Cast and Crew: John Landis (Director); Elmer Bernstein (Score); Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis, Giancarlo Esposito, James Eckhouse, Paul Gleason, Frank Oz, Bo Diddley, James Belushi, Al Franken, Tom Davis
What It’s About: Wall Street titans Duke (Ralph Bellamy) and Duke (Don Ameche) decide to settle their nature vs. nurture debate with a bet. They will fire, disgrace, and evict their privileged up-and-coming employee Louis Winthrop III (Dan Aykroyd), while taking pan-handling hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and putting him in Winthrop’s job and home. Will Winthrop turn to crime and can Valentine become a successful trader-and will either take the Dukes’ meddling in their lives lying down?
Why Watch it Today?: The film’s climax occurs on New Year’s Eve, on a train holding a costume party.
Other Choices: 200 Cigarettes