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Chris Rock makes an appearance as the valet at the Playboy Mansion who complains about Axel bringing in a cement truck. This is his first role on the big screen; Rock was featured in an HBO comedy special (which featured aspiring comedians e.g. Robert Townsend, Marsha Warfield) which was produced by Eddie Murphy and his childhood friend Clint Smith.
In the scene at Billy's apartment where both Axel and Billy sing the theme to The Dating Game (1965), the singing was improvised by Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold.
According to the DVD documentary, Paramount originally wanted to produce a TV series of Beverly Hills Cop after the success of the first film. However, Eddie Murphy did not want to go back to television, so a sequel was made instead.
Axel introduces himself at the gun club as "Richard James". This is a nod to Rick James, Eddie Murphy's musician friend who produced his 1986 album.
Had the biggest opening weekend of 1987.
Billy Rosewood has posters in his apartment of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Cobra (1986), both starring Sylvester Stallone. Stallone's then-wife Brigitte Nielsen appears in the film as Karla Fry and Stallone was the original choice to play the lead in the original Beverly Hills Cop (1984). In fact, when Stallone was signed to star in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), he did a polish on the script that focused more on action and took away the comedic element. He changed the main character's name from 'Axel Foley' to 'Axel Cobretti'. When he eventually dropped out of Beverly Hills Cop (1984), he used the character's name and certain elements from his polish of the script for Cobra (1986).
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.
Tony Scott and Brigitte Nielsen had an affair during filming.
Tony Scott wanted Hans Zimmer to score, but Paramount insisted on a name composer and Harold Faltermeyer returned.
Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer hired Tony Scott to direct because of the good job he did on Top Gun (1986).
Just before the final gun battle, Rosewood is seen pulling out guns from an arsenal in his trunk. This is a nod to co-producer Don Simpson. According to Judge Reinhold in the 'making of' documentary for the first film, he recalls that the first time he met Simpson, the producer showed off his collection of guns in the trunk of his car.
Bronson Pinchot was slated to reprise his role as Serge from the first film, but he was busy with his sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986).
The cement truck that Billy drives has a sticker saying DS/JB Construction Company. DS and JB stand for the film's producers, Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Producer Don Simpson was so powerful at the time that he had Paramount remove writer Larry Ferguson from his duties on his screenplay The Presidio (1988) to rewrite this film.
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When Axel, Rosewood and Taggart run the map coordinates they got from their late-night snoop at the Beverly Hills Shooting Club into the computer, it displays a map pointing the location of the City Deposit at 9752 Gregory Way. The map that appears is indeed an accurate map and there really is a 9752 Gregory Way, however in real-life there is no City Deposit or similar building. That particular area is an upper-to-high-class residential area and the real 9752 Gregory Way is a mansion.
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In the scene where Taggart and Rosewood enter Axel's "house" in Beverly Hills, Rosewood remarks to Taggart that maybe The Pointer Sisters live in the house. The Pointer Sisters performed the song "Neutron Dance" in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and they also perform "Be There" in the second.
There was a deleted scene from the Shooting Club where Axel, Rosewood, and Taggart must carefully sneak past a hallway with several lasers covering it. Axel tells Taggart to blow cigar smoke across the floor to expose the lasers and the trio have to carefully straddle the lasers and sneak across the hallway to Dent's office. According to director Tony Scott, this scene was deleted because it slowed the pacing of the movie too much and because it was "too far removed from reality" and it clashed with the overall tone of the movie. The deleted scene can be viewed in the DVD extras.
In the "Making of" featurette, director Tony Scott describes this sequel as a cross between the first movie and 48 Hrs. (1982), which also starred Eddie Murphy.
Gilbert Gottfried stated he and Eddie Murphy improvised their dialogue after Axel brings up Sidney Bernstein's parking violations.
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The only film in the trilogy that was shot on 2.35:1 aspect ratio whereas the first and third one where shot on 1.85:1.
During the scene where Axel, Rosewood, Taggart and chief Lutz are attempting to solve the Alphabet letters, you can see a neon sign in the background that says "SUPER COP". Axel refers to Rosewood and Taggart as "Super cops" in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) when he explains to Lt. Bogomil how the robbery at the club was prevented by the duo.
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Chief Lutz mistakenly refers to Detective Rosewood by the wrong name, "Roseweed". In Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Chief Hubbard also refers to Rosewood by the wrong name, "Rosemont".
The name of the villain, Maxwell Dent, is a combination of two names that were used as "house pseudonyms" by Street & Smith Publishing for its 1930s pulp fiction magazines: Maxwell Grant (aka Walter Gibson), author of "The Shadow", and Lester Dent (aka Kenneth Robeson), author of "Doc Savage".
An early draft written by Bud Shrake and Dan Jenkins involved Axel going undercover as a Beverly Hills rent-a-cop who helps Rosewood, Taggart, and Bogamil stop a corrupt security service operated by a Detroit hoodlum turned businessman. The script also called Chief Hubbard from Beverly Hills Cop (1984) to return and for Axel to have a 20 something female partner/love interest named "Lucy".
This was the first movie to be filmed at The Playboy Mansion.
Jürgen Prochnow and Dean Stockwell were both in Dune (1984). They also appeared together in Air Force One (1997), alongside Paul Guilfoyle.
In an earlier draft of the script, Karla Fry was named "Trish" and the finale was originally set to take place at Maxwell Dent's mansion.
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Only movie in the series not to feature the character Serge.
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At 1 hour 42 minutes, the shortest running-time of all the Beverly Hills Cop movies made so far.
Axel wears a Detriot Lions jacket with the number 67 on it. At the time Greg Orton wore that number for the Lions.
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Axel gives his name as "Richard James" in the gun club. As in Rick James. Eddie Murphy's brother Charlie Murphy would later become infamous on Chappelle's Show (2003) for his story in which the infamous line "I'm Rick James, bitch!" was uttered.
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One of the plot ideas for this film during its early inception involved Axel Foley teaming up with detectives to solve a case overseas in Scotland Yard.
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Pay attention to Axel as he is leaving his apartment during the opening credits. As he closes the door, you can see the initials "AF" scratched into the door. They're (obviously) the initials for "Axel Foley".
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When Axel Foley meets with Vinnie for the exchange of 2000 credit cards towards the beginning of the movie, he tells him that he used to be a Muslim. At the end of their conversation, to prove that he was, he says "Allahu Akbar" which means "God is the Greatest" in Arabic.
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When Bogamill calls Axel, Axel answers as George "Kingfish" Stevens. "Kingfish" is a character from the "Amos & Andy" comedies.
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When Axel asks Billy for Syndey Bernstein's licence plate, Billy replies "C-R-L-5-0-7", a real police officer works have responded " Charlie Romeo Lima Five Zero Seven". Officers are trained to apparatus use the phonetic alphabet.
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at 59:25 Foley, Taggert, and Billy Rosewood break into the Beverly Hills Gun Club and Axel Foley finds a note with the coordinates "LAT 118 degrees 21 mins 510 west LONG 34 degrees 3 minutes 9-10 (presumably a date of Sept 10) 10:30. The meaning of the 510 is unclear and the words LAT and LONG are reversed (longitudinal lines are east and west and the lines run north/south through the earth's poles, and LAT lines are north and south; the run parallel to the earth's equator). These coordinates according to Google Maps are at 1313 North Meadowbrook Avenue in Los Angeles.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The Alphabet crimes are:
  • A: Adriano's (jewellery store)
  • B: Bogomil (Taggart and Rosewood's commanding officer)
  • C and D: City Deposit
  • E: Empyrian Fields (race track)
The central plot lines in all of the Beverly Hills Cop movies revolve around Axel Foley visiting Beverly Hills in order to investigate a shooting of a person that Axel is close to. In this movie's case, the plot line involves Axel investigating the shooting of his friend Captain Bogomil. Unlike Mikey Tandino in the original and Inspector Todd in the 3rd movie, Bogomil survives being shot, and in fact is promoted to Chief of the Beverly Hills PD near the end of this film.
The villains' plan is basically similar to the plot of the 1936 novel "The A.B.C. Murders" by Agatha Christie.
The only Beverly Hills Cop movie in which Axel Foley IS NOT injured by gunshot(s) by the end of the movie.

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