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Why did they need the money in Trading Places?

So I know what was happening at the end of Trading Places (promising to sell OJ at 142 and then buying at 29 when the price drops) However, if you can just buy stuff, or make promises to buy, without ...
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Was there a real life inspiration behind the Duke brothers in Trading Places?

The Duke brothers in Trading Places remind me of the Koch brothers, and based on a quick google search I'm definitely not alone. Is there any evidence that the characters in the film were at least ...
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Trading places: How long was Valentine working for the Dukes?

The flip side of this is "How long was Winthorpe homeless and destitute?" From looking at the movie it looks like a couple of days,but that's hardly enough time for Billy Ray to build a reputation ...
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Is this an homage to Trading Places?

In episode 6 of Unbreakable Kimmy there is a scene where the rich daughter's friends are sat around a fountain (at about 18:30 into the episode) and a girl says 'and she stepped on the ball' ...
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What is Billy Ray Valentine doing on the trading room floor?

Near the end of Trading Places, Winthorpe and Valentine concoct a plan to get back at the Dukes while making themselves rich. I understand they used insider trading; but what exactly is Billy Ray ...