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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Murphy's best role - a unique fish-out-of-water comedy! See more (162 total) »

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)

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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
During the opening montage, a man can be seen waving his arms around for a small group. As stated in the filmmaker commentary, the man is actually miming out the bus spin from the truck chase seen soon afterwords that he happened to see filmed.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mikey is killed outside Foley's apartment, there is no flame emitting from the gun the assassin fires to kill him. It's not terribly bright in the hallway, and therefore we should see a flame when the assassin pulls the trigger.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Moesha: Credit Card (#2.2)" (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rock 'N' Roll Me AgainSee more »

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36 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Murphy's best role - a unique fish-out-of-water comedy!, 12 November 2004
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is in Beverly Hills for a few days to investigate the murder of an old acquaintance. Axel assumes the suspect is a local tycoon, but no one seems to believe him – including the police force, being semi-run by Ronny Cox (in one of his rare good-guy roles).

Axel comes into trouble with the law his first day on the job after getting thrown through a glass window by some thugs. He is arrested, and when released finds himself hounded by a pair of inept police officers around the town for a few days. After outsmarting them (in one of cinema's most delightful moments – ever) Axel gets hooked up with an old friend and manages to roam the streets looking for clues – which, of course, he finds very easily.

Before this film Eddie Murphy had starred in one film that had launched his name into Hollywood: "48 HRS." But by all reasonable comparisons this is a much, much better film, and it's also much, much funnier, too. What's most refreshing is that it doesn't fall back upon the stereotypes of African-Americans inherent in so many mainstream motion pictures – the role of Axel Foley was originally written for Sylvester Stallone (who was actually attached to star early on in pre-production before dropping out of the project) and it's quite clear that Foley was intended as a white character. Although massive rewrites were employed only two weeks before shooting, script flaws can still be spotted – the heroine of the story is a white businesswoman, for example, and we expect some sort of sexual tension between them but there is none. We begin to question the very presence of the female lead because in essence it leads nowhere. We can imagine how it might have developed into a love story, but Murphy works against the flow, awkwardly treating her as nothing more than a friend.

These sorts of things sometimes bring out the occasional odd touches in the film – ironically they unintentionally set the film apart from other such movies of the genre because it's not typical in any sense. Sure, it has the routine shoot-outs but there is no romance subplot, no pointless racial comparisons (more of which would be seen in the two sequels), etc. The movie greatly benefits from this because it seems so fresh, and far more believable – after all, rarely are romances developed in two days. The action genre always seems to end with the hero sending off the crooks to jail, and finally getting a long-awaited kiss from the leading lady. "Beverly Hills Cop," to its credit, manages to avoid this and the result is a far more enjoyable film, even if most of its sequences are far from being 100% realistic.

The film's director, Martin Brest, has a clear handle on the buddy genre and would go on to direct the immensely successful Robert De Niro / Charles Grodin road-buddies-comedy "Midnight Run," one of the most popular (and best) of the genre. Beverly Hills Cop works just as well – it's funny when it needs to be, thrilling when it wants to be, and features a stellar lead performance by Murphy in his most unusual role.

Murphy is the driving force behind the film, presenting us with a truly likable character – the most likable character he's ever played, as a matter of fact. Axel is unorthodox but a generally good guy – Murphy is sometimes typecast into playing roles similar to that of which he played in "48 HRS." (being the loud, obnoxious racist who's got it all together), but here he plays someone we actually want to root for. At one point in the film he manages to get a couple of police officers in trouble with their superior – but he takes all the blame, and actually fabricates a lie wherein they were heroes doing their job, despite the fact that they were all actually hanging out at a strip club. Axel is tough, cool, quick-witted, nice, sarcastic, and likable – one of cinema's most enduring characters, and proof that African-American cinema heroes don't always have to be loudmouths in order to succeed as characters (pay attention, Chris Rock and Chris Tucker).

The now-famous soundtrack (including 'Axel F' by Harold Faltermeyer) is a great blend of techno-pop and electronic rock – the movie's theme is bouncy, rambunctious and fun: a good parallel to Axel himself.

Overall "Beverly Hills Cop" exceeds exceptionally well, even if a great deal of the film's success itself derives from pure accident and chance. I don't think anyone can say that those involved in the production knew exactly what they were doing at the time (DVD supplements include anecdotes about hectic filming and the project almost falling through at one point) -- but as luck would have it everything turned out fine. "Beverly Hills Cop" is an immensely enjoyable film, and one of the best examples of the cop-comedy genre executed properly.

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