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Coming to America Quotes

Coming to America is a TV program that was first aired in 1970 . Coming to America completed its run in 1970.

It features George Folsey, Jr. as producer, Nile Rodgers in charge of musical score, and Sol Negrin as head of cinematography.

Coming to America is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Coming to America is 117 minutes long. Coming to America is distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The cast includes: James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, John Amos as Cleo McDowell, Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Frankie Faison as Landlord, Shari Headley as Lisa McDowell, Paul Bates as Oha, Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles as Morris, Louie Anderson as Maurice, Samuel L. Jackson as Hold-Up Man, John Amos as Cleo, Jake Steinfeld as Cab Driver, Madge Sinclair as Queen Aoleon, Allison Dean as Patrice McDowell, and Eriq La Salle as Darryl Jenks.

Coming to America Quotes

Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem

  • (Eddie Murphy) "What does dumb f*** mean?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I want a woman that will arouse my intellect as well as my loins"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Just for once, I would like to cook for myself and take care of myself, dress myself, wipe my own backside."
  • (Imani Izzi) "Ever since I was born, I've been trained to serve you."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Yes, I know this. But I would like to know about you. What do you like to do?"
  • (Imani Izzi) "Whatever you like."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "What kind of music do you like?"
  • (Imani Izzi) "Whatever kind of music you like."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Look, I know what I like. And I know that you know what I like because you were trained to know what I like, but I would like to know what you like. For instance, do you have a favourite food?"
  • (Imani Izzi) "Yes."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Good. What is your favourite food?"
  • (Imani Izzi) "Whatever food you like."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "This is impossible. Listen, from this moment on, I command you not to obey me."
  • (Imani Izzi) "No."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Oha, it is my twenty-first birthday. Do you think perhaps just once I might use the bathroom by myself?"
  • (Paul Bates) "Most amusing, sir."
  • (Paul Bates) "Wipers."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I am Akeem."
  • (Shari Headley) "It's nice to meet you, Akeem."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I have recently been placed in charge of garbage. Do you have any that requires disposal?"
  • (Shari Headley) "No. It's totally empty."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "When it fills up, call me. I will take it out most urgently."
  • (Shari Headley) "That's good to know."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "When you think of garbage, think of Akeem."
  • (Clarence) "Heyyy, it's the boys from Africa, how y'all doin this evenin'?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Sir, where can one go to find nice women here?"
  • (Clarence) "You gotta get out and look, they ain't just gonna fall on your lap."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "We've been to every bar in Queens."
  • (Clarence) "Well, that's where you messed up, son, you can't go to no bar to find a nice woman. You gotta go to a nice place, a quiet place like a library, there's good women there and 'erm, church, they're good girls."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "But it is also tradition that times must and always do change, my friend."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I have a date with Lisa. Isn't that wonderful?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "But when I marry, I want the woman to love me for who I am, not because of what I am."
  • (James Earl Jones) "And who are you?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I am a man who has never tied his own shoes before."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Wrong. You are a PRINCE who has never tied his shoes. Believe me. I tied my own shoes once. It is an overrated experience."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Fascinating. Semmi, look at this. America is great indeed. Imagine a country so free, one can throw glass on the streets."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Good morning, my neighbors."
  • (Unnamed) "Hey, f*** you."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Yes, yes. f*** you too."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "It would be wise for you to put the weapon down."
  • (Samuel L. Jackson) "Who the f*** is this asshole?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Please refrain from using any further obscenities in the presence of these people."
  • (Samuel L. Jackson) "What?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I'm warning you. I will be forced to thrash you."
  • (Samuel L. Jackson) "f*** you."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "But how can a man get excited about a woman he's never seen?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Are you saying that no matter what I tell you to do, you will do?"
  • (Imani Izzi) "Yes, Your Highness."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Anything I say, you'll do?"
  • (Imani Izzi) "Yes, Your Highness."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Bark like a dog."
  • (Imani Izzi) "Arf. Arf. Arf. Arf."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "A big dog."
  • (Imani Izzi) "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Hop on one leg."
  • (Imani Izzi) "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Make a noise like an orangutan."
  • (Imani Izzi) "Oo. Oo. Oo. Oo."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "So, you would share your bed, and your fortune, with a beautiful fool?"
  • (Arsenio Hall) "That is the way it has always been with men of power. It is tradition."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Is it just me, or does every woman in Queens have a severe emotional problem?"

James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer

  • (James Earl Jones) "I am looking for my son Akeem."
  • (James Earl Jones) "So you see, my son, there is a very fine line between love and nausea."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Time does fly fast, my son. It seems only yesterday I ordered your first diaper changed. Now you're a man about to be married. She will give you much pleasure, don't you think?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I'm not sure if I'm ready."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Son, I know we never talked about this. I always assumed you had sex with your bathers. I know I do."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Our son cannot consort with such a girl."
  • (John Amos) "Now wait a minute."
  • (James Earl Jones) "I know you have been inconvenienced. I am prepared to compensate you. Shall we say one million American dollars?"
  • (John Amos) "No way."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Very well then. Two million."
  • (John Amos) "You don't have enough money to buy my daughter off."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Nonsense."
  • (Madge Sinclair) "Jaffe, apologize to Mr. McDowell."
  • (James Earl Jones) "I will do no such thing. The man is beneath me and so is his daughter."
  • (John Amos) "I don't care who you are. This is America, Jack. Say another word about Lisa, and I'll break my foot off in your royal ass."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Semmi, you have disgraced yourself, and you must be punished. Confine yourself to our royal suite at the Waldorf-Astoria."
  • (James Earl Jones) "And see that he puts on some decent attire."
  • (James Earl Jones) "And I want you to bathe him thoroughly."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Oh, thank you, Your Majesty."
  • (James Earl Jones) "It is of no consequence to me."
  • (James Earl Jones) "Do not alert him to my presence. I will deal with him myself."

Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles as Morris

  • (Saul) "A man has the right to change his name to vatever he vants to change it to. And if a man vants to be called Muhammad Ali, godammit this is a free country, you should respect his vishes, and call the man Muhammad Ali."
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "His mamma call him Clay, imma call him Clay."
  • (Saul) "Then you're a putz. All of you are putzes. They should change the sign outside from My-T-Sharp to 'ze Three Putzes."
  • (Clarence) "You must be outta your God-damned mind. Joe Louis the greatest boxer who ever lived. I'll be with you boys in a minute. He was badder than Cassius Clay, he was better than Sugar Ray, he was badder than; who's that new boy? Mike Tyson. Look like a bull dog. He was badder than him too. He'd whip Mike Tyson's ass, he'd whip all their asses."
  • (Saul) "What about Rocky Marciano?"
  • (Clarence) "Oh, there they go. There they go. Every time I start talking about boxing, a white man gotta pull Rocky Marciano outta their ass. That's they one. That's they one. Rocky Marciano. Rocky Marciano. Lemme tell you something once and for all. Rocky Marciano was good, but compared to Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano ain't s***."
  • (Saul) "He beat Joe Louis's ass."
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "That's right, he did whip Joe Louis's ass."
  • (Clarence) "Joe Louis was seventy-five years old when he fought."
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "I don't know how old he was, but he got his ass whooped."
  • (Clarence) "Joe Louis had come out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. The man was seventy-six years old. Joe Louis always lied about his age. He lied about his age all the time. One time, Frank Sinatra came in here, and sat in this chair. I say, "Frank, you hang out with Joe Louis. Just between me and you, how old is Joe Louis?" Know what Frank told me? He said "Hey, Joe Louis is a hundred thirty-seven years old." A hundred and thirty-seven years old."
  • (Sweets) "Oh, man, you ain't never meet no Frank Sinatra."
  • (Clarence) "f*** YOU. f*** YOU. AND f*** YOU. Who's next?"
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "Pound for pound, Sugar Ray Robinson's the greatest fighter that ever lived."
  • (Clarence) "Aw, come on, man. What about Joe Louis?"
  • (Saul) "The Brown Bomber. Now that was a great boxer."
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "You damn right."
  • (Sweets) "I suppose nobody in here ever heard of Cassius Clay?"
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "He got a point. Cassius Clay was a bad motherf***er."
  • (Clarence) "I ain't saying Clay ain't bad. I'm just saying I stopped liking Cassius Clay once he changed his name to Moh-hammad Ali. What kinda s*** is that?"
  • (Saul) "Wait a second, wait a second. A man has got the right to change his name to whatever he wants to change it to. And if a man wants to be called Muhammad Ali, Goddamit, this is a free country, you should respect his wishes, and call the man Muhammad Ali."
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "His Momma named him Clay, I'm gonna call him Clay."
  • (Clarence) "Mmm-hmm. That's right."
  • (Sweets) "I say Clay."
  • (Saul) "Get outta here."
  • (Clarence) "Ha-ha-ha. That's right. That's right. He gonna always be Clay to me. I don't give a f*** what he change his name to. He is Clay. He Clay to me. I say Clay."
  • (Saul) "Well, then, you're a putz. The three of you. Three putzes. You should change the name outside from My-T-Sharp to The Three Putzes."
  • (Sweets) "Donations. Donations."
  • (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprise their roles) "Oh. I thought it was the trash."

Allison Dean as Patrice McDowell

  • (Allison Dean) "Darryl, what happened?"
  • (Eriq La Salle) "Lisa dumped me."
  • (Allison Dean) "Oh, I know. You poor thing. The first thing we have to do is get you out of these wet clothes."

Shari Headley as Lisa McDowell

  • (Shari Headley) "Would you really have given up all of this just for me?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Of course. If you like, we can give it all up now."
  • (Shari Headley) "Nah."
  • (Shari Headley) "What about Patrice?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I am not interested in Patrice."
  • (Shari Headley) "What about Darryl?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I am not interested in Darryl either."
  • (Basketball Game Vendor) "This is the greatest day of my life."
  • (Shari Headley) "Who was that?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Oh, just a man I met in the bathroom --"

Jake Steinfeld as Cab Driver

  • (Jake Steinfeld) "This s***ty enough for ya?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Yes, this is perfect."
  • (Jake Steinfeld) "YOU DUMB f***."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Take us to Queens at once."

Madge Sinclair as Queen Aoleon

  • (Madge Sinclair) "What is he doing?"
  • (James Earl Jones) "I think he's coming down here to talk to us."

Frankie Faison as Landlord

  • (Frankie Faison) "Okay, now what the f*** do you want?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "We desire a room."
  • (Frankie Faison) "Look, you better not be wasting my time. You got money?"
  • (Frankie Faison) "Come on in, gentlemen."
  • (Frankie Faison) "Hey Stu, your rent's due, motherf***er. And don't be pulling that falling down the stairs s*** on me, you hear. Are you conscious? Shoot, every month the same damn thing."
  • (Frankie Faison) "All right, here we are. There's only one bathroom on this floor, so you're going to have to share it. We got a bit of an insect problem, but you boys from Africa are used to that. And another thing, don't use the elevator. It's a death trap. This is the place I was telling you about. It's real f***ed up. Got just one window facing a brick wall. Used to rent it to a blind man -- damn shame what they did to that dog."

Arsenio Hall as Semmi

  • (Arsenio Hall) "But where in New York can one find a woman with grace, elegance, taste and culture? A woman suitable for a king."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Queens."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Now let's see if you can defend yourself, you sweat from a baboon's balls."
  • (Rev. Brown) "But you know, when I look at these contestants. For the Miss Black Awareness Pageant, I feel good. I feel good, because I know there's a God somewhere. There's a God somewhere. Turn around ladies for me please. You know there's a God who sits on high and looks down low. Man cannot make it like this. Larry Flynt. Hugh Hefner. They can take the picture, but you can't make it. Only God above, the Hugh Hefner on high, can make it for ya."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Apparently these are the best women Queens has to offer. Pick one and let's go home."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Be patient, my friend."
  • (Rev. Brown) "Do you love Him? Do you feel joy? Say "Joy"."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Joy."
  • (Rev. Brown) "Joy. Can I get an "Ahe-men"? Don't be ashamed to call His name."
  • (Awareness Woman) "Yes, Lord."
  • (Rev. Brown) "Only God can give that woman the kind of joy she has right there. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "I am very happy to be here."
  • (Rev. Brown) "Amen. Yes, sir. Can I get an "Amen"? Ha. Ha. I don't know you what you come to do, but I come to praise the name. Lord, Lord."
  • (Telegraph Lady) "You actually want to send this?"
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Why? What is wrong? Read it to me."
  • (Telegraph Lady) "To His Majesty, King Jaffe Joffer, The Royal Palace, Zamunda. Sire, Akeem and I have depleted our funds. Kindly send 300, 000 American dollars immediately, as we are in dire straits. Your humble servant, Semmi."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Semmi"
  • (Telegraph Lady) "Semmi"
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Should I make it 400,000?"
  • (Telegraph Lady) "You think that'd be enough?"
  • (Arsenio Hall) "You are right. 500,000."
  • (Telegraph Lady) "As long as you're asking, why not go for a cool million?"
  • (Arsenio Hall) "You do not think that would be too much?"
  • (Telegraph Lady) "Naah."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "The land is so big. The choices so infinite. Where shall we go: L.A. or New York?"
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Apparently these are the best women Queens has to offer. Pick one and let's go home."
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Do you realise that I have not had sex since we got to America?"
  • (Arsenio Hall) "Let me get this straight. You can have a woman that will obey you're every command, but you want a woman who has an opinion."
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Only dogs are to obey."

Paul Bates as Oha

(We don't have any quotes for this character)

Louie Anderson as Maurice

  • (Louie Anderson) "Hey, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. But now -- now I'm washing lettuce. Soon I'll be on fries; then the grill. In a year or two, I'll make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in."
  • (Louie Anderson) "Mr. McDowell?"
  • (John Amos) "Yes?"
  • (Louie Anderson) "There's some people here to see you."
  • (John Amos) "They're not from McDonalds are they?"
  • (John Amos) "I don't think so."

John Amos as Cleo McDowell

  • (John Amos) "Look -- me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's -- I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds."
  • (John Amos) "Yeah, King Jaffe Joffer's room, please. Yeah, hello, King? Yeah, Cleo McDowell here. Yeah, King, both the kids are here -- together. Right. 2432 Derby Avenue, Jamaica Estates. Right. Now, King, I was wondering if; hello, King?"
  • (John Amos) "You know how to mop don't you?"
  • (Eddie Murphy) "Oh yes."
  • (John Amos) "Don't use the bucket. It'll just confuse you."
  • (John Amos) "And, baby, when I tell ya the boy has got his own money, I mean the boy has got his own MONEY."
  • (John Amos) "A prince. He's a prince. Oh, Lisa, you did it this time. You hit the jackpot. Your little goat herder makes Darryl look like a welfare case."
  • (John Amos) "Look, the girl doesn't like you any more. Can't you get that through your greasy head?"

Eriq La Salle as Darryl Jenks

  • (Eriq La Salle) "Wearing clothes must be a new experience for you."

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