Fast-talking, quick-thinking Detroit street cop Axel Foley has bent more than a few rules and regs in his time, but when his best friend is murdered, he heads to sunny Beverly Hills to work the case like only he can.
For all the hype it got I was expecting a lot more!
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It is not deep, but it is fun to watch. It does have a bit more of an edge to it than other similar films.
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The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
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The film that made Eddie Murphy into a bona fide superstar, Beverly Hills Cop is a great example of 80s mixing comedy and drama. The script is great, pacing is natural and the performances, especially Murphy as Alex Folly is really good. Though watching it today people may wonder what the big deal is, this film was massive in 1984. To Think that Sly Stallone was originally slated to play the main character just boggles the mind. If you haven't seen Beverly Hills cop, and only heard the very famous theme, its time to give it a watch.
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Originally a vehicle for Sylvester Stallone, Beverly Hills Cop underwent a significant overhaul after Eddie Murphy was cast in the lead only weeks before filming was due to start; consequently, what would most likely have been a standard '80s action flick was turned into a much more humorous affair, Murphy's sassy, smart-talking persona bringing a levity and charm that would have been sorely lacking if Sly had been the star.Fresh from the success of Trading Places, Murphy gives a confident turn as Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who goes to Los Angeles to try and find those responsible for the murder of his best friend. Landing himself in trouble with the Beverly Hills police force, Foley enlists the help of two police detectives, Rosewood and Taggart (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton), and uncovers a drug smuggling operation run by art dealer Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff), the man who ordered the hit on Foley's pal.With Murphy at the top of his game (improvising much of his hilarious dialogue), a terrific supporting cast, lots of quotable dialogue, and great action sequences, all accompanied by Harold Faltermeyer's unmistakable synth soundtrack and some classic pop/rock tunes that are impossible not to bop along to, Beverly Hills Cop is easily one of the most consistently fun films to come out of the '80s.9 out of 10, although Bronson Pinchot's scene-stealing turn as gallery employee Serge almost earned it top marks ("I make it back there myself with a little lemon twist, it's good—you should try it").
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Beverly Hills Cop is a film about a rebellious Detroit police officer who plays by his own rules. He is a man who believes in justice and truth, he isn't afraid to get the job done even if it means getting a little dirty along the way. Axel Foley isn't your typical play by the rules type of police officer. Axel Foley is no basic police officer. The film Beverly Hills Cop begins with Axel Foley in the back of a semi truck along with two tough gang members in Detroit, Michigan. He is negotiating on a price for the untraceable drugs which he had "supposedly" packed into cigarettes. They are interrupted when a police unit rushes in with there sirens blaring; the police are oblivious to Axel's undercover operation. All of a sudden shots are fired, one man falls to the ground and the other jumps into the drivers seat and takes off, with Axel still in the trucks trailer. A wild police chase erupts with collisions and explosions throughout the city of Detroit and when the truck finally runs out of steam the police realize it is Axel working on an unauthorized case. This is not Axels first time to work undercover without authorization; and as a matter of fact the city of Detroit and the police chief are not happy with Axel's stunts. The city seems as if it was steamrolled and shredded to pieces. Axel is given a final warning from his police chief and threatens to take his job away if he pulls another stunt like that. Shortly after being sent home from work due to his crazed actions Axel witnesses the death of an old friend named Mikey and is driven to crack a case across the country in Beverly Hills. Here is where the movie truly begins to take off, Axels chief told him to stay away from the case, but Axel being the rebel police officer he is knows he can not stay away from the murder case of his best friend. He decides to take a "vacation" to Beverly Hills where Mikey had worked for a man named Victor Maidland. After some investigation on Victor Axel is arrested and taken down town and becomes very familiar with a few of the Beverly Hills police officers. Axel is picked up from the police department by an old friend named Jenny. She works for Victor and was also a good friend of Mikey's. This works out perfectly for Axel because she is able to get him access to buildings in Victors business and give him inside intel that eventually solves the case. The remainder of the movie is all about Axel investigating Victors company searching for clues and evidence to solve the murder case of his friend. He eventually becomes close with police officers who were originally sent to follow him and get him under tight watch. These officers eventually help Axel solve the case and are with him throughout the end of the film. Throughout the film Axel does many things that shouldn't be acceptable for a police officer to do. He goes under cover when he is not authorized to do so, he carries a gun outside of his jurisdiction, he goes to strip clubs and does many other asinine things that a cop is not expected to do. He bends many of the rules and even the laws that police officers are expected to abide by. Even though Axel makes many risky decisions he solves the case and does a really good job. He takes many bad people off the street and cleans up the city of Beverly Hills. If Axel would have done anything differently in the film, the outcome would have been much different. If Axel would have played by the rules and listened to his police chief, he would never have solved the case of his good friend. If he wouldn't have taken police officers that were on duty to a strip club, he never would have gotten a lead that would lead them straight to the source of the murder. Breaking the rules in Axels case was well worth it. Although he had to face a lot of opposition from his senior officers and take a lot of heat from his colleagues. A major case was solved because he wasn't afraid to finish a job regardless of the consequences. Axels bending and breaking the rules type of behavior was a necessary procedure in order for him to be a successful police officer. In the case of Axel Foley and Beverly Hills Cop risking your job, life, and reputation are worth doing something that you believe in. Overall the movie is pretty average, this is your typical police action movie with a bit of Eddie Murphy's comedic twist. So if you have the time go ahead and check out the film "Beverly Hills Cop"
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"Beverly Hills Cop" is one of Eddie Murphy's few genuinely good movies. Murphy is cast as Axel Foley, a Detriot policeman with authority issues who travels to Beverly Hills to learn what happened to one of his close friends. He discovers the ultimate adversary in villainous Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff of "Octopussy"), while he cannot get his head around how the Beverly Hills Police Department operates. Eventually, he makes friends with two blue-collar cops, callow Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High") and Rosewood's gruff, no-nonsense partner Sergeant Taggart (John Ashton of "Midnight Run") who have been dispatched to conduct surveillance on him by their immediate superior, Lieutenant Bogomil (Ronny Cox of "Deliverance") who wants Axel out of town. Axel isn't the kind of guy who gives up easily as everybody comes to realize with dire chagrin, especially Maitland. Axel's Detroit Police Department Captain, Inspector Todd (Gilbert R. Hill) is the only person that Axel seems to respect. Anyway, "Beverly Hills Cop" is fast-paced fun with all the dull spots edited out for maximum velocity from the early scenes in the Motor City when he busts cigarette smugglers to his repeated clashes with Maitland and his minions, most memorably Zack (Jonathan Banks), the evil villain who killed Axel's friend and loves to brag about the feat. Martin Brest made his reputation with this top-flight action thriller. Before "Beverly Hills Cop" he made an amusing oldsters actioneer with George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg entitled "Going in Style." He went on to helm the top-notch Robert De Niro bounty hunter thriller "Midnight Run." The bouncy orchestral theme by Harold Faltermeyer became a popular hit. "Beverly Hills Cop" was an early example of a Jerry Bruckheimer & Don Simpson production.