Mar 02, 2017 | 06:30PM - 08:30PM
**At 6:15 pm, join us for a conversation with the film's Executive Producer and Assistant Director, George Folsey, Jr!**
Folsey is an American film producer, editor, assistant director and cinematographer who frequently worked with director John Landis in the 1980s. In addition to TRADING PLACES, his films include ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, COMING TO AMERICA, THREE AMIGOS, and many more!
The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit satire, Trading Places. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray figures out that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe's faithful butler (Denholm Elliott) as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook.