
  Richard Guinness, Jr. (Const grip)
  Michael Gerrity (Const grip)
Costumes: Deborah Nadoolman (Cost des)
  Gary Jones (Asst cost des)
  William Loger (Men's ward)
  Teresa Alba Schipani (Women's ward)
  Guy Tanno (Cost)
  Sue Gandy (Shopper)
Music: Elmer Bernstein (Mus)
  Peter Bernstein (Orch)
  Dan Wallin (Mus rec eng)
  Jeff Carson (Mus ed)
  Kathy Durning (Mus ed)
Sound: James J. Sabat (Sd mixer)
  Frank J. Graziadei (Sd rec)
  Louis Sabat (Boom man)
  Charles L. Campbell (Supv sd ed)
  Larry Carow (Sd ed)
  Sam Crutcher (Sd ed)
  Jerry Stanford (Sd ed)
  Bruce Richardson (Sd ed)
  Larry Mann (Sd ed)
  Todd-AO (Rerec)
  Buzz Knudson (Rerec mixer)
  Robert Glass (Rerec mixer)
  Don DiGirolamo (Rerec mixer)
  Neil Burrow (Foley ed)
  Chuck Neely (Asst sd ed)
  John Roesch (Foley by)
  Joan Rowe (Foley by)
  Larry Singer (ADR ed)
  Maggie Greenwald (ADR asst)
  Maureen Hudson (Asst auditor)
  Jim Barr (Asst auditor)
  Victoria Theodore (Asst auditor)
Special Effects: Modern Film Effects (Titles and opticals)
Make Up: Jack Engel (Make-up)
  Frank Bianco (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Bonnie Timmermann (Casting)
  Gary Zuckerbrod (Casting asst)
  Bernard Styles (Extras casting)
  Cynthia Neil (Asst extras casting)
  Renee Bodner (Scr supv)
  Eric Myers (Unit pub)
  Lucille Cannon (Prod auditor)
  Tom O'Brien (Teamster capt)
  Thomas Reilly (Teamster)
  Cornelius Forrest (Teamster)
  Edward Mulhern (Teamster)
  Patrick J. Feerick (Teamster)
  Adeline Leonard Seakwood (Prod office coord)
  Martha Burczyk (Asst office coord)
  Leslie Belzberg (Asst to George Folsey)
  Randee Smith (Asst to John Landis)
  Michael Sweney (Asst loc mgr)
  David Schwartz (Philadelphia locations)
  Mindy Ordan (DGA trainee)
  Regge Life (AFI intern)
  Mitchell Tadross (Schlepper)
  Christopher Gerrity (Schlepper)
  Scott MacQueen (Schlepper)
  Lucia Butts (Schlepper)
  Nathalie Plemiannikov (Schlepper)
  Charles Miller (Schlepper)
  Larry Kirsh (Schlepper)
  Randy Rosen (Schlepper)
  Talent Payments, Inc./Production Payments, Inc. TPI/PPI (Payroll services by)
  Camera Mart, New York (New York prod facilities)
  Anthony C. Castelbuono (Phantom V Rolls Royce limousine provided by)
Color Personnel: Dennis McNeill (Col timer)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Music: "Overture, Marriage of Figaro," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Elmer Bernstein; "Andante Cantabile," from K-465 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Murray Adler, Harris Goldman, David Schwartz and Armand Kaproff.
Songs: "Out of the Sheets - Into the Streets," written and performed by Dave Williams, courtesy of A.V.I. Records, Inc.; "Do You Wanna Funk," by Patrick Cowley & Sylvester, performed by Sylvester, courtesy of Megatone Records; "Oralee Cookies," by Nicholas Guest & Robert Curtis-Brown, performed by "The Hot Toddies"; "The Louis Winthorpe III Blues," performed by Mike Lang, Chuck Domanico, George Doering and Ron Lee; "Jingle Bell Rock," by Joe Beal & Jim Boothe, performed by Brenda Lee, courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.; "The Big Waltz," by Lyn Murray; "The Loco-Motion," by Gerry Goffin & Carole King, performed by Little Eva, courtesy of Roulette Records, Inc.; "Get a Job," written and performed by The Silhouettes, courtesy of Bulldog Records, Ltd.
Composer: The Silhouettes
  Joe Beal
  Jim Boothe
  Patrick Cowley
  Robert Curtis-Brown
  Gerry Goffin
  Nicholas Guest
  Carole King
  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Lyn Murray
  Sylvester
  Dave Williams
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures Corporation 8/8/1983 dd/mm/yyyy PA180572

PCA NO: 26982
Physical Properties: Sd:
  col: Technicolor®
  Lenses/Prints: Lenses and Panaflex® cameras by Panavision®; Prints by Metrocolor®

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Assimilation (Sociology)
  Philadelphia (PA)
  Set-ups
  Stock market
  Wagers
 
Subjects (Minor): Aristocrats
  Attempted suicide
  Bars
  Bribery
  Briefcases
  Brokers
  Butlers
  Christmas
  Class distinction
  Clubs
  Computers
  Confidence men
  Costume parties
  Disguise
  Drug dealers
  Drugs
  Embezzlement
  Engagements
  Experiments, Human
  Friendship
  Gorillas
  Islands
  Money
  Mistaken identity
  New Year's Eve
  New York City
  New York Stock Exchange
  Oranges
  Pawnshops
  Police corruption
  Poverty
  Prisons
  Prostitution
  Racism
  Retirement
  Romance
  Santa Claus
  Trains
  Wealth
  World Trade Center (New York City)

Note: The summary and note for this entry were completed with participation from the AFI Academic Network. Summary and note were written by participant Christopher Graham Rhodes, a student at Georgia Institute of Technology, with Melanie Kohnen as academic advisor.

According to an 11 Nov 1982 DV news item, the working title of Trading Places was Black and White , and Ralph Bellamy and Ray Milland were set to costar. As reported in HR production charts on 28 Dec 1982 and in studio production notes from AMPAS library files, production began on 13 Dec 1982 in Philadelphia, PA. At that time, Ray Milland was still listed in the cast. Due to Milland’s failing health, director John Landis sought Don Ameche to replace him in the role of “Mortimer Duke,” but, according to a 2 Sep 1985 article in People , Ameche had performed in only three bit parts over the previous ten years and was hard to locate, leading Landis to speculate that the actor was deceased. Financially independent, Ameche was not eager to resume a Hollywood career, but agreed to take the role when he was assured Milland’s pay rate.
       According to studio production notes, the shooting schedule included fifteen days in Philadelphia for exterior scenes and for the interior of the Duke & Duke Christmas party, which was located at the Fidelity Bank Building on Broad Street. Other locations in Philadelphia included Rittenhouse Square, Independence Hall, a street of restored townhouses in Center City for the exteriors of “Louis Winthorpe III’s” home and the Philadelphia Mint for the exteriors of the police station. New York City locations, which were shot in Jan and Feb 1983, according to studio production notes, included the Park Avenue Armory for the Heritage Club and the Duke & Duke office interiors and an Upper East Side residence, which was used for the interiors of Winthorpe’s home. The apartment of “Ophelia,” Barney’s Pawn Shop, and the interiors of the police station were all shot in New York City even though they had Philadelphia locations in the context of the film. The World Trade Center’s commodity exchange, Comex, was used for the trading scenes, and real traders performed alongside professional extras. As reported in studio production notes, the shoot at Comex was initially planned for a weekday, but the appearance of Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy on the set distracted business activities and $6 billion of trading was halted. The shoot was rescheduled for a weekend. The final day of production was 1 Mar 1983 on a beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
       According to a 29 Jan 1985 DV news item, a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures, producer Aaron Russo and screenwriters Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod claiming that the script for Trading Places was plagiarized was dismissed. News items in HR on 15 Nov 1985 and Var on 20 Nov 1985 reported that Harris and Weingrod sued Russo for a promised one-half of 1% of the producer’s profits, an estimated $150,000.
       Critical reception for the film was generally positive, and it was a success at the box office. Trading Places was nominated for two Golden Globe awards in the categories Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Russo and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Murphy. It was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Music (Original Song Score or Adaptation Score) for an adapted score by Elmer Bernstein.
 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   11 Nov 1982.   
Daily Variety   29 Jan 1985.   
Hollywood Reporter   28 Dec 1982.   
Hollywood Reporter   23 May 1983.   
Hollywood Reporter   1 Jun 1983   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   15 Nov 1985.   
Los Angeles Times   8 Jun 1983   p. 1.
New York Times   8 Jun 1983   p. 16.
Variety   1 Jun 1983   p. 16.
Variety   20 Nov 1985.   

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