History Film / TradingPlaces

25th Aug '16 5:52:49 PM redandready45
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* BadBoss: The Dukes spend an entire movie destroying a loyal employee [[spoiler: all over a one dollar bet, and decide not to help him]].



* 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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* 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. [[spoiler: When they go broke, they have a meltdown even worse than Louis']].




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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Louis' associates show no interest in helping the guy when he begs them for a loan.
23rd Jul '16 9:00:22 AM Sapphireonice
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** Valentine, in the scene where Winthorpe stands outside the club in the rain, mentions the Russian winter not affecting their crop harvests as badly as they thought kinda mirrors the eventual outcome of the crop reports in America.
12th Jul '16 8:25:36 PM fnhornguy
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* RecordNeedleScratch: When Billy Ray kills the music at the party to tell everyone to get out of the house.
15th Jun '16 5:48:40 AM Prfnoff
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'''''Trading Places''''', a critically-acclaimed 1983 {{comedy}} film directed by Creator/JohnLandis, stars Creator/DanAykroyd, Creator/EddieMurphy and Creator/JamieLeeCurtis.

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'''''Trading Places''''', ''Trading Places'', a critically-acclaimed 1983 {{comedy}} film directed by Creator/JohnLandis, stars Creator/DanAykroyd, Creator/EddieMurphy and Creator/JamieLeeCurtis.
12th Jun '16 5:06:06 PM redandready45
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Ophelia to a T.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Ophelia to a T. She didn't have to care for this stranger whose life he ruined. But she felt bad and took her in.
30th Apr '16 5:46:31 PM MrInitialMan
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The Dukes frame Winthorpe for possession of drugs and use a hooker named Ophelia (Curtis) to further humiliate him in front of his fiancée; Winthorpe loses his job, his house, and his fiancée in short order, and he ends up living with Ophelia, [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold who takes pity on him]]. After ruining Winthorpe's life, the Dukes arrange for Valentine's release from jail, then give him Winthorpe's job and house. Randolph's prediction comes true: Winthorpe's life spirals out of control while Valentine becomes a success (even though he gains some of the same attitudes against the poor that Winthorpe held).

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The Dukes frame Winthorpe for possession of drugs and use a hooker named Ophelia (Curtis) to further humiliate him in front of his fiancée; Winthorpe loses his job, his house, and his fiancée in short order, [[ThisBedOfRoses and he ends up living with Ophelia, Ophelia]], [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold who takes pity on him]]. After ruining Winthorpe's life, the Dukes arrange for Valentine's release from jail, then give him Winthorpe's job and house. Randolph's prediction comes true: Winthorpe's life spirals out of control while Valentine becomes a success (even though he gains some of the same attitudes against the poor that Winthorpe held).
28th Apr '16 9:39:11 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Subverted with the ending. Modern viewers might come away with the impression that it could never happen in real life (because [[spoiler:it's obvious insider trading]]), but at the time time, it was legal in commodities markets, and this film was part of what got it banned[[note]]The law is even called the Eddie Murphy Law... at least unofficially[[/note]]. Other changes in the nature of the stock market that would keep it from working today are a result of TechnologyMarchesOn[[note]]On the floor trading doesn't happen anymore, for the most part, and the nature of the "con" at the end would be impossible with automated, computer trading[[/note]].

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Subverted with the ending. Modern viewers might come away with the impression that it could never happen in real life (because [[spoiler:it's obvious insider trading]]), but at the time time, it was legal in commodities markets, and this film was part of what got it banned[[note]]The law is even called the Eddie Murphy Law... at least unofficially[[/note]]. Other changes in the nature of the stock market that would keep it from working today are a result of TechnologyMarchesOn[[note]]On the floor trading doesn't happen anymore, for the most part, and the nature of the "con" at the end would be impossible with automated, computer trading[[/note]].
25th Mar '16 2:31:48 PM falcon2484
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* OneWordVocabulary: The "Even Bigger Black Guy" (see ScaryBlackMan, below) only ever says "Yeah!" in response to what the "Big Black Guy" says.
24th Mar '16 7:55:59 AM redandready45
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Dukes, Clarence Beeks, 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.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Dukes, Clarence Beeks, and Louis' close ones in general are outright vile people. However, neither Billy Ray, Ray was a homeless man who wasn't above stolen valor, Louis was a snobbish man, and Ophelia nor Winthorpe himself are was a hooker. They, however, improve over the most honorable and honest course of people themselves. They only look good by comparison.the movie.


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* FalseFriend: Louis' acquaintances at the country club treat him like the plague when his life falls apart.
21st Mar '16 5:45:53 AM quirkygenius
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** [[spoiler: Also a precision N-strike in the BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults.]]

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** [[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 actor's real-life distaste for those slurs.]]
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