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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.

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Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Sidney J. Furie (story), Rick Natkin (story) | 4 more credits »
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Director: James Whitmore Jr.
Stars: Ken Wahl, Debrah Farentino, Ted Levine
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Boomer Hayes, football's hottest quarterback, is in for the night of his life. Because tonight, Beverly Hills is up for grabs and it's up to Boomer to stop the biggest heist in history. See more »

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$939,277
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nelson Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was out of print on video for many years in the US until a Blu-ray release emerged there in 2018. Five years earlier, it was released on Blu-Ray in Germany. See more »

Quotes

Ed Kelvin: [Explaining what it's like being a cop in Beverly Hills] ... You start wondering... Hey what about me I put in the extra hours, I put my life on the line... what about having some the good stuff for me. And yet I keep being told that nowhere in the world cops are paid more than in Beverly Hills... well big fucking deal. This is nowhere else in the word this is Beverly Hills... a depository for the world's greed.
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Feels Good
Written by Dwayne P. Wiggins (as Dwayne Wiggins), Raphael Saadiq (as Ray Wiggins),
Carl Wheeler and Tim Christian
Performed by Tony! Toni! Toné! (as Tony Toni Tone)
Courtesy of PRI Music, Inc. and Tony Toni Tone Music
Courtesy of Mercury / Wing Records, A Division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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What a Great Movie!
12 August 2003 | by actionproSee all my reviews

I had originally seen the preview for this movie within another nameless early 90s stinker, back in the day. I hadn't given this movie another thought until I was at a truck stop in Morrilton, Arkansas, and saw it sitting there, collecting dust next to a bunch of other stinkers (like Tremors 3). I immediately remembered the preview: a bunch of cars blowing up, lots of shooting, plenty of "tag lines;" you know, the usual action movie cliches. Realizing that I'd never see this movie again, I bought it. During the drive home, I kept building it up to my girlfriend as being the stupidest looking movie on earth, based on the preview that I had seen over a decade ago. Once we got home, we popped it in the VCR, prepared to laugh ourselves silly. Not so. It is one of the most underrated movies of all time. It is fantastic!!! Great (if not a little cheap looking) action sequences!! Great plot! Decent acting! Superb plot twists and turns! Unformulaic ending! I was quite surprised. I think the previews made it look far worse than it actually is. The scene where the hero is blowing stuff up to "Epic" by Faith No More almost causes goosebumps. The catch is: You MUST be a fan of the genre. If you are, this movie will NOT let you down. I promise! See it! It's available somewhere out there from MGM. 7/10


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