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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay)
Danilo Bach (story) ...
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Release Date:
5 December 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In Detroit a cop learns to take the heat. In L.A. he learns to keep his cool. [Theatrical Australia] See more »
Plot:
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eddie Murphy ... Axel Foley

Judge Reinhold ... Det. Billy Rosewood

John Ashton ... Sgt. Taggart

Lisa Eilbacher ... Jenny Summers

Ronny Cox ... Lt. Bogomil

Steven Berkoff ... Victor Maitland

James Russo ... Mikey Tandino

Jonathan Banks ... Zack
Stephen Elliott ... Chief Hubbard

Gilbert R. Hill ... Inspector Todd
Art Kimbro ... Det. Foster

Joel Bailey ... Det. McCabe

Bronson Pinchot ... Serge

Paul Reiser ... Jeffrey

Michael Champion ... Casey

Frank Pesce ... Cigarette Buyer
Gene Borkan ... Truck Driver

Michael Gregory ... Hotel Manager
Alice Cadogan ... Hotel Clerk
Philip Levien ... Donny
Karen Mayo-Chandler ... Maitland Receptionist

Gerald Berns ... Beverly Hills Cop #1
William Wallace ... Beverly Hills Cop #2
Israel Juarbe ... Room Service Waiter

Randy Vasquez ... Bell Hop (as Randy Gallion)

Damon Wayans ... Banana Man
Chuck Adamson ... Crate Opener #1
Chip Heller ... Crate Opener #2

Rick Overton ... Bonded Warehouse Night Supervisor
Rex Ryon ... Bonded Warehouse Security Guard

Mike Pniewski ... Bonded Warehouse Clerk #1 (as Michael Pniewski)
Douglas Warhit ... Bonded Warehouse Clerk #2
Paul Drake ... Holdup Man #1

Tom Everett ... Holdup Man #2
Sally Kishbaugh ... Waitress
Barry Shade ... Valet
Jack Heller ... Harrow Club Maitre D'
Michael Harrington ... Harrow Club Arresting Officer

David Wells ... Dispatcher
Scott Murphy ... Det. Owensby

Dennis Madden ... 1st Detroit Cop
John Achorn ... 2nd Detroit Cop
John Pettis ... 3rd Detroit Cop
Nicholas Shields ... Detroit Station Cop #1 (as Nick Shields)

Carl Weintraub ... Detroit Station Cop #2
Anthony De Fonte ... Detroit Station Cop #3

Darwyn Carson ... Barmaid

Mark E. Corry ... Pool Player
Thomas J. Hageboeck ... Maitland Body Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Brest ... Beverly Palms Hotel Checkout Clerk (uncredited)
Earl Jolly Brown ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Martin Brest 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay)

Danilo Bach (story) and
Daniel Petrie Jr. (story)

Produced by
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Linda Horner .... associate producer
Mike Moder .... executive producer
Don Simpson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harold Faltermeyer 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Coburn 
Billy Weber 
 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
Rhonda Young 
 
Production Design by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
 
Art Direction by
James J. Murakami 
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
Jeff Haley 
 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
 
Makeup Department
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mike Moder .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bogart .... first assistant director
Richard Graves .... second assistant director
Steve McRoberts .... first assistant director: second unit
Dannielle J. Weiss .... dga trainee
Thomas J. Wright .... second unit director (as Tom Wright)
 
Art Department
Mike Blaze .... assistant props
John Hutchinson .... stand-by painter
Robert Müller .... construction coordinator (as Robert Mueller)
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master (as Tom Tomlinson)
Charles William Breen .... set designer (uncredited)
David Goldstein .... lead painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Pamela Bentkowski .... foley editor
Alan Bromberg .... foley editor
Carolyn Colwell .... assistant sound editor
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor (as Teri Dorman)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist
Daniel F. Finnerty .... assistant sound editor (as Daniel Finnerty Jr.)
William Gocke .... boom operator
Cecelia Hall .... supervising sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor
Bruce Richardson .... sound editor (as Paul Bruce Richardson)
Gary Ritchie .... sound recordist
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ken Pepiot .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Grumette .... computer effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Christopher R. Adams .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts (as Janet S. Brady)
David Burton .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davidson)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (as Vincent P. Deadrick Sr.)
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Ron Ellis .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Tony Epper .... stunts
Jay Fuller .... stunts (as Jay R. Fuller)
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Bill Hooker)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunts
Harold Jones .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunt coordinator
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Karen McLarty .... stunts (as Karen Werner)
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts (as John C. Meier)
Mike Moore .... stunts (as Michael W. Moore)
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
John Sistrunk .... stunts (as J.E. Sistrunk)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter J. Breen .... dolly grip
Al Contreras .... second grip
John Davis .... best boy
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Michael Liakos .... second grip
Danny Marzolo .... electrician
Frank McKane .... best boy
Jeff Miller .... assistant camera (as Jeffrey Lee Miller)
Don Nygren .... gaffer (as Donald O. Nygren)
Richard R. Robinson .... still photographer
Jim Rose .... dolly grip
Francis X. Valdez III .... electrician
Peter Wagner .... key grip
Michael D. Weldon .... assistant camera
Rick Bota .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Maggie Mills .... casting assistant
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathie Gale .... costumer
Michael J. Long .... costumer
Chuck Velasco .... costumer
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Claudia Finkle .... assistant editor
John Haggar .... assistant editor (as John A. Haggar)
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Markus Schaub .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Kathy Nelson .... music consultant: MCA Records
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Sam Edelman .... transportation captain
Jay Fuller .... transportation coordinator (as Jay R. Fuller)
 
Other crew
Chuck Adamson .... technical advisor
Laurie Allison .... assistant: Mr. Brest
William Bowling .... location manager
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Janis Benjamin Collister .... assistant: Mr. Moder
Robert C. Decker .... location manager
Simon Doonan .... art gallery consultant
Faith Ginsberg .... assistant: Mr. Brest
Betty Goldberg .... script supervisor
James Herbert .... location manager
Barbara Lichtenberg .... office assistant
Scott Metcalfe .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Carol Richmond .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
David Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Brest
Robert Thorson .... production auditor
Barbara Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Alice Gannon .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
105 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:18A | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-14 (re-rating) | Finland:K-16 (1985) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (1985) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #27539) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Police Chief Hubbard (Stephen Elliott) walks into his first scene carrying some rolled-up sheets of paper. It is actually one of many reworked scripts, which was given to him to memorize and rehearse only minutes before the shooting of the scene started.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the first car chase Rosewood makes a sharp turn at an intersection causing his flashing red light to fall off the roof, in the next shot its back on the roof again. This exact same shot is also used in the second car chase as they race to Maitlands house.See more »
Quotes:
Axel Foley:If something happens to her...
Victor Maitland:Hmmm...? I'm all ears.
Axel Foley:I'll kill you.
Victor Maitland:Really? That would be a neat trick.
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Funniest combination of bananas and tail pipes in cinematic history...!, 11 November 2004
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

Beverly Hills Cop is by far Eddie Murphy's most popular role, and the movie that officially launched his career as a genuine movie star. It was one of those movies that my dad would let my brother and I watch on weekends, after my mom made him promise not to show us any rated R movies, and over the years it's easy to forget the level of violence and profanity in it that earned it that forbidding rating. Of course, as a kid I was just excited that I was getting to see something that I shouldn't, but in retrospect I tend to think that it was this combination of clever comedy and the ingredients from harder action thrillers that ensured Beverly Hills Cop's status as a cop comedy classic.

You see, Foley has a bit of a criminal past of his own, but he is clearly much more at home on the right side of the law, and he uses his experiences in crime to his advantage in working his way into the criminal underworld, where he routinely attempts to bring down major crime ring kingpins. One day an old friend comes to visit him after having been released from prison and spending some time relaxing in the California sun. The two have a great time at the bar recounting their old criminal days together, until we learn that this guy, who once took the fall for one of Axel's crimes and served prison time for him without ever mentioning his name, now has stolen bearer bonds with him worth millions. Before long the owner of the bonds shows up and is not in a reminiscent mood. Axel is knocked out as they're staggering back to his apartment for the night, and he wakes up to find his friend murdered.

The movie follows one of the biggest 1980s action movie clichés to the letter. Every single line is here, 'take some time off,' 'stay away from this case,' 'if you go after this guy don't bother calling in on Monday,' etc. My eyes tend to glaze over whenever I hear this situation in a movie, probably because I work so much and in such situations can only think of how great it would be if my bosses told me to take some time off, go on vacation, don't let them catch me working or they'll fire me. But Foley's trip to Beverly Hills to perform his own investigation yields results so promising that it keeps the movie moving along at a pretty fast pace. Of course we realize the real life odds of a police officer traveling to the other side of the country and immediately stumbling across the major crime organization that he's looking for, but Murphy's quick-talking wit and street-wise charm makes it pretty easy to root for him.

The movie has the perfect premise to combine with Murphy's personality – he's an urban cop from Detroit named Axel Foley who is always driving his boss insane because he doesn't wait for piddly things like authorization when he wants to do major undercover work. The movie opens with one of these undercover and under the radar missions, which culminates in the police being called and then a major car chase through city and residential streets that must have caused millions of dollars in damage. Of course, when the cops have Axel at gunpoint, he gives them a grin and they shake their heads and lower their guns. Aw shucks, it's that crazy Foley again!

Judge Reinhold and John Ashton play Detectives Rosewood and Taggart, two of Beverly Hillss finest who are assigned to keep an eye on Foley and make sure he doesn't start doing police work while a dozen states or so outside his jurisdiction, from which he's suspended anyway. So Foley moves around among the Ferraris and BMWs and Mercedeses of Beverly Hills in his ancient, beat up Chevy Nova, cheerfully laughing at Taggart's and Rosewood's bumbling efforts to tail him and doing his investigation right under their noses.

In the standard buddy cop movie sitcom, you have two wildly different people thrown together in a police partnership situation and forced to work together. This was a staple of the 1980s and has remained popular to this day, with classic movies like Lethal Weapon, Tango & Cash, 48 hours (one of Murphy's own earlier comedies), Red Heat, Rush Hour (could two cops ever be more different than Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan?), and possibly my favorite, Hot Fuzz. And of course I shouldn't forget Bad Boys, which may very well have so much in common with Beverly Hills Cop as to warrant suspicion of plagiarism. I'll let it go though. I'm sure Eddie Murphy doesn't mind. Anyway, Beverly Hills Cop does follow all of the basic rules of your standard buddy cop movie, but somehow manages to avoid feeling like a formula film.

The combination of Axel's determination to avenge his friend's murder is juxtaposed with hilarious situations involving Taggart and Rosewood trying in vain to keep an eye on him, as well as various police organizations tearing their hair out trying to keep him under control. Picture the police chief in Last Action Hero, a bad movie for which I maintain a certain affection, and make him intelligible and add a lot of profanity and you'll get some idea of what's going on here. I don't know that Beverly Hills Cop can quite be called a comedy classic, but it is definitely an action comedy classic.

Also keep your eye out for the hilarious cameo from Bronson Pinchot, who you may remember as Balki from Perfect Strangers! Eleventh best TV show ever!

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