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 by), Danilo Bach (story by) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... 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

After the murder of his childhood friend in front of his eyes, the slick Detroit detective, Axel Foley, heads to sunny Beverly Hills, on a one-man mission to ferret out the killer and bring him to justice. Before long, Axel and his unorthodox methods unearth the lucrative drug operation of the powerful local crime kingpin, Victor Maitland; however, Foley, too, will find himself in deep trouble, as Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil wants him out of town. Now, Axel will have to team up with Detectives, John Taggart, and Billy Rosewood, to shed light on the thick conspiracy, and finish what he has started. Will Foley's total disregard for proper procedure bear fruit? Written by Nick Riganas

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In Detroit a cop learns to take the heat. In L.A. he learns to keep his cool. [Theatrical Australia] See more »


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Trivia

The second time Axel and Jenny Summers sneak into the art gallery's warehouse, and Axel breaks open the crate with the coffee grounds and drugs inside, the address of the art gallery where Jenny works is written on the lid of the crate; "9994 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA". See more »

Goofs

When Axel returns to his apartment to find Mikey waiting for him, he parks on a grade steep enough to cause his car to roll backwards. No hill in Detroit is that steep. In 1984, Detroit police were required to live within city limits. See more »

Quotes

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.
Sergeant Taggart: Why are you telling me this? What makes you think I have any interest in that at all?
Detective Rosewood: Well, you eat a lot of red meat.
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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

2020 Blu-ray remaster includes two new unreleased deleted scenes as bonus features - Axel questions a Detroit mobster he's friendly with following Mikey's killing, and footage of his packing and preparing for the trip to Beverly Hills. These scenes were likely cut for pacing reasons. See more »


Soundtracks

The Heat Is On
Written by Keith Forsey & Harold Faltermeyer
Performed by Glenn Frey
Produced by Keith Forsey & Harold Faltermeyer
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Ultra-Slick and Ultra-Cool.
16 March 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Eddie Murphy became a true bankable superstar with "Beverly Hills Cop". The film is an unconventional detective story that has Murphy, a Detroit police officer, go to Beverly Hills after his close friend is killed. Murphy wants to find out who killed his friend and why. What he discovers is one of the largest illegal drug fronts around in an art museum. Now it is up to Murphy to bring down the bad guys and save the day. "Beverly Hills Cop" is a film that showed the greatness of the 1980s. A pop-culture, box office hit that was funny and full of action and sported a smashing soundtrack. A nice film that is one of the most memorable money-makers of the decade that was the 80s. 4 stars out of 5.


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Country:

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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

Gross USA:

$234,760,478

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$316,360,478
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Color

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1.37 : 1
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