Lindsay Johns

Trading Places at 30 – one of the funniest films of all time

For my generation at least, this is clearly a classic and a touchstone

Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places Photo: Paramount / The Kobal Collection

Next month marks the 30th anniversary of the release of what is, in my opinion, one of the funniest films of all time: Trading Places.

Starring comedic demigods Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd, together with Jamie Lee Curtis and Denholm Elliot, this 1983 critical and commercial success is an amusing and trenchant satire on race, class, money and the whole American dream.

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