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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.

Director:

Martin Brest

Writers:

Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay by), Danilo Bach (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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The Heat Is On! See more »


Certificate:

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This film was released on VHS at close to the same time as the introduction consumer-oriented Casio PT-80 handheld micro keyboard. It was an enormous hit with kids. Thanks to video rentals, huge numbers of parents rented the videos and kids were able to see it. Shortly after, huge numbers of kids quite literally around the planet were using the Casios to punch out the Axel Foley theme. It became a common complaint among school teachers about the incessant playing of the theme by kids during recess. See more »

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After the Cigarette Truck chase, Axel arrives at the police station and takes a note on a piece of paper. His black shirt can be seen on the back with some kind of signing on it, and without a signing on it after it a shot later. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Taggart: Why didn't you identify yourself as a police officer when you were arrested?
Axel Foley: 'Cause I was mindin' my own business. Hey, where the fuck do you guys get off on arresting somebody for getting thrown out of a window?
Sergeant Taggart: We have six witnesses that say you broke in and started tearing up the place, then jumped out the window!
Axel Foley: And you guys believe that? What the fuck are you, cops or doormen?
Sergeant Taggart: We're more likely to believe an important local businessman than a foul-mouthed jerk from out of town.
Axel Foley: Foul-mouthed?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Everwood: Moonlight Sonata (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Axel F
Written by Harold Faltermeyer
Produced by Harold Faltermeyer
Performed by Harold Faltermeyer
Courtesy by MCA Records
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The heat is on - indeed!
29 November 2009 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Cocky rule dodging Detroit Cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) heads to Beverly Hills in search of those responsible for murdering his friend. Upon getting there he falls foul of everyone he meets due to his tough Detroit approach work. Undaunted, Foley, aided by old friend Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) and two intrigued local detectives, starts to unravel the mystery.

Hey Axel you got a cigarette?

There was a time when Eddie Murphy ruled the world. After Trading Places had introduced us to his sharp comedic tongue, and 48 Hours had shown him to be a more than capable action character actor, Beverly Hills Cop fused the two together and propelled Murphy to super stardom. Directed by Martin Brest and produced by Messers Simpson & Bruckheimer, it's really no surprise that "Hills Cop" is shallow, simple (a fish out of water comedy standard) and utterly commercial. Yet with its gusto, humorous script (Daniel Petrie Jr) and neat plotting, it becomes a hugely entertaining film - led superbly by Murphy due to infectious comedy energy and superb knack for timing.

You're not going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe routine!

It's hard to believe that the likes of Sly Stallone and Al Pacino were first mooted for the role, so not as a comedy one imagines, but as it being a standard police action movie, but enter Murphy and it ended up as a fine blend of action and comedy. There's little digs at Beverly Hills and its smugness, a way of life that Foley, with his down on the streets toughness, can't comprehend, while opposing police methods also get a wry once over - wonderfully threaded in the relationship between Foley, Taggart (John Ashton) and Rosewood (Judge Reinhold).

Small gripes reside, such as Steven Berkoff's by the numbers villain being something of a let down and Ronny Cox is sadly playing filler time with an underwritten character. But this is about Murphy, the fabulous stunt work and the successful union of action and comedy. And hey! even Harold Faltermeyer's bobbing synth score, "Axel F," has a nippiness that remains quintessentially 1980s. 8/10


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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

Gross USA:

$234,760,478

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$316,360,478
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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