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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

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Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. Written by Todd Baldridge

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$234,760,500 (USA)
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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Martin Brest): the clerk who checks Axel out of the hotel at the end of the movie. See more »

Goofs

At Maitland's house, after Taggart collapses on the grass after being shot at for the first time, holes in the grass indicating where the bullets will "hit" are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Police Chief Hubbard: Is this man?
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: Is this the gentleman who crashed through Victor Maitland's window? Who disabled an unmarked unit with a banana?
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: Who lured Taggart and Rosemont into a gross dereliction of duty at a striptease establishment?
Detective Rosewood: Ah, it's RoseWOOD, sir!
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: Is this the gentleman who ruined the buffet at the Harrow Club this morning?
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: I just bet you are the pride of your department in Detroit. Lieutenant, I'd like to see you in your office.
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Crazy Credits

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One of my all-time favorites: witty, warm, and very funny!
20 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Martin Brest has only made five feature films (Going in style, BHC, Midnight run, Scent of a woman, and Meet Joe Black), films strikingly different from one another, but that all share certain traits. They are finely crafted, energetic, and extraordinarily human. The warmth and friendship shine through, even through the gun- and fist-play which are obligatory in a cops-and-robbers movie. This is one of the first and best prototypes of the buddy movie.

Brest's casting is superb, and he elicits performances which are often the best of even young actors' careers. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Ronnie Cox are outstanding, and the ensemble clicks like a well-oiled infield. To me, this movie is still far and away Eddie Murphy's best performance. He is remarkably talented, a comic genius. As an actor, his expressions are sometimes outlandish, but always completely in character, and appropriate to the dramatic situation. Villain Victor Maitland (played by Steven Berkoff, the husband of Alberta Watson, Madeline in La Femme Nikita) is chillingly underplayed; the cold-blooded evil shines through the civilized facade.

BHC is one of the few movies which I can watch with my loved ones again and again and never tire. Even as a comedy, it has a solidness and integrity which make it extremely durable. I look forward eagerly to Martin Brest's next film. Meanwhile, I always have Beverly Hills Cop.


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