Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who killed his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.
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
Police Chief Hubbard walks into his first scene carrying some rolled-up sheets of paper. It's actually one of many reworked scripts, which he was given to memorize and rehearse only minutes before shooting started. See more »
In the pool scene, the hustler says "8 ball, corner pocket, 2 cushions." The 8 ball made contact with cushions three times before falling into the pocket. Mikey won his bet. See more »
Scott Murphy's character of Det. Owensby is misspelled as Det. Owenby in the credits. See more »
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 »
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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