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Trading Places: Greatest holiday movie?



Tradingplaces The 80s were full of great holiday flicks, but is 1983's Trading Places the best of the bunch? A couple readers who are helping to compile our list of Greatest Holiday Flicks of the 80s seem to think so.

Let's put it to the test with some standard questions:

Q: Is it Eddie Murphy's best movie?
A: No way. It's in third place behind 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop.

Q: How about Dan Aykroyd's best flick?
A: Probably. A little better than Blues Brothers and The Great Outdoors.

Q: Any other outstanding acting performances?
A: Heck yeah! Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Paul Gleason. Even Jim Belushi makes a notable appearance.

Q: How much of the holiday is featured in the movie?
A: Enough. It's thanksgiving at the beginning of the movie, Christmas for half of it, and New Year's for the finale. Aykroyd dresses up as Santa, steals some smoked fish and gets drunk. So yeah, your basic holiday film.

Q: Like all holiday classics, is there any gratuitous nudity involved?
A: (Sounds of drooling at the scene featuring Jamie Lee Curtis sans her shirt)

Looks like Trading Places is stacking up quite nicely. Personally, I don't see any way it can jump over Scrooged, but tell me otherwise! Until then...

Top 5 quotes from Trading Places:
5. "It ain't cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving."
4. "I'm a karate man, see! And a karate man bruises on the inside!"
3. "When I was growing up, if we wanted a Jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub."
2. "I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me. I lost my job, I lost my house, Penelope hated me and it was all because of this terrible, awful Negro. "
1. "It - was - the - Dukes! It - was - the - Dukes!"

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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