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  • 15
  • Action, Comedy
  • 1984

Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop


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


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.

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.

Cast & Connections

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

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