Coming to America

Continuity mistake: Darryl visits Patrice and she places her arm on his shoulder to comfort him. The arm swaps from straight to bent between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Akeem's cab pulls over in front of the barber shop. When Akeem steps down, the car is several meters to the right, close to a fence.

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Continuity mistake: When Darryl arrives at McDowell's the first time his driver's window is closed while he drives along the street and pulls in, but in the next shot the window is all the way down. There wasn't enough time between shots to lower the window completely. (00:47:55)

Continuity mistake: When Oha visits the restaurant he leaves a bill on the counter which the father picks up. In the next shot the bill is still there.

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Continuity mistake: When Akeem is woken up, from the angle above all of his head is resting on the pillow. In the close-up, just half of his head is, the rest is very close to the wall.

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Continuity mistake: When Lisa's on the couch, before her Cartier earrings are brought, the dog is sitting either between two cushions or one cushion only, depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Semmi and Akeem are cleaning the soap from the window of McDowells the amount of soap on the window constantly changes from less to more and back to less again. (Look at the very top of the window pane).

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Prince Akeem: So, you would share your bed, and your fortune, with a beautiful fool?
Semmi: That is the way it has always been with men of power. It is tradition.

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Trivia: The two bums who get the bag of money from Akeem are actually the rich men who were made bankrupt in the movie "Trading Places" (1983), starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

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Question: How did both Akeem and Semmi get a job at McDowell's without Akeem's parents noticing? Also, wouldn't Mr. McDowell have noticed in doing Akeem's pre-employment background checks who Akeem really was vs finding out when the parents arrived? (00:44:08 - 01:29:34)

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Answer: How would Akeem's parents know what they were up to? They think he's taking an American vacation, and in the pre social media days, it was hard to keep track of people. As for McDowell, what sort of background check did you expect him to do on a fast food employee in the 80s? McDowell seems like a guy who would cut corners anyway.

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