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Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

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A series of strange robberies brings Axel Foley back to Beverly Hills to help his two fellow cops solve the case. All the familiar faces of the first film are back... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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20 May 1987 (USA)  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$153,665,036 (USA)
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The license plate 2GAT123 also appears in L.A. Story (1991), Go (1999), Pay It Forward (2000), Traffic (2000), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), Mulholland Dr. (2001), S.W.A.T. (2003) and Two and a Half Men (2003). It is the California standard fictional license plate, analogous to a "555" telephone number. See more »

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When Axel jumps up and grabs on to the cement truck that Rosewood has commandeered, his pistol can be seen falling out of the back of his jeans. He later uses this same weapon. See more »

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Axel Foley: You just hit a squad car!
Billy Rosewood: I know, I know. It's okay, I know the guy. He's a jerk.
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Produced by James Wirrick
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Eddie Murphy, back when he was funny
12 February 2015 | by (Manchester, UK) – See all my reviews

Version I saw: UK DVD release

Actors: 6/10

Plot/script: 6/10

Photography/visual style: 6/10

Music/score: 6/10

Overall: 6/10

It's easy to forget these days, but there was a time when Eddie Murphy was widely acknowledged as one of the funniest men alive. Beverly Hills Cop II is around the zenith of his power, and also that of director Tony Scott.

Scott was just coming off Top Gun which, like it or not, is one of the most commercially successful films of all time, and thus incredibly influential. With these films, he practically set the template for 80s Hollywood: big, brash action scenes interspersed with big, brash... everything else.

It suits Eddie Murphy perfectly, given that his stage persona is all about being the coolest, biggest personality in the room. Although it presents as a 'fish out of water' story, BHC2 is actually more like the tale of a virus entering a new population that has no immunity to it. Nobody can defend against the motor mouth of Axel, Murphy's character. I sometimes wished someone did in fact, just once, so that he could get out of the situation some other way, but he talked his way out of or into everything perfectly, without fail.

It's an enjoyable romp, with a central trio whose friendship I believed in. Scott's fingerprint is visible in the thrilling car chase sequences and (literally) explosive shoot-outs. There's not much depth to it, but you can get that elsewhere, like in the work of Tony Scott's older brother Ridley. Tony (now sadly deceased) did stylish action thrillers, and he did them damn well.


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