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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

"Nasty Girl," which plays during the strip club scene, was recommended by the real-life stripper hired for the scene. See more »

Goofs

When Axel is at the strip bar he asks for a "Scotch and Soda" a few moments later he says to the waitress not to mix the drinks as Club Soda makes him sick. despite his drink order would contain club soda. See more »

Quotes

[repeated laugh from all three films]
Axel Foley: A heh-heh-heh-heh.
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By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The best cop movie ever made!
1 August 2004 | by Christopher SmithSee all my reviews

In the past thirty years, there have been more movies made in the cop genre than any other genre. Out of all of the cop movies made, BEVERLY HILLS COP still stands out as the best very best one. Twenty years after it was released into theaters in December of 1984, the movie remains to be one of the most popular and highest grossing action comedies of all time, making $234 million in the U.S. and $316 million worldwide.

When his friend Mikey Tandino is murdered, Detroit police officer Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) travels to Beverly Hills to investigate and find Mikey's killer. Lots of gunfire, laughs, and memorable quotes ensue. Highlights include Bronson Pinchot's cameo, the banana scene, and Eddie Murphy's "supercop" speech. ****


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