I don't think the king ever sent the money. When Semmi asks "What are you doing here [New York]?" the king says he came because Semmi's telegram said they were in trouble. So he made a surprise visit instead of sending the money.
Whether he sent the money or not, a million would not fit in a small lunch bag. I've held $5,000 bundles before, and at most there are 3 or 4 such bundles in there ($5,000 x 4 = $20,000, max). So possibly my $4,000 estimate was a bit low. But $20,000 isn't enough to turn homeless bums back into instant millionaires.
And I thought (could be wrong) the money Akeem confiscated and put in the bag was Semmi's original spending money (a few thousand, perhaps). Semmi then sent the telegram asking for a million, while Akeem was already on his walk and gave the thousands to the homeless guys.
the point is , if Semi was going to ask the King for 200 K, than half a mill, and then a full million...the implication is that he and Akeem went on their trip with at least the original 200 k that he was going to ask to have wired.
the louis vuitton luggage they travel with was worth tens of thousands of dollars
Remember, Semi flashes a KNOT of money to the landlord of the boarding house/apartment building they are staying in to get him to let them inside the building.....he pays for the apartment and then he gets all the high end furniture inside the place..his pocket change could be tens of thousands of dollars.
And the Duke brothers..with 10 to 70 thousand dollars seed money....would go right back to trading
Also, Semmi redid the apartment with money that WAS sent and Akeem took the rest of his money so he "couldn't cause anymore trouble." They switched apartments with the landlord so Lisa wouldn't see them living high. Lisa's sister (when she visited) and the landlord (when they called him up to change apartments) both questioned how they got the stuff. Clarice asked what they were involved in since she knew they couldn't afford it on their salaries and the landlord asked if the stuff was hot.
No, I wasn't happy. Mainly because it undermined the ending of Trading Places.
One of the few who didn't like the two bums being the Duke Brothers themselves. I always liked the idea of Ameche and Bellamy having cameos playing the polar opposite of the Duke Brothers and the actual Duke Brothers which itself makes zero sense.