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The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)

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A group of embittered ex-cops use a chemical spill to raid the banks and homes of Beverly Hills.


Sidney J. Furie


Sidney J. Furie (story), Rick Natkin (story) | 4 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Wahl ... Boomer Hayes
Matt Frewer ... Ed Kelvin
Harley Jane Kozak ... Laura Sage
Robert Davi ... Robert Masterson
Lee Ving ... Varney (as Lee Ving James)
Branscombe Richmond ... Benitez
Lyman Ward ... Chief Healy
Michael Bowen ... L.A. Cop at Roadblock
William Prince ... Mitchell Sage
Michael G. Kehoe ... Cop / Thief #1 (as Michael Kehoe)
Mark Haining Mark Haining ... Cop / Thief #2
Jason Blicker ... Cop / Thief #3
Tony Ganios ... EPA Man
Ken Swofford ... Coach
Raymond Singer ... Mr. Tobeason


A chemical spill has caused the occupants of Beverly Hills to be forcibly evacuated. A retiring football player left behind, finds that the toxic gas emulating from the spill is a bogus front for a heist set up by fired police officers out to plunder the city of all its valuables. Finding himself siding with a corrupt cop who was once apart of the plan until he discovered the city's mayor had just been blown away, by one of the chief crooks in charge. Now both on the run with no help in sight...both must do whatever they can to stop these murderous looters. Written by ????

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The richest city in the world. Shut down. Ripped off. Blown up. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Columbia Pictures was originally set to release the film on May 10, 1991 but ultimately delayed its release and ultimately received a small, and brief, run five months later. There were rumors that Orion Pictures had previously bought the distribution rights but sold it to Columbia due to the former studio's impending bankruptcy, with no legitimate sources to back this claim. However, Orion and Columbia shared a distribution deal with the film's production company, Nelson Entertainment, so the idea that Orion considered releasing it is not outside the realm of possibility. See more »


In one shot, the Rolls Royce has the right rear wheel shot and destroyed, in a later shot the same Rolls Royce is seen jumping over another car with all 4 wheels intact. See more »


Varney: [Boomer throws Varney's bomb back at him] What? BOOMER!
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the credits scrolls over a scene, showing Boomer coaching kids football. Ed drives up in flashy Sports car wearing expensive casual clothes and sporting shades. Boomer is seen talking to the kids who suddenly rush and chase Ed through the park. See more »


Referenced in Psych: Death Is in the Air (2010) See more »


Written by Faith No More
Performed by Faith No More
Published by Big Thrilling Music / Vomit God Music
Courtesy of Slash Records / Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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1 March 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Ken Wahl plays "Boomer" Hayes, a football star who must become the unlikely hero when the owner of his team, "Bat" Masterson (veteran screen villain Robert Davi), masterminds a false toxic spill in order to get Beverly Hills residents evacuated from their homes. Thus, the empty homes will be ripe for looting by Mastersons' many minions (consisting largely of disgruntled ex-cops). "Boomer" teams up with Kelvin (Matt Frewer), a uniformed BH Cop, who was in on the scheme but took a powder when things got violent. All night long they must dodge attempts on their lives while heading for a showdown with the ambitious criminal.

"The Taking of Beverly Hills" is an amusing credit for veteran Canadian-born filmmaker Sidney J. Furie ("The Ipcress File", "The Entity", "Iron Eagle"). It's WAY over the top in terms of destruction; get a load of all the damage that henchman Benitez (Branscombe Richmond) does while trying to dispose of our heroes. It takes stupidity, implausibility, and chaos to glorious levels, and will likely have its viewers grinning and shaking their heads in equal measure. Fortunately, this is one movie that knows damn well how ridiculous it is, and makes up for in pace and energy level what it lacks in brains.

It begins appropriately enough, with Frewer doing voice-over for a credits sequence that is both a kind of love letter to, and critical assessment of, BH. It benefits the most from Davis' smooth performance as a bad guy who REALLY wants to be accepted by the elite of BH, including the fat-cat father (William Prince) of the sexy lady (Harley Jane Kozak) whom Davi covets. In another character detail, he also happens to be asthmatic.

The supporting cast includes such familiar faces as punk rock star Lee Ving, Lyman Ward (Mr. Bueller in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"), Tarantino favourite Michael Bowen, Wahls' "Wanderers" co-star Tony Ganios, Ken Swofford ('Fame'), Michael Alldredge ("The Incredible Melting Man"), and George Wyner ("Spaceballs") as the BH mayor. Pamela Anderson has an uncredited bit as a cheerleader.

Richmond makes such a nuisance of himself in his efforts to eliminate Wahl and Frewer that it's an utter shame that his comeuppance isn't a lot more glorious.

Ultimately, it's all a little too silly for its own good, but it's definitely not boring.

Six out of 10.

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Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boomer: The Taking of Beverly Hills See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$525,936, 14 October 1991

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Production Co:

Nelson Entertainment See more »
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2.35 : 1
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