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Release: 1988-06-29
Coming to America
Renting A Motel Scene
Clip Description
Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy), the prince and heir to the throne of a fictitious, wealthy African country is discontented with being pampered all his life. The final straw comes when his parents, King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) and Queen Aeoleon (Madge Sinclair), present him with a bride-to-be,whom he has never met and who is trained to obey his every command. Seeing she is too subservient and offers nothing for his intellect, Akeem concocts a plan to travel to the United States to find an independent-minded wife he can both love and respect and who accepts him for himself, not his status. He and his friend and personal aide, Semmi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens, New York because according to Akeem, "What better place to find a queen than the city of Queens?" They rent a run-down apartment in the neighborhood of Long Island City and begin working at a local fast food restaurant passing themselves off as poor foreign students.
Movie Description
Heir to the throne of Zamunda, the prince leaves the tropical paradise of Zamunda and goes in search of his queen. What better place than the city of Queens, New York to find a bride. Joined with his loyal servant and friend Akeem and Semmi attempt to blend in as ordinary Americans and begin the dating.
John Landis
Paramount Pictures