Trivia / Coming to America

  • Acting for Two: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Technically, both are Acting For Four.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Dawson Casting: The movie opens on Prince Akeem's 21st birthday. Eddie Murphy, who played the prince, was actually 27 at the time.
  • Talking to Himself: Hall and Murphy play three of the four characters in the barbershop; one of whom is an Alter Kocker.
  • Technology Marches On: If mobile phones were more widespread at the time, Semmi might have texted Akeem that his parents, the King and Queen, are in New York, and he's gone with them to the Waldorf Astoria.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: This film dates itself to the late 1980s with its depiction of Pre-Giuliani NYC, its fashion, its soundtrack, describing Mike Tyson as a "new boy" in boxing, and the presence of the original World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in the skyline.