The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  11 October 1991 (USA)
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A group of embittered ex-cops use a chemical spill to raid the banks and homes of Beverly Hills.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boomer Hayes
Ed Kelvin
Laura Sage
Robert Masterson
Varney (as Lee Ving James)
Chief Healy
L.A. Cop at Roadblock
Mitchell Sage
Cop / Thief #1 (as Michael Kehoe)
Mark Haining ...
Cop / Thief #2
Cop / Thief #3
Tony Ganios ...
Raymond Singer ...
Mr. Tobeason


A chemical spill has caused the occupants of Beverly Hills to be forcibly evacuated. A retiring football player left behind, finds that the toxic gas emulating from the spill is a bogus front for a heist set up by fired police officers out to plunder the city of all its valuables. Finding himself siding with a corrupt cop who was once apart of the plan until he discovered the city's mayor had just been blown away, by one of the chief crooks in charge. Now both on the run with no help in sight...both must do whatever they can to stop these murderous looters. Written by ????

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The richest city in the world. Shut down. Ripped off. Blown up. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boomer: The Taking of Beverly Hills  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$939,277 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the course of the film, a tank is seen to crash through walls. There are a total of thirty seven damaged walls. The actor Ken Wahl who portrayed Boomer, was thirty seven years old at the time of this films release. His surname is also phonetically similar to the word wall. See more »


Ed Kelvin: [Conluding his opening monologue on Beverly Hills] ... Of course if you're a beverly hills cop like me you just can't afford to live here... makes you think doesn't it?
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the credits scrolls over a scene, showing Boomer coaching kids football. Ed drives up in flashy Sports car wearing expensive casual clothes and sporting shades. Boomer is seen talking to the kids who suddenly rush and chase Ed through the park. See more »


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16 March 2003 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

there's not much more to say about this movie that hasn't been said by the other reviewers. I will however add some ideas. This movie came out in the early post-Die Hard era, and it is basically the same formula, but different scene, society, and stars. But that last word is the problem. In every action movie I've seen, they've had at least an identifiable star: Bruce Willis of course, Arnie, Sly, etc etc; it seems an action film can only work if the movie has a big star we can identify with.

Here is the spectacular failure of the Taking of Beverley Hills. Who is Ken Wahl? Sorry I have no idea who he is, and it is because of this that I believe the movie falls down -- at least in a repeat viewing a decade after the movie was made. The character Wahl plays -- Boomer -- is a cocky, superstar quarter-back; a millionaire and a babe magnet. This is what we are supposed to believe. But we can't, and why not? Because we the audience realise that Ken Wahl is a no-name, and his strutting around like God's gift is more unrealistic than the rest of the film -- and yes I'm including that bizarre masterplan of taking control of the city. In short you need a HUGE star to play a guy with a massive ego, like Boomer. Wahl can't do it, and the fact that he is a no-name today, makes the whole thing very comical. It was like they got some guy that lives down the street from me, groomed his eyelashes and his hair, put him in front of a camera and told him to act really suave. Doesn't work!

Perhaps we can forgive the producers of the movie for the Ken Wahl mistake. They thought that this movie would launch him into eternal super-stardom......... actually that idea is funnier than the movie itself. hehe!

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