Eddie Murphy’s success with unsettling trading venues for Robin Williams

The general public wasn’t obsessed with the box office in June 1983, so no one realized that there was a fight between comedies lurking between John Landis’ “The Deal” and “The Survivors” by Michael Ritchie. The former is a noisy mix of former (Dan Aykroyd) and current (Murphy) “SNL” stars, while the latter presents Williams and Walter Matthau’s quirky duo clash. Landis’ film first premiered on June 6, and built on Murphy’s December 1982 success, “48 Hours”. Critics dug it, and moviegoers, who were once again at home Saturday night to watch a Not Ready for Primetime Player special, flooded theaters.

Two weeks later, “The Survivors” is DOA. It opened at number eight with an anemic $3 million and was overwhelmingly supported by every saver, surprisingly, by The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael.

Entertainment journalists may not score, but Williams does. According to Dave Itzkoff’s biography “Robin:”

“The comedy market, as Robin saw it, is a zero-sum game: one person’s rise means someone else’s down, and if Aykroyd and Murphy rise, what does that mean for them? him? Murphy, in particular, seems to transition from television to film with an ease, easily making Robin inevitable. ‘t – I keep trying different things.’ “

https://www.slashfilm.com/1047630/eddie-murphys-success-with-trading-places-was-worrying-for-robin-williams/ Eddie Murphy’s success with unsettling trading venues for Robin Williams

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