Trading Places

Synopsis: Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it's a person's environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe's job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): John Landis
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

Your breakfast, sir.

Pork bellies! I have a hunch

something exciting is going to happen

in the pork belly market this morning.

Will Miss Penelope

be dining with you this evening, sir?

Yes. Yes, she will.

- Good morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Morning, Folsey.

- Morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Good morning.

- Morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Morning.

- Morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Morning.

Good morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Good morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Morning.

- Good morning, Mr Winthorpe.

- Morning.

Pork bellies. I knew it. I knew it!

- Good morning, Mr Duke.

- Good morning, Mr Duke.

- Good morning, Mr Duke.

- Morning, Mr Duke.

- Morning, Mr Duke.

- Morning, Mr Duke.

- Mr Duke.

- Good morning, Mr Duke.

Good morning, Mr Duke.

When do we sell?

How stupid these scientists are!

The eternal question! There is no question.

The answer's obvious.

I don't care about

heredity versus environment.

I'm sick and tired of hearing it. I care

how much we get for our pork bellies.

Winthorpe will sell

at 76 and a quarter.

His charts say that's as high as it'll go.

It'll never get that high. Let's sell now.

Patience, Mortimer.

Let's see if Winthorpe's right.

Winthorpe's wrong. It's topped out.

I say we sell now.

- Just another few seconds.

- The market's closing.

We won't get the order in.

We just made an extra $347,000.

Get me Winthorpe.

Well, I never had an instant

of doubt in my mind, Mortimer.

Yes, I'm sure a lot of people

went belly-up on that one.

I'll see you at the club.

Morning Mr Duke.

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Thank you very much.

Vietnam did this to me

but I'm not bitter, thank you.

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah?

Spare a poor war veteran some change?

I'm on my knees for life.

I have no money to give you.

Please, anything.

A quarter, just a couple of dollars.

Anything, a quarter, a nickel, please.

Hey, man, I really don't appreciate this.

I don't care what it is,

smoked ham, anything, a jacket.

Thanks! How'd you

like a stump up your ass?

- Stay outta here!

- You've got a lot of soul. I appreciate it.

Listen to this.

"Expect this stagnation to continue,

"until the Department Of Agriculture's

January crop report."

Exactly as we thought, Randolph.

Wrong! Quite wrong. Untrue.

They've given this genetics fellow

the Nobel Prize. He doesn't know

the first thing about human nature.

We're about to make

millions of dollars in frozen orange juice

and you're talking about human nature.

Money isn't everything.

Grow up.

Mother always said you were greedy.

She meant it as a compliment.

Ezra, right on time.

I bet you thought

I'd forgotten your Christmas bonus.

There you are.

Five dollars!

Maybe I'll go to the movies...

by myself.

- Half of it is from me.

- Thank you, Mr Mortimer.

- Gentlemen.

- Looking good, Louis.

Feeling good, Todd.

We need a fourth for squash today, Louis.

Are you interested?

No can do. I'll be having dinner

with Penelope, tonight.

- Oh, lucky you.

- It's not luck, Todd.

Randolph, Mortimer.

What have you got for us?

It's that time of the month again.

Payroll cheques for our employees,

which require your signatures.

And no forgetting to sign the big ones.

We are paying some of our employees

an awful lot of money.

You can't get around

the minimum wage.

$50,000 to Clarence Beeks!

Who the hell...

I meant to ask you about that.

I went through our records,

and there doesn't seem to be

a Clarence Beeks employed with the firm.

Oh, Clarence Beeks.

Yes, of course.

- He's doing something top secret for us.

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