Coming to America


1h 57m 1988

Brief Synopsis

Where is an African prince supposed to go to find the woman who will one day be his queen? Obviously that would be Queens, New York and that's where Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) goes in this hilarious fish out of water story. Traveling with the prince is his trusted friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) and, hiding the prince's identity, the two of them get jobs at a fast-food restaurant. While the prince is trying to adjust to a minimum wage lifestyle, he falls for Lisa (Shari Headley) the daughter of his boss Cleo (John Amos). As romance blooms, Akeem finds it hard to hide his royal secret, especially when the king (James Earl Jones) arrives with his regal entourage.

Film Details

Also Known As
En prins i New York, Il Principe cerca moglie, Principe cerca moglie, Il, Un Prince a New York, prince à New York
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Randy Mcdonald
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Hoyt¿Schermerhorn Streets Subway Station, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, New York, USA; Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Queens, New York City, New York, USA; Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Synopsis

Where is an African prince supposed to go to find the woman who will one day be his queen? Obviously that would be Queens, New York and that's where Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) goes in this hilarious fish out of water story. Traveling with the prince is his trusted friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) and, hiding the prince's identity, the two of them get jobs at a fast-food restaurant. While the prince is trying to adjust to a minimum wage lifestyle, he falls for Lisa (Shari Headley) the daughter of his boss Cleo (John Amos). As romance blooms, Akeem finds it hard to hide his royal secret, especially when the king (James Earl Jones) arrives with his regal entourage.

Crew

Nestor Abascal

Assistant

Paula Abdul

Choreographer

Aurorah Allain

Choreographer

Bernadine Anderson

Makeup Supervisor

Martha Appel

Production Assistant

Bruce Atwater

Grip

Rick Baker

Makeup

Bobbi Banks

Adr Editor

Joe Banks

Generator Operator

Stephen L Bedell

Assistant

Leslie Belzberg

Executive Producer

Margaret Beserra

Makeup

James Beshears

Adr Editor

Gregg H Bilson

Property Master

Lindell Blake

Stunts

Barry Blaustein

Screenplay

Laura Branigan

Song Performer

Alex Brown

Stunts

Maurice Brown

Camera Assistant

Richard Bruns

Foreman

Jennifer L Bryan

Wardrobe

Robbie Buchanan

Song

Art Buchwald

Story By

Art Buchwald

From Story

Jackie Burch

Casting

Norman Cabrera

Makeup

John Cambria

Camera Assistant

Malcolm Campbell

Editor

Danny Cangemi

Special Effects Supervisor

Phil Caplan

Camera Assistant

Paul Carden

Sound Editor

Daniel Allen Carlin

Music Editor

Tyran Carlo

Song

Marie Carter

Makeup Assistant

Ferne Cassel

Casting Associate

Pamela Cederquist

Assistant

Ed Cherney

Music

Paul Chiten

Song

Bill Christians

Wardrobe Supervisor

Gil Clayton

Set Designer

Stan Cockerell

Property Master Assistant

Carole Lee Cole

Assistant Art Director

Gardner Cole

Song

Fetteroff Colen

Production Assistant

Ed Cooper

Lighting Technician

Joseph Cosko

Assistant Camera Operator

Linda Creed

Song

Erin Cummins

Set Designer

Chico Debarge

Song Performer

Jerry Deblau

Lighting Technician

John Deblau

Lighting Technician

Anthony Desposito

Production Assistant

Jerry Detitta

On-Set Dresser

Craig Dibona

Camera Operator

Mike Dobie

Sound Editor

Sharon Dolin

Assistant

Mark Dornfeld

Other

Antoine L. Douaihy

Location Assistant

Lamont Dozier

Song

Dean Drabin

Foley Mixer

Andy Duppin

Stunts

William Durnin

On-Set Dresser

Syd Dutton

Matte Painter

Syd Dutton

Special Effects

Jane English

Makeup

Chuck Eskridge

Art Department

Joe Esposito

Song Performer

Richard Evans

Swing Gang

J J Fad

Song Performer

Jon Falkengren

Dolly Grip

Sylvia Fay

Casting

Ken Fisher

Assistant Camera Operator

Jerry Fitzpatrick

Construction Coordinator

Brian Fitzsimons

Grip

Bill Fletcher

Makeup

George Folsey

Producer

George Folsey

Editor

Richard Ford

Electrician

David Michael Frank

Song

Richard C Franklin

Sound Editor

Melissa Franz

Costumes

Emily Freeman

Production Assistant

Leigh French

Adr

Mark Freund

Photography

Kenneth Frith

Production Assistant

Dennis Gamiello

Grip

Edward Garzero

Scenic Artist

Marvin Gaye

Song Performer

Marvin Gaye

Song

William Joyce Gazecki

Sound

Lenny Geschke

Sound Editor

Marilyn Gill

Assistant

Raphaella Giugliano

Accounting Assistant

Norman Glasser

Lighting Technician

Mark Gordon

Song

Berry Gordy

Song

Gwendolyn Gordy

Song

Matthew Gould

Production Assistant

Frank Graziadei

Sound

Jim Green

Casting

Daniel K Grosso

On-Set Dresser

John A Haggar

Assistant Editor

Gregory G. Hale

Production Assistant

Daniel Hank

Production Assistant

Dennis Harper

Grip

Randall I Harris

Production Assistant

Douglas C Hart

Camera Assistant

Gary Hecker

Foley

Walter A Hekking

Assistant Editor

Nona Hendryx

Song Performer

Richard Hilton

Assistant

Peter Hock

Stunts

Carlton Holder

Stunts

Brian Holland

Song

Edward Holland

Song

Jerome Holmes

Production Assistant

Spike Allison Hooper

Sound Editor

Bill Howard

Hair Assistant

Bud Howell

Dolly Grip

Nancy Huang

Song

Lawrence Hubbs

Set Designer

Philip C Hurst

Other

Bridget Jacoby

Production Assistant

Tina James

Production Assistant

Francine Jamison-tanchuck

Costume Supervisor

Larry Johnson

Production Assistant

Eddie Jones

Craft Service

Faith Jones

Assistant Editor

Violette Jones-faison

Costumes

William B. Kaplan

Sound

Cheryal Kearney

Set Decorator

Stan Keitt

Camera Assistant

Cary Kelley

Transportation Coordinator

Kelly Kimball

Assistant

Pamela G Kimber

Sound Editor

Douglas H Knapp

Camera Assistant

Douglas Knapp

Camera Assistant

Luca Kouimelis

Script Supervisor

Terry Ladin

Production Coordinator

Max Landis

Assistant

Rachel Landis

Assistant

Lynn Ledgerwood

Other

James Leonard

Makeup

Eddie Levert

Song Performer

Eddie Levert

Song

Gerald Levert

Song Performer

Gerald Levert

Song

Robin Levine

Makeup Assistant

John Lewis

Swing Gang

Richard B Lewis

Art Director

Solomon Linda

Song

Mark Lipsky

Executive Producer

Jeff Lorber

Song

Edward W Lowry

Grip

Greg Lynch

Swing Gang

Richard Macdonald

Production Designer

Don Malouf

Sound Editor

Enrico Mastracchi Manes

Production Assistant

Arif Mardin

Song

Ned Martin

Assistant Camera Operator

Michael Masser

Song

Patricia Matthews

Assistant

John Mazzola

Grip

Bruce V. Mcbroom

Photography

Grant Mccune

Visual Effects

Randy Mcdonald

Sound

Randy Mcdonald

Cable Operator

Joseph Mcdougall

Production Assistant

Mark Mckenzie

Original Music

Brian Mcmillan

Animal Supplier

Charles Miller

Location Manager

Jonathan Phillip Moffett

Song

Cindy Montoya

Choreographer

Warren Moore

Song

Lance Mooreland

Production Assistant

Justin Moritt

Production Assistant

Lou Mugavero

Swing Gang

Charlie Murphy

Production Assistant

Eddie Murphy

Song Performer

Eddie Murphy

Screenplay

Mic Murphy

Song

Ray Murphy

Production Assistant

Ray Murphy

Production Assistant

Deborah Nadoolman

Costume Designer

Mel Neiman

Sound

Aurelia Nelson

Dga Trainee

Greg Nelson

Makeup

Richard Nelson

On-Set Dresser

Bob Nolan

Color Timer

Dan O'connell

Foley

Pamela Phillips Oland

Song

Babatunde Olatunji

Assistant

Woody Omens

Director Of Photography

Woody Omens

Dp/Cinematographer

Mona Orr

Hair

Guy Owens

Property Master Assistant

David Page

Costumes

Andy Panda

Song

Greg Papalia

Set Designer

Richard Patrick

Assistant Director

Film Details

Also Known As
En prins i New York, Il Principe cerca moglie, Principe cerca moglie, Il, Un Prince a New York, prince à New York
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Randy Mcdonald
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Hoyt¿Schermerhorn Streets Subway Station, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, New York, USA; Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Queens, New York City, New York, USA; Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Award Nominations

Best Costume Design

1988
Deborah Nadoolman

Best Makeup

1988

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 29, 1988

Released in United States on Video May 1989

Released in United States 2018

In December 1989 a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that the film was based on Art Buchwald's story "King for a Day," although credit had previously been given to Eddie Murphy.

Released in United States Summer June 29, 1988

Released in United States on Video May 1989

Began shooting January 4, 1988.

Released in United States 2018 (Spotlights)