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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

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Goofs

The tractor trailer slams into the fruit truck, which slides into a parked green Chevy Impala. Before the collision, the Chevy appears to have camera equipment under its front and rear bumpers, concealed by either black cloth or tarp. The rear camera's location becomes obvious in a slow-motion shot of the fruit truck sliding. See more »

Quotes

Axel Foley: This is the cleanest and nicest police car I've ever been in in my life. This thing's nicer than my apartment.
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Stir It Up
Written by Allee Willis & Danny Sembello
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Produced by Keith Forsey & Harold Faltermeyer
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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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