History Film / TradingPlaces

3rd Apr '18 9:27:54 PM marcoasalazarm
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* EvilIsPetty: The Duke brothers [[spoiler:enact a bet between themselves that causes their best employee to suffer utter, borderline suicide-inducing homeless hell and would have gotten the man they hired to replace him (as one of the steps to cause the aforementioned hell) fired ]] for no better reason that an argument about the value of nature vs. nurture [[spoiler:and racism. And that bet? '''One dollar!''']].



* NiceToTheWaiter: The Duke Brothers don't treat their hired help well, [[TheScrooge offering only $5 bonuses]] during the holidays. Louis himself doesn't treat hired help, [[PetTheDog except Coleman]], particularly well. While arriving at work, he doesn't even look his helpers in the eye. [[CharacterDevelopment Until after having lost his wealth]], that is. After arriving with Billy Ray [[spoiler:at the World Trade Center]], he specifically tells their taxi driver to keep his change upon paying him.

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* NiceToTheWaiter: The Duke Brothers don't treat their hired help well, [[TheScrooge offering only $5 bonuses]] bonuses (total, $2.5 from each)]] during the holidays. Louis himself doesn't treat hired help, [[PetTheDog except Coleman]], particularly well. While arriving at work, he doesn't even look his helpers in the eye. [[CharacterDevelopment Until after having lost his wealth]], that is. After arriving with Billy Ray [[spoiler:at the World Trade Center]], he specifically tells their taxi driver to keep his change upon paying him.
3rd Apr '18 5:45:14 PM RAraya
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* DrivenToSuicide: Winthorpe makes two back-to-back suicide attempts when he thinks his life is ruined beyond repair. The first fails due to the gun jamming, and he's saved from the second attempt of trying to OD on pills [[spoiler:by Valentine and Ophelia]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: Winthorpe makes two back-to-back suicide attempts when he thinks his life is ruined beyond repair. The first (which happened just after [[VisualPun he literally got]] [[RockBottom peed by a dog]] before it began to rain) fails due to the gun jamming, and he's saved from the second attempt of trying to OD on pills [[spoiler:by Valentine and Ophelia]].
22nd Mar '18 6:03:00 PM LongTallShorty64
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Winthorpe's bosses, financial tycoons Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Creator/RalphBellamy and Don Ameche), debate "nature vs. nurture" after witnessing Valentine's arrest. Mortimer believes good breeding makes a man a success, no matter how much opportunity the world provides to him, while Randolph believes a rich man will deteriorate and a poor man will succeed if placed in the right environment. The Dukes decide to run a social experiment by ruining a rich man's life, putting a poor man in the rich man's place, and seeing what happens. Winthorpe and Valentine become the Dukes' "test subjects", and the brothers make a bet on the outcome for "the usual amount".

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Winthorpe's bosses, financial tycoons Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Creator/RalphBellamy and Don Ameche), Creator/DonAmeche), debate "nature vs. nurture" after witnessing Valentine's arrest. Mortimer believes good breeding makes a man a success, no matter how much opportunity the world provides to him, while Randolph believes a rich man will deteriorate and a poor man will succeed if placed in the right environment. The Dukes decide to run a social experiment by ruining a rich man's life, putting a poor man in the rich man's place, and seeing what happens. Winthorpe and Valentine become the Dukes' "test subjects", and the brothers make a bet on the outcome for "the usual amount".
23rd Jan '18 5:31:30 AM hullflyer
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** Louis' friends and fiance. When Louis' life falls apart, rather than help their friend or question the out-of-character accusations against him, his friends ostracize him when his life falls apart. The films implies they were false even before Louis is accused of theft. One of them (Todd) seemed to be trying to steal away Louis' fiance Penelope, or get her to cheat on him. Downplayed with Penelope herself, though she is quick to doubt, and then dismiss, Louis when the accusations pile up (and is in a physical relationship Todd ''less than a week'' after calling off her engagement to Louis). They're even implied to be untrue to ''each other'', as seen in the ''a capella'' song (see LyricalDissonance below).

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** Louis' friends and fiance. When Louis' life falls apart, rather than help their friend or question the out-of-character accusations against him, his friends ostracize him when his life falls apart. The films film implies they were false even before Louis is accused of theft. One of them (Todd) seemed to be trying to steal away Louis' fiance Penelope, or get her to cheat on him. Downplayed with Penelope herself, though she is quick to doubt, and then dismiss, Louis when the accusations pile up (and is in a physical relationship with Todd ''less than a week'' after calling off her engagement to Louis). They're even implied to be untrue to ''each other'', as seen in the ''a capella'' song (see LyricalDissonance below).
15th Jan '18 8:45:17 PM jormis29
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Winthorpe's bosses, financial tycoons Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche), debate "nature vs. nurture" after witnessing Valentine's arrest. Mortimer believes good breeding makes a man a success, no matter how much opportunity the world provides to him, while Randolph believes a rich man will deteriorate and a poor man will succeed if placed in the right environment. The Dukes decide to run a social experiment by ruining a rich man's life, putting a poor man in the rich man's place, and seeing what happens. Winthorpe and Valentine become the Dukes' "test subjects", and the brothers make a bet on the outcome for "the usual amount".

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Winthorpe's bosses, financial tycoons Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Ralph Bellamy (Creator/RalphBellamy and Don Ameche), debate "nature vs. nurture" after witnessing Valentine's arrest. Mortimer believes good breeding makes a man a success, no matter how much opportunity the world provides to him, while Randolph believes a rich man will deteriorate and a poor man will succeed if placed in the right environment. The Dukes decide to run a social experiment by ruining a rich man's life, putting a poor man in the rich man's place, and seeing what happens. Winthorpe and Valentine become the Dukes' "test subjects", and the brothers make a bet on the outcome for "the usual amount".
26th Nov '17 5:22:07 PM marcoasalazarm
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Dukes, Clarence Beeks, and Louis' close ones in general are outright vile people. Billy Ray was a homeless man who wasn't above stolen valor, Louis was a snobbish man, and Ophelia was a hooker. They, however, improve over the course of the movie.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Dukes, Clarence Beeks, and Louis' close ones in general are outright vile people. Billy Ray was a homeless man who wasn't above stolen valor, Louis was a snobbish and casually racist man, and Ophelia was a hooker. They, however, improve over the course of the movie.



** The joint that Valentine pockets after Winthorpe tries to plant a bunch of drugs in his desk. [[spoiler: Ultimately, that's the reason Valentine discovers the Dukes' master plan]].

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** The joint that Valentine pockets after Winthorpe tries to plant a bunch of drugs in his desk. [[spoiler: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Ultimately, that's the reason Valentine discovers the Dukes' master plan]].



* DeadSerious: At the beginning of the climax [[spoiler:Beeks draws a gun on the whole group [[NoNonsenseNemesis and would have just shot them dead and leave them to rot on the baggage car of the train]] if not for the gorilla costume guy arriving to the car to distract him and the actual gorilla knocking him out.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: Winthorpe makes two back-to-back suicide attempts when he thinks his life is ruined beyond repair. The first fails due to the gun jamming, and he's saved from the second attempt of trying to OD on pills [[spoiler: by Valentine and Ophelia]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: Winthorpe makes two back-to-back suicide attempts when he thinks his life is ruined beyond repair. The first fails due to the gun jamming, and he's saved from the second attempt of trying to OD on pills [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by Valentine and Ophelia]].



* FauxAffablyEvil: The Dukes. Randolph seems AffablyEvil, but he's just playing a part. In spite of his argument that Valentine could be just as productive a member of society as Winthorpe if given the chance, he ultimately reveals that he's just as racist as his brother [[spoiler: and fully intends to kick Valentine to the curb when their experiment is over]].

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* FauxAffablyEvil: The Dukes. Randolph seems AffablyEvil, but he's just playing a part. In spite of his argument that Valentine could be just as productive a member of society as Winthorpe if given the chance, he ultimately reveals that he's just as racist as his brother [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and fully intends to kick Valentine to the curb when their experiment is over]].over and ''leave'' Winthorpe there as well]].



** The Dukes' main trader mentions anxiety problems, [[spoiler: which later kick in during the final plan]], preventing him from stopping it.

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** The Dukes' main trader mentions anxiety problems, [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which later kick in during the final plan]], preventing him from stopping it.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Nearly everything the Dukes come up with winds up being used to bring them down, from the two men whose lives they decide to mess with to their own 'foolproof' plan to corner the market. Even the prostitute they get to assist the plan winds up working against them. If you look at how they train Valentine to be a successful broker, and likely trained Winthrope when he was younger, you could say they literally trained the gentlemen who destroyed them]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Nearly [[spoiler:Nearly everything the Dukes come up with winds up being used to bring them down, from the two men whose lives they decide to mess with to their own 'foolproof' plan to corner the market. Even the prostitute they get to assist the plan winds up working against them. If you look at how they train Valentine to be a successful broker, and likely trained Winthrope when he was younger, you could say they literally trained the gentlemen who destroyed them]].



* {{Hypocrite}}: Randolph Duke ultimately shows himself to be this during his conversation with Mortimer [[spoiler: in the men's room]]. Despite him supposedly being a proponent of "nurture over nature", he turns out to be [[spoiler: just as racist as his brother, and plans on taking everything from Valentine after their experiment is over]].

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Randolph Duke ultimately shows himself to be this during his conversation with Mortimer [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the men's room]]. Despite him supposedly being a proponent of "nurture over nature", he turns out to be [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just as racist as his brother, and plans on taking everything from Valentine after their experiment is over]].



** Mortimer. Randolph is a pretty nasty piece of work too, but can at least better hide it within a docile, affable front. It's implied both of the brothers aren't well-liked, since [[spoiler: the NYSE gleefully sells their seats]]. Coleman, after receiving orders to change the locks and bar Winthorpe from the house, ruefully refers to them as "scumbags."

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** Mortimer. Randolph is a pretty nasty piece of work too, but can at least better hide it within a docile, affable front. It's implied both of the brothers aren't well-liked, since [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the NYSE gleefully sells their seats]]. Coleman, after receiving orders to change the locks and bar Winthorpe from the house, ruefully refers to them as "scumbags."



** [[spoiler: Let's face it, the Dukes ''really'' had it coming, and [[ContinuityCameo they'd at least have to wait until]] Film/ComingToAmerica for things to unintentionally look up for them]].

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** [[spoiler: Let's [[spoiler:Let's face it, the Dukes ''really'' had it coming, and [[ContinuityCameo they'd at least have to wait until]] Film/ComingToAmerica for things to unintentionally look up for them]].



* MoodWhiplash: While mostly a slapstick comedy, Winthorpe's descent into bankruptcy and depression comes off as poignant, and strikes hard when he attempts suicide by overdose. Swings back to light-hearted when it cuts to reveal a BungledSuicide. A short face off with Beeks aside, the rest of the film is [[spoiler: a comedic revenge scenario]].

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* MoodWhiplash: While mostly a slapstick comedy, Winthorpe's descent into bankruptcy and depression comes off as poignant, and strikes hard when he attempts suicide by overdose. Swings back to light-hearted when it cuts to reveal a BungledSuicide. A short nearly-fatal face off with Beeks aside, the rest of the film is [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a comedic revenge scenario]].



* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Or extreme violence, anyway; upon learning of the plan to ruin his life, Winthorpe initially decides that the most appropriate course of action is to kneecap both of the Duke brothers with a shotgun, before [[spoiler: Valentine and the others suggest a more creative way of getting back at them]].

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Or extreme violence, anyway; upon learning of the plan to ruin his life, Winthorpe initially decides that the most appropriate course of action is to kneecap both of the Duke brothers with a shotgun, before [[spoiler: Valentine [[spoiler:Valentine and the others suggest a more creative way of getting back at them]].



-->'''Mortimer:''' Do you really believe I would let [[spoiler: a ''nigger'' run our family business]], Randolph?\\

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-->'''Mortimer:''' Do you really believe I would let [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a ''nigger'' run our family business]], Randolph?\\



** [[spoiler: Also a precision N-strike in the BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults. Tying into the above, Don Ameche also hated using racial slurs and apologized profusely to Murphy for the racial slurs his character used; the emphasis he puts on those words in the movie could've been down to his real-life distaste for those slurs.]]

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** [[spoiler: Also [[spoiler:Also a precision N-strike in the BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults. Tying into the above, Don Ameche also hated using racial slurs and apologized profusely to Murphy for the racial slurs his character used; the emphasis he puts on those words in the movie could've been down to his real-life distaste for those slurs.]]



* SayMyName: "CLARENCE BEEKS?!", simultaneously by Winthorpe and Valentine [[spoiler: when they see him on a news report and piece it all together]].

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* SayMyName: "CLARENCE BEEKS?!", simultaneously by Winthorpe and Valentine [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when they see him on a news report and piece it all together]].



* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Winthorpe believes this for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge. [[spoiler: The clear-headed Valentine reminds him he'll go to jail for years for attempted murder alone, and that there's a better way of getting back at the Dukes.]]

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* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Winthorpe believes this for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The clear-headed Valentine reminds him he'll go to jail for years for attempted murder alone, and that there's a better way of getting back at the Dukes.]]



** In addition, with the advent of more sophisticated computerization, modern commodities markets have "breakers" that prevent prices from changing as rapidly as depicted in the film, [[spoiler: precisely to avoid the sort of mess the Dukes tried to cause and profit from, as well as the kind of mess they ended up getting themselves into]]. These limits were added a few years after the film was made (a result of the infamous 1987 stock market crash).

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** In addition, with the advent of more sophisticated computerization, modern commodities markets have "breakers" that prevent prices from changing as rapidly as depicted in the film, [[spoiler: precisely [[spoiler:precisely to avoid the sort of mess the Dukes tried to cause and profit from, as well as the kind of mess they ended up getting themselves into]]. These limits were added a few years after the film was made (a result of the infamous 1987 stock market crash).



** Ophelia's unexpected kindness to Louis helped him change his ways and helped in the [[spoiler: LaserGuidedKarma Louis would give back to the Dukes]].

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** Ophelia's unexpected kindness to Louis helped him change his ways and helped in the [[spoiler: LaserGuidedKarma [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma Louis would give back to the Dukes]].



%%* VideoCredits

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%%* VideoCredits* VideoCredits: The end credits shows each major player, most of them laughing -- except Beeks.



* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Do you really believe I would let a ''nigger'' run our family business, Randolph?" cements the idea that ''both'' of the Duke Brothers want nothing to do with Valentine after the experiment ([[ExactEavesdropping and makes Valentine aware of this fact]]). After this line, the plot changes from "let's watch this hilarious swapping of lifestyles" to "let's watch them take those miserable [=SOBs=] down!" The fact that both brothers also now consider Winthorpe damaged goods after his rampage sets up the final team-up between him and Valentine.]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Do [[spoiler:"Do you really believe I would let a ''nigger'' run our family business, Randolph?" cements the idea that ''both'' of the Duke Brothers want nothing to do with Valentine after the experiment ([[ExactEavesdropping and makes Valentine aware of this fact]]). After this line, the plot changes from "let's watch this hilarious swapping of lifestyles" to "let's watch them take those miserable [=SOBs=] down!" The fact that both brothers also now consider Winthorpe damaged goods after his rampage sets up the final team-up between him and Valentine.]]
26th Nov '17 4:14:53 PM Premonition45
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The brokers running out of the bathroom stalls when the bell goes off is very reminiscent of racehorses.



** Billy Ray: [[spoiler:That when you feel like you've worked hard for what you've got, it's a lot easier to care about what happens to it. He also learns to be less of a lout and more professional in his manners]]

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** Billy Ray: [[spoiler:That when you feel like you've worked hard for what you've got, it's a lot easier to care about what happens to it. He also learns to be less of a lout and more professional in his manners]]manners.]]
25th Nov '17 3:07:07 PM Premonition45
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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero:
** Early in the film, Winthorpe had Valentine arrested for attempted robbery after accidentally bumping into one another, and even after Valentine apologized for it. While coming to after his suicide attempt, Winthorpe briefly lapses back into his old persona by blaming everything that happened to him on "that terrible, awful negro" (Valentine.)

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero:
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PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Early in the film, Winthorpe had Valentine arrested for attempted robbery after accidentally bumping into one another, and even after Valentine apologized for it. While coming to after his suicide attempt, Winthorpe briefly lapses back into his old persona by blaming everything that happened to him on "that terrible, awful negro" (Valentine.)
25th Nov '17 3:06:40 PM Premonition45
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** Early in the film, Winthorpe had Valentine arrested for attempted robbery after accidentally bumping into one another, and even after Valentine apologized for it.
** While coming to after his suicide attempt, Whinthorpe blames everything thats happened to him on "that awful negro" (Valentine.)

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** Early in the film, Winthorpe had Valentine arrested for attempted robbery after accidentally bumping into one another, and even after Valentine apologized for it.
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it. While coming to after his suicide attempt, Whinthorpe blames Winthorpe briefly lapses back into his old persona by blaming everything thats that happened to him on "that terrible, awful negro" (Valentine.)
25th Nov '17 1:07:40 PM Premonition45
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* FromBadToWorse: Winthorpe's life has been ruined, his suicide attempt backfires, and he finds out it's all been for a bet. Then he finds out the bet was [[spoiler:only one dollar. His revenge for that is sweet.]]

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* FromBadToWorse: Winthorpe's life has been ruined, his suicide attempt backfires, and he finds out it's all been for a bet. Then he finds out the bet was [[spoiler:only one dollar. ]] His revenge for that is sweet.]]


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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Ruining Louis Winthope's life over a [[spoiler:one dollar]] bet --> Attempt at cornering the frozen concentrate orange juice market.


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* ThisIsReality: When Louis gets to know Ophelia.
-->'''Louis:''' Ophelia, you realize that's the name...
-->'''Ophelia:''' [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore I know]], Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'s girlfriend. He went crazy, she killed herself. This is not Shakespeare, Louis.
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