John Landis directed Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (1983), as well as Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). The two were close friends as a result, but Landis resented that Murphy did not support him while he was still embroiled in the Twilight Zone movie manslaughter case against him. Landis wanted Murphy to testify as a character witness on his behalf; or at least show up in trial as a show of support, but he refused. Murphy said the following about the conflict with Landis in a recent Playboy interview: "As it turned out, John always resented that I hadn't gone to his Twilight Zone trial. I never knew that; I though we were cool. But he'd been harboring it for a year. Every now and then, he would make little remarks, like, 'You didn't help me out; you don't realize how close I was to going to jail.' I never paid any mind." Murphy goes on to subtly indict Landis in the accident; or at least assign him some of the blame, in the interview: "I don't want to say who was guilty or who was innocent. But if you're directing a movie and two kids get their heads chopped off at twelve o'clock at night when there ain't supposed to be kids working, and you said, 'Action!' then you have some sort of responsibility. So my principles wouldn't let me go down there and sit in court. That's just the way I am."
Weather hadn't broke we would've never gotten this baby down. We've had one hell of a night. We got the storm. We got the flame out. Then that freak show.
Old Woman: Not to mention the gun. The gun was awful.
Sky Marshal: He didn't have a gun.
Old Man: He didn't have a gun?
Sky Marshal: No, no. He ...
The solid stone balustrade that the man hits after being propelled by the explosion of the Marine's grenade, visibly rocks as if made of lightweight wood or foam.
CBS edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.
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$6,614,366 26 June 1983