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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  5 December 1984 (USA)
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A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.



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In Detroit a cop learns to take the heat. In L.A. he learns to keep his cool. [Theatrical Australia] See more »


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5 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beverly Drive  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)


$234,760,500 (USA)

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Ultra-Slick and Ultra-Cool.
16 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eddie Murphy became a true bankable superstar with "Beverly Hills Cop". The film is an unconventional detective story that has Murphy, a Detroit police officer, go to Beverly Hills after his close friend is killed. Murphy wants to find out who killed his friend and why. What he discovers is one of the largest illegal drug fronts around in an art museum. Now it is up to Murphy to bring down the bad guys and save the day. "Beverly Hills Cop" is a film that showed the greatness of the 1980s. A pop-culture, box office hit that was funny and full of action and sported a smashing soundtrack. A nice film that is one of the most memorable money-makers of the decade that was the 80s. 4 stars out of 5.

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