17 December 2017 19:00 » 17 December 2017 21:00
Newcastle Community Cinema
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
This one’s for all you JIVE TURKEYS! The true meaning of Christmas? Ask the Duke Brothers! Ledge director John Landis, back in ’83, popped out this evergreen fable of wily con men, snobby investment bankers and two cold-hearted millionaires, and a stone-cold Christmas classic was born – luckily for us.
Eddie Murphy at the height of his scene stealing prowess, leads the charge, ably abetted by Dan Akroyd, Denholm Elliot and Her Royal Highness, Queen Jamie Lee of Curtis, in this peerlessly enjoyable romp that, like a fine wine, simply improves with each passing year.
The switched identity, “broker-on-the-up meets brother-on-the-skids” plot is incredibly enjoyable - a blast to the last frame - but, let’s face it, Murphy as main man (and Vietnam Vet!) Billy Ray Valentine steals the show wholesale, in this pure 80’s flashback Christmas classic, to when Eddie was the King of Hollywood comedy.
So quotable, packed with unforgettable scenes, asides, sight gags (A drunken Winthorpe / Akroyd stealing a full side of salmon dressed as Santa – particular fav), not to mention plenty of great hair – Trading Places is the undisputed Christmas moral-tale 80s winner – can’t believe we’re only getting round to it now! Some VERY funny business, indeed!