Beverly Hills Cop

Paramount Producions / Eddie Murphy Productions Released 1984




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Movie Summary

Martin Brest

Beverly Hills Cop follows the exploits of a Detroit detective who is suddenly transplanted to Beverly Hills. When Axel Foley learns that his childhood friend, Mikey Tandino, has been murdered in California, he jumps in his car and heads to Beverly Hills to figure out what has happened. When he arrives, he initially runs into trouble with Detective Billy Rosewood and Sergeant Taggart. Eventually though, the two Beverly Hills cops join forces with Axel to figure out exactly what happened with Mikey. Jenny Summers, an old friend of Axel's aids them in their investigation. She is an associate of a powerful businessman named Victor Maitland, a man who ultimately comes under suspicion for the crime. Did Foley, Rosewood and Taggart successfully uncover the perpetrators of Mikey's murder, or are they dupes in a much larger conspiracy?


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Miami Herald

    Beverly Hills Cop is an old-fashioned movie; it's a star vehicle. And the star makes it worth the price of admission. [5 Dec. 1984, p.B1]

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    In Hollywood terms, Beverly Hills Cop harks back to the semi- good old days, to the studio era when stars were not always relied on to fix everything - this is unquestionably a sta...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Eddie Murphy looks like the latest victim of the Star Magic Syndrome, in which it is assumed that a movie will be a hit simply because it stars an enormously talented person. Thus ...

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Det. Axel Foley

John Ashton

John Ashton

Det. Sgt. John Taggart

Judge Reinhold

Judge Reinhold

Det. William Rosewood

James Russo

James Russo

Mikey Tandino

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Lt. Andrew Bogomil

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $234,760,478 (2nd)
      Worldwide Gross - $316,360,478 (2nd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $570,132,589
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $768,304,018

    • Filming locations:
      Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, Beverly Hills, California
      Beverly Hills, California
      Biltmore Hotel, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      City Hall, Beverly Hills, California
      Dearborn, Michigan
      Detroit, Michigan
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Ford Rouge Center, Dearborn, Michigan
      Henry Jaglow Estate, Los Angeles, California
      Korean Air Cargo Terminal, Los Angeles, California
      Koreatown, Los Angeles, California
      Lake Hollywood, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Beverly Hills, California
      Pasadena, California
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
      Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California
      West Hollywood, California
      Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      The Athenaeum, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
      West Hollywood, California
      Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

    • Taglines:
      1. The Heat Is On!
      2. In Detroit a cop learns to take the heat. In L.A. he learns to keep his cool.
      3. He's been chased, thrown through a window, and arrested. Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop on vacation in Beverly Hills.

    • Music:
      The Heat Is On
      Written by Keith Forsey & Harold Faltermeyer
      Performed by Glenn Frey
      Neutron Dance
      Written by Allee Willis & Danny Sembello
      Performed by The Pointer Sisters
      Stir It Up
      Written by Allee Willis & Danny Sembello
      Performed by Patti LaBelle
      Do You Really (Want My Love?)
      Written by Junior & Glenn Nightingale
      Performed by Junior
      New Attitude
      Written by Sharon Robinson, Jon Gilutin & Bunny Hull
      Performed by Patti LaBelle
      Nasty Girl
      Written by Vanity
      Performed by Vanity
      Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills
      Writted by Hawk/H. Hewett/M. Free
      Performed by Shalamar
      Writted by H. Rice/S. Sheridan
      Performed by Rockie Robbins
      Written by Danny Elfman
      Performed by Danny Elfman
      Rock 'N' Roll Me Again
      Written by M. Benno/Richard Theisen
      Performed by The System
      Axel F
      Written by Harold Faltermeyer
      Performed by Harold Faltermeyer

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Original Screenplay

      BAFTA Awards Nominations:
      1. Score

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Best Comedy / Musical
      2. Actor - Eddie Murphy  (won by Dudley Moore for Micki + Maude)

      Grammy Awards Wins:
      1. Best Album Written For A Motion Picture


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