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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's been chased, thrown through a window, and arrested. Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop on vacation in Beverly Hills. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Gregory appears as the front desk manager when Axel Foley checks in. He would later appear in RoboCop (1987) as the swat team leader when the city councilman takes hostages. Both movies have "cop" in the title. See more »

Goofs

When the semi truck crashes into the fruit truck, numerous spectators are standing in the background. See more »

Quotes

Police Chief Hubbard: Is this man?
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: Is this the gentleman who crashed through Victor Maitland's window? Who disabled an unmarked unit with a banana?
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: Who lured Taggart and Rosemont into a gross dereliction of duty at a striptease establishment?
Detective Rosewood: Ah, it's RoseWOOD, sir!
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: Is this the gentleman who ruined the buffet at the Harrow Club this morning?
Lieutenant Bogomil: Yes sir!
Police Chief Hubbard: I just bet you are the pride of your department in Detroit. Lieutenant, I'd like to see you in your office.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Scott Murphy's character of Det. Owensby is misspelled as Det. Owenby in the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown on TV in an alternate "less explicit" language version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Really (Want My Love?)
Written by Junior & Glenn Nightingale
Performed by Junior
Produced by Nigel Martinez
Courtesy of London Records (UK)
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The Peak of Murphy's Career
10 July 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This film came out, Eddie Murphy's star was still rising and this pretty much was the pinnacle of his career. This film is a funny, fast paced, action filled fun ride and Murphy really made the film an enjoyable experience. Thank God that Sylvester Stallone backed out because I feel the film would have been a very dark intense film. At least Murphy made Axel into a smart aleck who helped to lighten the mood of the film. Also, the one underrated performance has to have been Judge Reinhold. Reinhold makes an art of playing slightly goofy out of it characters and his portrayal of Detective Billy Rosewood was a perfect example of that and John Ashton was the perfect foil as Taggart. This is definitely one of the top films of the 1980's


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