11 things you didn’t know about Coming To America

Celebrate 30 years of Eddie Murphy’s beloved culture-clash comedy with Sky Cinema

There’s more to Eddie Murphy’s hit 1988 comedy than you might have thought…

Coming To America, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD

Coming To America is the true definition of a crowd-pleaser. Released in 1988, it’s the story of the prince of a fictional African nation who travels to the United States and disguises himself as a “regular guy” to find true love in a fast-food restaurant named McDowell’s. It has two wildly popular (at the time) stars in Eddie Murphy and talk-show host Arsenio Hall, it has laughs, it has love, it has hamburgers – it has all the ingredients of a huge hit.

 

And, despite mixed reviews, Coming To America was a runaway success at the box office, becoming one of the biggest movies of 1988 – bigger, in fact, than Big – and it remains one which, for many of us, hits all the right 80s nostalgia buttons.

So, with the 30th anniversary of its US release on 26 June, we thought we’d headback to Zamunda (just west of Wakanda, we think) and reveal 11 things you never knew about this popular comedy classic…

 

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