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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

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A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

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Martin Brest

Writers:

Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay), Danilo Bach (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Stephen Elliott ... Chief Hubbard
Gilbert R. Hill ... Inspector Todd
Art Kimbro Art Kimbro ... Det. Foster
Joel Bailey ... Det. McCabe
Bronson Pinchot ... Serge
Paul Reiser ... Jeffrey
Michael Champion ... Casey
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Storyline

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. Written by Todd Baldridge

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The Heat Is On! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beverly Drive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,214,805, 9 December 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$234,760,478

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Zak is thrown over the table at The Harrow Club, it's an obvious stunt double. See more »

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Detective Rosewood: Wow. You know, it says here that by the time the average American is fifty, he's got five pounds of undigested red meat in his bowels.
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Rock 'N' Roll Me Again
Written by Marc Benno (as M. Benno) / Richard Theisen
Performed by The System
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Axel Foley: Eddie Murphy's best role
5 June 2005 | by ShadySovereignSee all my reviews

Beverly Hills Cop was a big hit in the 1980's. The film was loved by many action fans, as well as comedy fans and movie buffs at the time. It is still being admired by many people as one of the funniest cop movies ever made.

The thing I love about this movie is that Eddie Murphy was perfectly cast as the Axel Foley character. Originally, Sylvester Stallone was considered for the role. Thank God he wasn't! Eddie Murphy was perfect for the role, because he can be a clever cop, and can at the same time be very funny! Another great thing about Beverly Hills Cop is its smashing soundtrack. There are some great hit songs from the 1980's featured in the soundtrack, as well as an excellent musical score which can be heard throughout the movie (to me, the musical score is the Beverly Hills Cop "theme song").

Perhaps the only downside of Beverly Hills Cop is that it can be pretty slow in certain scenes. Hardcore action fans would probably be disappointed by this. But let's face it: Beverly Hills Cop is not an all-out mindless action movie. It is actually a clever comedy with elements of action present within.

To conclude, Beverly Hills Cop is arguably Eddie Murphy's best film since he fits the Axel Foley character perfectly. There are many funny scenes featuring Eddie Murphy that will have people laughing (even the action scenes can be cleverly funny)!

P.S: Look out for cameos by Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot, and Damon Wayans!


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