Beverly Hills Cop

Tough-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley heads to the rarified world of Beverly Hills in his beat-up Chevy Nova to investigate a friend's murder, but soon realizes he's stumbled onto something much more complicated. Bungling rookie detective, Billy Rosewood joins the fish-out-of-water Axel and shows him the West Los Angeles ropes.

Directed by: Martin Brest Betty Goldberg
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime,
Production Company: Paramount, Eddie Murphy Productions, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films,

Beverly Hills Cop - The Heat Is On! - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 30-11-1984
  • Runtime: 105 Minutes
  • Popularity: 22.46
  • Vote Count: 2,646
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Budget: USD 14,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 316,360,478
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Eddie Murphy - Azwaad Movie Database Eddie Murphy Det. Axel Foley
Judge Reinhold - Azwaad Movie Database Judge Reinhold Det. William 'Billy' Rosewood
John Ashton - Azwaad Movie Database John Ashton Det. Sgt. John Taggart
Ronny Cox - Azwaad Movie Database Ronny Cox Lt. Andrew Bogomil
Paul Reiser - Azwaad Movie Database Paul Reiser Jeffrey
Gilbert R. Hill - Azwaad Movie Database Gilbert R. Hill Insp. Douglas Todd
Lisa Eilbacher - Azwaad Movie Database Lisa Eilbacher Jeannette 'Jenny' Summers
Steven Berkoff - Azwaad Movie Database Steven Berkoff Victor Maitland
James Russo - Azwaad Movie Database James Russo Mikey Tandino
Jonathan Banks - Azwaad Movie Database Jonathan Banks Zack, Maitland's Thug
Photo Name Department
Jerry Bruckheimer-Production Jerry Bruckheimer Production (Producer)
Angelo P. Graham-Art Angelo P. Graham Art (Production Design)
Martin Brest-Directing Martin Brest Directing (Director)
Don Simpson-Production Don Simpson Production (Producer)
Danilo Bach-Writing Danilo Bach Writing (Story)
Daniel Petrie Jr.-Writing Daniel Petrie Jr. Writing (Screenplay)
Daniel Petrie Jr.-Writing Daniel Petrie Jr. Writing (Story)
Bruce Surtees-Camera Bruce Surtees Camera (Director of Photography)
Harold Faltermeyer-Sound Harold Faltermeyer Sound (Original Music Composer)
Arthur Coburn-Editing Arthur Coburn Editing (Editor)

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John Chard

The heat is on - indeed! Cocky rule dodging Detroit Cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) heads to Beverly Hills in search of those responsible for murdering his friend. Upon getting there he falls foul of everyone he meets due to his tough Detroit approach work. Undaunted, Foley, aided by old friend Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) and two intrigued local detectives, starts to unravel the mystery. Hey Axel you got a cigarette? There was a time when Eddie Murphy ruled the world. After Trading Places had introduced us to his sharp comedic tongue, and 48 Hours had shown him to be a more than capable action character actor, Beverly Hills Cop fused the two together and propelled Murphy to super stardom. Directed by Martin Brest and produced by Messers Simpson & Bruckheimer, it's really no surprise that "Hills Cop" is shallow, simple (a fish out of water comedy standard) and utterly commercial. Yet with its gusto, humorous script (Daniel Petrie Jr) and neat plotting, it becomes a hugely entertaining film - led superbly by Murphy due to infectious comedy energy and superb knack for timing. You're not going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe routine! It's hard to believe that the likes of Sly Stallone and Al Pacino were first mooted for the role, so not as a comedy one imagines, but as it being a standard police action movie, but enter Murphy and it ended up as a fine blend of action and comedy. There's little digs at Beverly Hills and its smugness, a way of life that Foley, with his down on the streets toughness, can't comprehend, while opposing police methods also get a wry once over - wonderfully threaded in the relationship between Foley, Taggart (John Ashton) and Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). Small gripes reside, such as Steven Berkoff's by the numbers villain being something of a let down and Ronny Cox is sadly playing filler time with an underwritten character. But this is about Murphy, the fabulous stunt work and the successful union of action and comedy. And hey! even Harold Faltermeyer's bobbing synth score, "Axel F," has a nippiness that remains quintessentially 1980s. 8/10

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