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Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest, written by Daniel Petrie Jr. and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit
cop who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff and Jonathan Banks appear in supporting roles. This first film in the Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
series shot Murphy to international stardom, won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Motion Picture" and was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay in 1985. It earned $234 million at the North American domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 1984 in the U.S.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception

4.1 Box office

5 Soundtrack 6 Awards and nominations 7 Legacy 8 References 9 External links

Plot[edit] Young and reckless Detroit
police detective Axel Foley's latest unauthorized sting operation goes sour when two uniformed officers intervene, resulting in a high-speed chase through the city which causes widespread damage. His boss Inspector Douglas Todd reprimands Axel for his behavior and threatens to fire him unless he changes his ways on the force. Axel arrives at his apartment to find it has been broken into by his childhood friend, Mikey Tandino. Mikey, an ex-con, ended up working as a security guard in Beverly Hills thanks to a mutual friend, Jenny Summers. Mikey shows Axel some German bearer bonds and Axel wonders how he got them, but chooses not to question him about it. After going out to a bar, they return to Axel's apartment, where two men knock Axel unconscious, confront Mikey about the bearer bonds, then assault and kill him. Axel wants to investigate Mikey's murder, but Inspector Todd refuses to allow it because of his close ties to the victim. Against orders, Axel instead uses vacation time to head to Beverly Hills to investigate alone. He finds Jenny working in an art gallery and learns about Mikey's ties to Victor Maitland, the gallery's owner. Posing as a flower deliveryman, Axel goes to Maitland's office and tries to question him about Mikey, but is thrown out a window by Maitland's bodyguards and arrested. Wary of Axel's intentions, Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Sergeant John Taggart and Detective Billy Rosewood to follow him. Antagonistic at first, the trio develop a mutual respect after foiling a robbery in a striptease bar. Axel sneaks into one of Maitland's warehouses where he finds coffee grounds and suspects they were used to pack drugs. He also discovers that many of Maitland's crates have not gone through customs. After being arrested again, this time after a scuffle at Maitland's country club, Axel confides to Bogomil that Maitland may be a drug smuggler. Police Chief Hubbard, having learned of Axel's ill-advised investigative actions, removes Taggart and Rosewood from the case and orders Axel escorted out of town. However, Axel convinces Rosewood to pick up Jenny instead and take her with them to Maitland's warehouse, where a shipment is due to arrive that day. Axel and Jenny break into the warehouse and discover several bags of cocaine inside a crate. Before Axel can get this new-found evidence to Rosewood, Maitland and his associates arrive. Maitland takes Jenny and leaves Axel to be killed but Rosewood enters the warehouse and rescues him. Taggart tracks Axel and Rosewood to Maitland's estate, joining them in their efforts to rescue Jenny and bring Maitland to justice. After wiping out most of Maitland's men, Axel kills Zack, Maitland's right-hand man and Mikey's killer. Bogomil arrives, helping Axel kill Maitland and rescue Jenny. Bogomil then fabricates a story to Hubbard that covers for all the participants without discrediting the Beverly Hills Police force. Realizing that he will be fired in Detroit, Axel asks Bogomil to speak to Inspector Todd and smooth things over for him. Later, Taggart and Rosewood pay Axel's bill as he checks out of his hotel. Axel invites them to join him for a farewell drink, and they accept. Cast[edit]

Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
as Axel Foley Judge Reinhold as Detective Billy Rosewood John Ashton as Sergeant John Taggart Lisa Eilbacher as Jenny Summers Ronny Cox
Ronny Cox
as Lieutenant Bogomil Steven Berkoff as Victor Maitland James Russo as Mikey Tandino Stephen Elliott as Chief Hubbard Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser
as Jeffrey Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
as Zack Gilbert R. Hill as Inspector Todd Bronson Pinchot
Bronson Pinchot
as Serge


The Beverly Hills City Hall featured prominently in the Beverly Hills Cop films as the police headquarters.

In 1977, Paramount executive Don Simpson came up with a movie idea about a cop from East L.A. who transferred to Beverly Hills.[4] Screenwriter Danilo Bach was called in to write the screenplay. Bach pitched his idea to Simpson and Paramount in 1981 under the name Beverly Drive, about a cop from Pittsburgh
named Elly Axel.[4] However, his script was a straight action film and Bach was forced to make changes to the script, but after a few attempts the project went stale.[4] With the success of Flashdance
(1983), Simpson saw the Beverly Hills film as his next big project.[4] Daniel Petrie, Jr. was brought in to rewrite the script and Paramount loved Petrie's humorous approach to the project, with the lead character now called Axel Elly, from Detroit.[4] Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer
claimed that the role of Axel Foley
Axel Foley
was first offered to Mickey Rourke, who signed a $400,000 holding contract to do the film. When revisions and other preparations took longer than expected, Rourke left the project to do another film. Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
was originally considered for the part of Foley.[5] Stallone gave the script a dramatic rewrite and made it into a straight action film.[4] In one of the previous drafts written for Stallone, the character of Billy Rosewood was called "Siddons" and was killed off half-way through the script during one of the action scenes.[6] Stallone had renamed the lead character to Axel Cobretti, with the character of Michael Tandino being his brother and Jenny Summers playing his love interest. Stallone has said that his script for Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
would have "looked like the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
on the beaches of Normandy. Believe it or not, the finale was me in a stolen Lamborghini
playing chicken with an oncoming freight train being driven by the ultra-slimy bad guy."[4] However, Stallone's ideas were deemed "too expensive" for Paramount to produce and Stallone ultimately pulled out two weeks before filming was to start. Two days later, the film's producers, Simpson and Bruckheimer, convinced Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
to replace Stallone in the film, prompting more rewrites.[7] Besides Stallone and Rourke, other actors who were considered for the role of Axel Foley
Axel Foley
included Richard Pryor, Al Pacino, and James Caan.[8] Reception[edit] Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
received critical acclaim upon its release, and is considered by many as one of the best films of 1984.[9][10][unreliable source?] Janet Maslin of The New York Times
The New York Times
wrote "Beverly Hills Cop finds Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
doing what he does best: playing the shrewdest, hippest, fastest-talking underdog in a rich man's world. Eddie Murphy knows exactly what he's doing, and he wins at every turn".[11] Richard Schickel of Time magazine wrote that " Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
exuded the kind of cheeky, cocky charm that has been missing from the screen since Cagney was a pup, snarling his way out of the ghetto".[12] Axel Foley
Axel Foley
became Murphy's signature role and was ranked No. 78 on Empire magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.[13] Also, Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
magazine ranked Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
as the third best comedy film of the last 25 years. According to Christopher Hitchens, the British novelist and poet Kingsley Amis
Kingsley Amis
considered the film "a flawless masterpiece."[14] Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
retrospectively collected reviews from 43 critics to give the film a score of 84%, with an average score of 7.1 out of 10.[15] In 2003, the film was picked as one of the 1000 Best Movies Ever Made by The New York Times.[16] Box office[edit] The film was released on December 5, 1984, and played in 2,006 theaters.[3] It debuted first at box office, making $15,214,805 in its first five days of release. Thanks to word of mouth, the film generated higher revenue in the weeks following the first week, with the highest one being in its fourth week of release, when it grossed $20,064,790 in five days. It stayed #1 for 14 non-consecutive weeks and tied Tootsie
for the films with the second most weeks at #1. (The first is Titanic.)[17] The film earned approximately $234,760,478 domestically and became the highest-grossing film of 1984.[18] It also became the highest-grossing R rated film of all-time, a rank it would hold until The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Reloaded
in 2003. (Adjusted for inflation, Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
is the third highest-grossing R rated film of all-time behind The Exorcist and The Godfather.)[19] Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold over 67 million tickets in the US.[20] Soundtrack[edit] Main article: Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
(soundtrack) The soundtrack was released on MCA Records
MCA Records
and won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (1986). The instrumental title tune, "Axel F", composed and performed by Harold Faltermeyer, is a cultural touchstone and has since been covered by numerous artists. Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Award

Nominated for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr.

British Academy Film Awards

Nominated for Best Score - Harold Faltermeyer

Edgar Allan Poe Award

Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Golden Globe Award

Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical Nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor - Comedy/Musical - Eddie Murphy

Grammy Award

Won for Best Score Soundtrack Album - Marc Benno, Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey, Micki Free, Jon Gilutin, Howard Hewett, Bunny Hull, Howie Rice, Sharon Robinson, Danny Sembello, Sue Sheridan, Richard Theisen, Allee Willis

People's Choice Award

Won for Favorite Motion Picture

Stuntman Award

Won for Best Vehicular Stunt (Motion Picture) - Eddy Donno

This film is No. 22 on Bravo's list of the 100 funniest films.[21][22]

American Film Institute
American Film Institute

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies - Nominated[23] AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs - #63 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains:

Detective Axel Foley
Axel Foley
- Nominated Hero[24]

Legacy[edit] The film was followed by two sequels, Beverly Hills Cop II
Beverly Hills Cop II
and Beverly Hills Cop III, both starring Eddie Murphy, in 1987 and 1994, respectively. Judge Reinhold reprised his role for the sequels. The second film met with mixed reviews but was a box office success, while the third film was unsuccessful both critically and commercially. In 2013, a television series was reported to be in the works for CBS.[25] The pilot was written by Shawn Ryan
Shawn Ryan
and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Brandon T. Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson
was cast as Axel Foley's son.[26] The series was not picked up, but Ryan reported that it tested well enough for Paramount to put a fourth film into production.[27] References[edit]

^ "BEVERLY HILLS COP (15)". British Board of Film Classification. December 10, 1984. Retrieved November 28, 2015.  ^ " Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
Production Budget". The-Numbers.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ a b "Beverly Hills Cop". Box Office Mojo.  ^ a b c d e f g Cronin, Brian (2013-01-16). "Movie Legends Revealed: Sly Stallone as Axel Foley?". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2014-06-12.  ^ O'Connell, Sean. " Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
turns down Beverly Hills Cop Script according to book". Retrieved August 11, 2016.  ^ "Re-Cast: Five Blockbusters Completely Changed For Their Star". Empire Magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-13.  ^ Gruson, Linsey (1984-12-16). "EXIT STALLONE, ENTER EDDIE MURPHY". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-12.  ^ Gruson, Linsey (1984-12-16). "20 Fascinating Facts About The 'Beverly Hills Cop' Franchise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-12.  ^ "The Greatest Films of 1984". AMC Filmsite.org. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ "The Best Movies of 1984 by Rank". Films101.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ "Beverly Hills Cop, Film Review". The New York Times. April 29, 2003. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ "Cinema: Eddie Goes to Lotusland". Time. December 10, 1984. Retrieved April 26, 2010.  ^ "Empire's The 100 Greatest Movie Characters". Empire. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ "The Amis Inheritance". New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2012.  ^ " Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ "The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made". The New York Times. April 29, 2003. Retrieved April 26, 2010.  ^ "Longest Top Ranking Movies (Conesecutive Weeks". Box Office Mojo.  ^ "1984 Yearly Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved December 30, 2016.  ^ Box Office Mojo
Box Office Mojo
All Time Grosses R-Rated tab ^ " Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
(1984)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 31, 2016.  ^ "Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies of All Time". Boston.com. July 25, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ "Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies"". listsofbests.com. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies Nominees ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains Nominees ^ Hibberd, James (February 22, 2013). "Hollywood Insider: What's Going on Behind the Scenes: TV's Pilot Season Goes (Very) High-Concept". Entertainment Weekly. New York: Time Inc. Retrieved January 15, 2017.  ^ Child, Ben (July 22, 2013). " Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
TV series shot down". The Guardian. Retrieved January 15, 2017.  ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (July 22, 2013). "'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Series Officially Dead. BUT Pilot Tested Well, So 4th Movie In Development". Indiewire. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 

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(1986) Beverly Hills Cop II
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