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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)

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$234,760,500 (USA)
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Trivia

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Goofs

During the opening chase, Axel is a few inches taller, with different hair and more muscular arms. He's clearly a stunt double. See more »

Quotes

Axel Foley: Before I go, I just want you two to know something, alright? The supercop story... was working. Okay? It was working, and you guys just messed it up. Okay? I'm trying to figure you guys out, but I haven't yet. But it's cool. You fuck up a perfectly good lie.
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

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Is this the gentleman who ruined the buffet at the Harrow club this morning?
29 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cocky rule dodging Detroit Cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) heads to Beverly Hills in search of those responsible for murdering his friend. Upon getting there he falls foul of everyone he meets with his tough Detroit approach work. Undaunted, Foley, aided by old friend, Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) and two intrigued local detectives, starts to unravel the mystery.

There was a time when Eddie Murphy ruled the world. After Trading Places had introduced us to his sharp comedic tongue, and 48 Hours had shown him to be a more than capable action character actor, Beverly Hills Cop fused the two and propelled Murphy to super-stardom. Directed by Martin Brest and produced by Messers Simpson & Bruckheimer, it's really no surprise that "Hills Cop" is shallow, simple (fish out of water comedy standard) and utterly commercial. Yet with its gusto, humorous script (Daniel Petrie Jr) and neat plotting, it becomes a hugely entertaining film. One led superbly by Murphy with his comedy fuelled energy and knack for timing.

Hard to believe that the likes of Sly Stallone and Al Pacino were first mooted for the role, not as a comedy one imagines, but as it being a standard police action movie. But enter Murphy and it ended up a fine blend of action and comedy. There's little digs at Beverly Hills and its smugness, a way of life that Foley, with his down on the streets toughness, can't comprehend. While opposing police methods also get a wry once over; wonderfully threaded by the relationship between Foley, Taggart (John Ashton) and Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). Steven Berkoff's by the numbers villain is something of a let down and Ronny Cox is sadly playing filler time with an underwritten character. But this is about Murphy, the fabulous stunt work and the successful union of action and comedy. And hey! Even Harold Faltermeyer's bobbing synth score, "Axel F," has a nippiness that remains quintessentially 1980s. 8/10


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