Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1988. Paramount Pictures, Eddie Murphy Productions. Directed by John Landis. Story by Eddie Murphy, Screenplay by David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein. Cinematography by Sol Negrin, Woody Omens. Produced by George Folsey Jr., Robert D. Wachs. Music by Nile Rodgers. Production Design by Richard Macdonald. Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman. Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell, George Folsey Jr.
An African prince (Eddie Murphy) finds none of the marriageable women in his kingdom interesting and so decides to venture forth in search of one in America. He decides upon a borough of New York known as Queens, thinking it the perfect place to find his soul mate, and ends up cleaning bathrooms at a local fast food joint. Arsenio Hall plays his sidekick in this very enjoyable fish-out-of-water comedy that succeeds because of the effortless charm of its star and the fantastic makeup effects by Rick Baker (Murphy plays a whole assortment of roles). Colourful and funny, it’s one of Murphy’s best efforts from the eighties.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Makeup; Best Costume Design