History Film / TradingPlaces

28th Jan '16 5:29:18 PM Niria
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Black and Grey Morality. The (anti)heroes are grey, but the Dukes are true villains.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Dukes and Louis' close ones in general are outright vile people. However, neither Billy Ray, Ophelia nor Winthorpe himself are the most honorable and honest of people themselves. They only look good by comparison.

* GrayAndGreyMorality: The Dukes and Louis' close ones in general aren't too nice but neither Billy Ray, Ophelia nor Winthorpe himself are the most honorable and honest of people.
26th Jan '16 11:19:44 AM hullflyer
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** Mortimer Duke. So precise that actor Don Ameche didn't even want to say it, as he [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor abhorred swearing]], and did only one take of the shot.
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** Mortimer Duke. So precise that actor Don Ameche didn't even want to say it, as he [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor abhorred swearing]], and did only one take of the shot.shot (and even then, Eddie Murphy needed to explicitly tell him it was OK, he was just playing a part).
22nd Jan '16 1:54:15 PM RAraya
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* HypocriticalHumour: "The Heritage Club -- With liberty and justice for all -- Members only"
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* HypocriticalHumour: "The Heritage Club -- With liberty and justice for Liberty And Justice For all -- Members only"(members only)" * ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Louis has to dress with clothes left behind by the former tenant in Ophelia´s apartment: A checkered suit, a huge tie and a fur coat.
22nd Jan '16 5:43:36 AM isoycrazy
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Wrong trope. My God is a recognition of moral failing, that one has sinned deeply, in their mind. not realizing they heald the villain ball.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Duke brothers reaction when Winthorpe and Valentine settle their bet about their stock gambit with the $1.00 in front of them. At that point, they surely must thought, "Valentine must have overheard us in the washroom when we settled our own bet. If we did that at home, he would never have known!"
20th Jan '16 2:15:47 PM RAraya
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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The Dukes and Louis' close ones in general aren't too nice but neither Billy Ray nor Winthorpe himself are the most honorable and honest of people.
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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The Dukes and Louis' close ones in general aren't too nice but neither Billy Ray Ray, Ophelia nor Winthorpe himself are the most honorable and honest of people.

* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Duke brothers reaction when Winthrope and Valentine settle their bet about their stock gambit with the $1.00 in front of them. At that point, they surely must thought, "Valentine must have overheard us in the washroom when we settled our own bet. If we did that at home, he would never have known!"
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Duke brothers reaction when Winthrope Winthorpe and Valentine settle their bet about their stock gambit with the $1.00 in front of them. At that point, they surely must thought, "Valentine must have overheard us in the washroom when we settled our own bet. If we did that at home, he would never have known!"

** 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.
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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 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.made (a result of the infamous 1987 stock market crash).

* 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 sets up the final team-up between him and Valentine.]]
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* 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.]]
18th Jan '16 8:43:20 PM RAraya
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* GetOut: Valentine to the freeloaders in his new house, complete with a PrecisionFStrike in the non-TV version
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* GetOut: Valentine to the freeloaders in his new house, complete with a PrecisionFStrike in the non-TV versionversion. * GrayAndGreyMorality: The Dukes and Louis' close ones in general aren't too nice but neither Billy Ray nor Winthorpe himself are the most honorable and honest of people.
14th Jan '16 3:32:31 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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** [[spoiler: Let's face it, the Dukes ''really'' had it coming]].
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** [[spoiler: Let's face it, the Dukes ''really'' had it coming]].coming, and [[ContinuityCameo they'd at least have to wait until]] Film/ComingToAmerica for things to unintentionally look up for them]].
13th Jan '16 7:53:21 AM gallium
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* DelayedWire: The elaborate plot to ruin the Dukes by giving them a fake crop report that leads the Dukes to bet big on rising prices for frozen concentrated orange juice.
29th Nov '15 12:09:49 PM Sheora
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26th Nov '15 10:42:36 PM Ugolino
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%%* SlobsVersusSnobs
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%%* SlobsVersusSnobs* SlobsVersusSnobs: By the climax, it's essentially a battle between flat-broke protagonists and corrupt rich men. * SmugSnake: The Duke Brothers, for the most part. It's quite obvious that for all their talk of how great they are, they would be nothing without their insider knowledge and connections - Billy Ray outsmarts them on stock market trends with nothing but basic street smarts, they toss aside valuable assets based on childish bets or racism, and they try to stay ahead of the stock market with insider crop reports in the climax.
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