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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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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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Action | Comedy | Crime

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5 December 1984 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$234,760,500 (USA)
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Trivia

The city hall building in the film is the real-life Beverly Hills City Hall. At the time, the exterior was very run-down and the plants were dying. The film crew cleaned it up and put in new plants so it would look better on film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the cigarette deal, all but one of the cigarette cartons are empty, as evidenced by how quickly they are jostled about, and when Foley moves one of the boxes off him. See more »

Quotes

[Victor is holding Jenny as a cover]
Jenny Summers: Axel!
[Axel Foley turns, aims at Victor, who is still holding Jenny]
Victor Maitland: Careful, old boy. You might hit me.
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Stir It Up
Written by Allee Willis & Danny Sembello
Performed by Patti LaBelle
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The best cop movie ever made!
1 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

In the past thirty years, there have been more movies made in the cop genre than any other genre. Out of all of the cop movies made, BEVERLY HILLS COP still stands out as the best very best one. Twenty years after it was released into theaters in December of 1984, the movie remains to be one of the most popular and highest grossing action comedies of all time, making $234 million in the U.S. and $316 million worldwide.

When his friend Mikey Tandino is murdered, Detroit police officer Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) travels to Beverly Hills to investigate and find Mikey's killer. Lots of gunfire, laughs, and memorable quotes ensue. Highlights include Bronson Pinchot's cameo, the banana scene, and Eddie Murphy's "supercop" speech. ****


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