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Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

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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.

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Danilo Bach (characters), Daniel Petrie Jr. (characters) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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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Trivia

In an earlier draft of the script, Karla Fry was named "Trish" and the finale was set to take place at Maxwell Dent's mansion. See more »

Goofs

Rosewood leaves one shotgun in truck in final shootout scene. One minute later he has both guns in his hands again. See more »

Quotes

Axel Foley: [about Lutz, who's just been fired by Mayor Egan] Is he a civilian now?
Mayor Ted Egan: Yes.
Axel Foley: [yelling at Lutz] I'm gonna kick yo' ass later!
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Alternate Versions

On the preview, Taggart tells Axel "You've stolen this house." Axel, sitting on a chair in the pool replies, "How do you steal a house? This is my uncle's house." In the movie, Axel's reply was, "How the f*** do you steal a house. This is...uh...my uncle's house." The framing was also different on this shot. The TV version used the preview edit rather than censoring the film version. See more »

Connections

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In Deep
By Charlie Sexton & Scott Wilk
Performed by Charlie Sexton
Produced by Keith Forsey
Courtesy of MCA
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There's gotta be a better way
6 August 2000 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

Long ago, when Eddie Murphy was the biggest star in Hollywood, Beverly Hills Cop 2 was the most anticipated film of 1987. Movies like Trading Places and 48 Hours made Murphy famous. But Axel Foley made him a superstar. Impressed by Top Gun (even though it's a truly awful film), Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer brought Tony Scott on board to direct. What they forgot to do was polish the script.

Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help solve 'The Alphabet Crimes' after his old pal Lt. Bogomil is gunned down in the street. With Taggart and Rosewood in tow (now actually doing police work instead of standing by) Axel uncovers a seriously convoluted conspiracy.

The story should have taken a back seat to allow Murphy to work over the massive holes in the plot with his distracting wisecracks. I won't lie to you, there are some utterly horrible contrivances in BHC2 (Bogomil's daughter digging up dirt at the insurance company she just happens to work at is honestly the most obnoxious movie coincidence of all time), but you'll just have to suffer them.

This might have been easy to overlook, but Tony Scott, still finding his feet as a director, and his editors turn a great deal of the film into an incomprehensible mess. Some of the continuity errors are just baffling (where did Rosewood get the coffee cup from at the night club crash scene?) and it makes the action quite hard to follow.

However, Tony Scott's highly visual style of filmmaking is far more suiting to this kind of environment. The wealth and decadence of late 80s California is all over this movie, and it's the only aspect where it improves on the original. I doubt the latter day Scott would make the movie this way, but it's definitely the best looking of the trilogy. It's also the only one to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio (however it's Super35 instead of the superior anamorphic Panavision format).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,348,555, 24 May 1987

Gross USA:

$153,665,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,965,036
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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