Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.


Tony Scott


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Axel Foley
Judge Reinhold ... Billy Rosewood
Jürgen Prochnow ... Maxwell Dent
Ronny Cox ... Andrew Bogomil
John Ashton ... John Taggart
Brigitte Nielsen ... Karla Fry
Allen Garfield ... Harold Lutz
Dean Stockwell ... Chip Cain
Paul Reiser ... Jeffrey Friedman
Gilbert R. Hill ... Inspector Todd (as Gil Hill)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Nikos Thomopolis
Robert Ridgely ... Mayor Egan (as Robert Ridgley)
Brian Edward O'Connor Brian Edward O'Connor ... Biddle (as Brian O'Connor)
Alice Adair ... Jan Bogomil
Eugene Butler Eugene Butler ... May


Three years after the events in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), the street-wise Detroit detective, Axel Foley, invades the posh city once more, after the assassination attempt on Captain Andrew Bogomil. Against the backdrop of a seemingly endless string of violent and well-orchestrated smash-and-grab robberies known as the "Alphabet Crimes", Detectives Billy Rosewood and John Taggart struggle to solve the case; nevertheless, in vain. Now, a lethally beautiful hitwoman linked to an international arms trafficking ring is the mysterious and elusive prime suspect. Can the brazen and sassy Axel and his partners solve this thorny case, too? Written by Nick Riganas

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Did You Know?


In the "Making of" featurette, director Tony Scott describes this sequel as a cross between the first movie and "48 Hrs. (1982)," which also starred Eddie Murphy. See more »


Murphy says a villain, "heists some bank, heists some jewelry". Heist is a noun. He also refers to "Costa Rico". This is obviously a mix-up of Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. These vocabulary issues are reminiscent of when he referred to espresso as "expresso" in the previous film. See more »


Billy Rosewood: Sarge, will you just relax and trust me?
Sergeant Taggart: Trust you? You drive worse than Maureen!
Billy Rosewood: [appalled] No way!
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Alternate Versions

In Ontario, the film was rated Restricted, which meant that no one under 18 could attend. In hopes of reaching a wider audience in the province, Paramount appealed the rating and asked that it be reduced to Adult Accompaniment (under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian). The Ontario Censor Board agreed to their request as long as the line "She can suck a golf ball through twenty feet of garden hose" was removed. The studio made the cut and the rating was changed from R to AA. The line remained in the subsequent video release. See more »


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A damn good sequel to a classic comedy
8 June 2020 | by ethanbresnettSee all my reviews

Beverly Hills Cop is most definitely a classic, and I must say Beverly Hills Cop II lives up to the first one reasonably well. Everything that I enjoyed from the first one was carried on in this one, which is simultaneously a perk and a flaw. A perk because the style of the first was great, but a flaw because it did feel familiar in many respects. There is a little bit of a sense that if you've seen the first one, you've seen the second one. That being said this film is a hoot, and I can't wait to watch the third instalment.

The plot is all a bit ludicrous and didn't entirely make sense (to me at any rate). There was nothing too original about the core concept, feeling a bit James Bondy in a way. It wasn't bad at all, and ticked along at a zippy pace, with a good variety of action sequences, comedic moments and sharply scripted scenes. The Beverly Hills Cop films aren't really about the plot though, its all about Eddie Murphy.

He is just so god damn funny, and possibly at his comedic acting peak in the 80s. His comedic timing, body language, facial expressions are second to none, making Beverly Hills Cop II hilarious. I actually think the humour was as decent as the first film, its just the plot which doesn't match up in quality. There are several cast members returning from the first instalment, all of whom put in solid performances, but as mentioned its 100% Murphy's film.

I also just love the style of 80s films, and Beverly Hills Cop II has so many 80s trademarks. From the soundtrack to the direction to the script. Its just a blast.

Any fans of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise or Eddie Murphy in general will for sure love this film. It a bit messy in places but that never detracts from it's numerous triumphs.

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Release Date:

20 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,348,555, 24 May 1987

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Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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