Black SplatTrading Places (1983)

"Do you really believe I would have a “nigger” run our family business, Randolph?"

Trading Places - Randolph and Mortimer Duke speak ill of Billy Ray Valentine

Description: Don Ameche as Mortimer Duke, a wealthy businessman responds to his brother, Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy) in the motion picture Trading Places (1983).

In the film, Randolph and Mortimer make a bet for $1.00 that they could take a failure off the street and turn him into a successful executive while simultaneously turn an honest, hard-working man into a failure (sort of a Pygmalion of Wall Street).

The brothers select a street hustler named Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to train as an executive and proceed to destroy the life of socialite Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd).

Trading Places - The Duke Brothers with Billy Ray Valentine

After Billy Ray proves himself capable, he overhears the Duke Brothers call him a “nigger” and say they would never hire him as the firm’s managing director.

Randolph: Pay up, Mortimer. I've won the bet.
Mortimer: Here, one dollar.
Randolph: We took a perfectly useless psychopath like Valentine, and turned him into a successful executive. And during the same time, we turned an honest, hard-working man into a violently, deranged, would-be killer!
Randolph: Now, what are we going to do about taking Winthorpe back and returning Valentine to the ghetto?
Mortimer: I don't want Winthorpe back, after what he's done.
Randolph: You mean, keep *Valentine* on as managing director?
Mortimer: Do you really believe I would have a *nigger* run our family business, Randolph?
Mortimer: Of course not. Neither would I.

Trading Places - Louis Winthrope III at the end of his rope

Betrayed, Billy Ray joins forces with the now down-trodden Louis Winthorpe III to bring the Dukes down and ruin them financially.

Armed with secret information that will enable them to corner the market on orange juice (stolen from the Dukes), Louis and Billy Ray enter the New York Commodities Exchange to do battle.

Confident of victory, Louis advises Billy Ray:

"Think big, think positive, never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That's the other guy's problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series - they don't know what pressure is. In this building, it's either kill or be killed. You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners. One minute you're up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don't go to college and they've repossessed your Bentley. Are you with me?”

Exuberant, Billy Ray shouts, “Yeah, we got to kill the motherfuckers - we got to kill 'em!” Within a few minutes, Louis and Billy Ray make a fortune in orange juice futures and bankrupt the Duke Brothers in the bargain.

Earlier in the film, Clarence Beeks (Paul Gleason), a sleazy security agent tells Billy Ray and his accomplices “Hey, back off! Or I’ll rip out your eyes and piss on your brain” Beeks works for the Duke Brothers who hired him to obtain insider trading information that will benefit their personal fortunes.

Trading Places - Clarence Beeks with gun

Beeks is thwarted and ends up dressed in a female gorilla costume and placed in a cage with a very lonely (and real) male gorilla.

Trading Places - Movie Poster

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