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  • 15
  • Action, Comedy
  • 1984

Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

Synopsis

Eddie Murphy is at the peak of his powers - charming, fast-talking and smooth as polished ice - in this quintessential 80s comedy cop thriller

About

This was the movie that properly launched Eddie Murphy into his first bout of stardom before the troughs of his later career. He's Foley, a fast-talking, foul-mouthed police officer from Detroit, who heads to Hollywood to investigate the murder of a childhood friend.

The comedy lies largely in Murphy's black cop reacting against and beating the mostly white and incredibly polite-but-dim-and-racist Californian society. He's got great support from Hollywood cop Judge Reinhold, comedy foreigner Bronson Pinchot and chilling villain Steven Berkoff. This is definitely a movie to avoid if the word 'fuck' offends - it crops up constantly - but Murphy has such charm that it loses its impact after the first 118 times.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff, John Ashton, Eddie Murphy
  • Director: Martin Brest
  • Writer: Daniel Petrie Jr
  • Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson
  • Photographer: Bruce Surtees

In a nutshell

Director Brest keeps the action brisk, the soundtrack is one of the best of the 80s and the script deservedly got an Oscar nomination - all in all, lots here to recommend it.

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