Trading Places (1983)

Although originally meant to star Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, it is nearly impossible to imagine Trading Places with anybody else but the dynamic comedic duo that is Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by '80s comedy mainstay John Landis, this pitch-perfect holiday satire follows a couple of wealthy old CEOs (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) who decide Christmastime is the perfect time to conduct a social experiment: They will swap the lives of a homeless black man named Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) with one of their most-privileged white employees, appropriately named Winthorpe (Aykroyd), and basically, see what happens. Who knew a single dollar could go so far?

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  1. rick • January 12, 2017 @ 5:55 PM

    I can relate to the BB gun and shooting your eye out. I received an air rifle
    for a Christmas present back in the early 60’s. One day i was
    in the basement shooting at the concrete walls and cans I had set up as targets.
    When I spotted a spider walking on the concrete floor I waited till it was crawling
    between my legs and without thinking pointed the rifle straight down and fired.
    Imagine my shock when instantly I felt a sharp pain between my eyes and centered
    on my nose when the BB richoted straight back. I just stood there realizing
    that if the BB had bounced an inch or 2 left or right I would have spent the
    rest of my life as a 1 eyed person entirely due to childish stupidity .

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