History Film / TradingPlaces

25th Apr '17 2:10:15 PM Ciara25
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* StereotypeFlip: While most of the wealthy main characters are good caricatures of rich, blase, arrogant rich people, Billy Ray and Ophelia prove to be more than just a street hustler and hooker, respectively. Quite against Mortimer's predictions, Billy Ray proves just as adept at being a commodities broker as Winthorpe. Ophelia makes no bones about being a hooker, but she's remarkably bright and business savvy for one, going so far as to have a retirement plan from her life on the street.

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* StereotypeFlip: While most of the wealthy main characters are good caricatures of rich, blase, arrogant rich people, Billy Ray and Ophelia prove to be more than just a street hustler and hooker, respectively. Quite against Mortimer's predictions, Billy Ray proves just as adept at being a commodities broker as Winthorpe. Ophelia makes no bones about being a hooker, but she's remarkably bright and business savvy for one, going so far as to have a retirement plan from her life on the street.street and completely avoiding drugs, booze or a pimp controlling her life.
16th Apr '17 8:33:13 PM glasswalker
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** Winthorpe's fiancee stripping to her skivvies so they can screw in the living room counts, too.
4th Apr '17 12:58:28 PM LordYAM
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** The guy in the gorilla suit and the real gorilla. The guy in the gorilla suit follows Beeks hoping to get some tail and the real gorilla, seeing Beeks attack what seems to be a gorilla, beats the crap out of him, saving them from Beeks
26th Feb '17 5:36:00 PM Lanes17B
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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, Whinthorpe blames everything thats happened to him on "that awful negro" (Valentine.)
20th Feb '17 12:08:00 PM MikeW
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* PersonaNonGrata: Thanks to the Dukes, this is what happens to Louis. He's fired from his job, arrested on fake drug charges and his fiancee is made to believe he slept with Ophelia. It doesn't truly sink in for Louis until he shows up at the local club to ask for the help of his friends as character witnesses (and a loan for legal fees) and they coldly make it clear they want nothing to do with him.
10th Feb '17 12:15:28 PM Farnham
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* PhonyVeteran: Billy Ray's con scheme at the beginning of the movie.

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* PhonyVeteran: Billy Ray's con scheme at the beginning of the movie. Blown to smithereens when the two cops who approach him turn out to be ''real'' Vietnam War veterans.
4th Feb '17 1:11:16 PM Premonition45
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* BecomingTheMask: Ophelia is introduced pretending to be Louis Winthorpe's lover. By the end, she genuinely becomes his love.

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* BecomingTheMask: Ophelia is introduced pretending to be Louis Winthorpe's lover. By the end, she genuinely becomes his love.actually falls in love with him.
31st Jan '17 10:35:12 AM eaterofworlds
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* TranquilFury: Valentine didn't take too kindly on The Duke Brother's racial slur that he overheard within the bathroom stall.
31st Jan '17 10:25:20 AM eaterofworlds
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** Ophelia happens to be well-versed in Shakespeare.
25th Jan '17 8:34:54 AM JamesAustin
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The movie did well at the box office ($90 million gross in 1983, $233 million adjusted gross) and with critics (89% Fresh at RottenTomatoes), who deemed it an entertaining and intriguing social satire (thanks chiefly to the stellar cast and the well-written script).
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