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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Boomer Hayes, football's hottest quarterback, is in for the night of his life. Because tonight, Beverly Hills is up for grabs and it's up to Boomer to stop the biggest heist in history. 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?


Harley Jane Kozak was chosen for her role after being passed over for a role on Wiseguy. One of the producers worked on both productions, and really liked her. The only caveat was that she impress Ken Wahl, which she did. See more »


Boomer Hayes: Good thing you're hear, Bat. Been meaning to talk to you about my contract.
Robert Masterson: It's been canceled.
[Fires cross-bow]
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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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Dumb But Fun
27 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a kid and thought how much fun it was. Now as an adult, it's dumb...really dumb...but fun. I'm actually astonished this didn't become a cult, like say..."Revenge Of The Living Dead." I think it still has time.

Boomer Hayes (Ken Wahl) is a star quarterback for a fictitious L.A. team (since L.A. doesn't have a pro football team...why not?). He gets snookered into a benefit for the homeless at a swank Beverly Hills party. Amongst the party-goers is football team's owner and Boomer's boss, Robert Masterson (Robert Davi). Which the minute you see Davi's smarmy's no surprise he'll be up to smarm. Anyway, that's all you need to know going in. Rich and poor. Have and have nots. And that's when the have-nots want the haves. A bizarre conspiracy to take over a business veiled in a heist (sound familiar...I 'aint ruining anything).

They also turn it into a buddy cop movie. Which, oddly enough, is narrated by Matt Frewer...yes, Max Headroom Frewer. His voice over to introduce Beverly Hills is anemic, to be kind, and silly. And odd, since the point of view is from Boomer...I think. But these two go off to try to thwart this crime, even though they are battling an army that is essentially the L.A.P.D.

As dumb action movies of this generation goes, if you've exhausted all your options, THIS movie is a perfect compendium to something like "Action Jackson." It holds zero logic but has a pretty sweet soundtrack. Faith No More's "Epic" or Janet Jackson's "Black Cat" to name a few hits (how did they get these songs is beyond me).

Wahl is fun, but the dialogue is corny (as it should be) and there are some solid moments of male bonding. Overall, on a slow night or if your copy of "Road House" is worn out, check this out.

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