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
When Foley enters the department where he works, the words "INVESTIGATON OPERATIONS DIVISION" are written on the window. "Investigation" is misspelled. Martin Brest mentions this, notes that it annoyed him at the time, but this being 1984, he didn't worry about it too much. It was the day even before home video was very popular, so no one had the capability to really examine it. See more »
When Axel and Mikey are in the bar, Mikey's hand is on the back of Axel's neck while they are standing close together talking. In the next shot, Mikey's hand is sitting on Axel's shoulder. See more »
Why didn't you identify yourself as a police officer when you were arrested?
'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?
We have six witnesses that say you broke in and started tearing up the place, then jumped out the window!
And you guys believe that? What the fuck are you, cops or doormen?
We're more likely to believe an important local businessman than a foul-mouthed jerk from out of town.
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Scott Murphy's character of Det. Owensby is misspelled as Det. Owenby in the credits. See more »
Ron Karabatsos played Rand in scenes deleted from the theatrical version. Rand is the police detective Axel Foley referred to when speaking to Inspector Todd. See more »
Mega-hit action comedy from Paramount Pictures and producing duo Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Eddie Murphy became a genuine superstar with the starring role of Detroit Detective Axel Foley, a rule breaker and wisecracker that travels to Beverly Hills to solve a childhood friend's murder. It puts him at odds with a shady art dealer (Steven Berkoff) and the Beverly Hills police department. But Foley soon proves his mettle out West as he obviously has superior detective skills compared to his rule centric equivalents in Beverly Hills.
There are a lot of laughs here, and Murphy has tons of screen charisma. A lot of this will probably seem routine to modern audiences, but at the time this film established the action-comedy as one of the biggest genres of the decade. It also contains one of the signature 80's soundtracks, both the pop songs (several of which charted) and the score by Harold Faltermeyer, which includes the top ten single "Axel F." Directed by Martin Brest.
What helped make this film so great - the very fact that nobody involved KNEW it was great until it got rave audience reaction, is exactly what killed the sequel. Beverly Hills Cop Two rests too much on the laurels of the original, but then that is another story.
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