Trading Places

Character: Ophelia

Directed by: John Landis

Written by: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod

Produced by: Aaron Russo

Cast Members: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott

Released date: July 8, 1983

Genre: Comedy

Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.


• They’re not just getting rich… They’re getting even.
• Some very funny business.
• Take two complete strangers, make one of them rich the other poor… just watch the fun while they’re… TRADING PLACES


→ According to John Landis, Jamie Lee Curtis was a hard sell to “Paramount,” because she had only done horror films and wasn’t known for comedy.
→ While she was making this movie, Jamie Lee Curtis stayed in Marlene Dietrich’s apartment (12E) at 993 Park Avenue in Manhattan. She’d been engaged to Dietrich’s grandson, production designer J. Michael Riva.

Character’s Quotes

♦ The only thing I’ve got going for me, is this body, this face, and what I got up here. I don’t do drugs. And I don’t have a pimp.
♦ [Ophelia notices Louis watching her undress] By the way, food and rent aren’t the only things around here that cost money. You sleep on the couch.
♦ [reading Louis’ palm] You’ve never done a day’s work in your life.

Script developed by Never Enough Design