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For the video games based on the film, see Beverly Hills Cop (video game).
Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Brest
Produced by Don Simpson
Jerry Bruckheimer
Screenplay by Daniel Petrie, Jr.
Story by Danilo Bach
Daniel Petrie, Jr.
Music by Harold Faltermeyer
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Edited by Arthur Coburn
Billy Weber
Eddie Murphy Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • December 5, 1984 (1984-12-05)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $316,360,478[2]

Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to 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 series shot Murphy to international stardom, won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Motion Picture", was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) in 1985. It earned $234 million at the North American domestic box office, making it the biggest hit of 1984.


Axel Foley is a young, reckless Detroit police detective. His latest unauthorized sting operation goes sour when two uniformed officers intervene, resulting in a high-speed chase through the city which causes widespread damage. This earns him the anger of his boss, Inspector Douglas Todd, who promises to fire Foley if another such incident happens again.

Foley arrives at his apartment to find it's been broken into by his childhood friend, Mikey Tandino. Mikey did time in prison, but ended up working as a security guard in Beverly Hills, thanks to a mutual friend, Jenny Summers. Mikey shows Foley some German bearer bonds and Foley wonders how he got them, but chooses not to question him about it. After going out to a bar, they return to Foley's apartment, where two men knock Foley unconscious and then confront Mikey about the bearer bonds. Having beaten Mikey up, they shoot him in the back of the head, killing him.

Foley asks to investigate Mikey's murder, but Inspector Todd refuses to allow it because of his close ties to Mikey. Foley uses the guise of taking vacation time to head to Beverly Hills to solve the crime. He finds Jenny working in an art gallery and learns about Mikey's ties to Victor Maitland, the gallery's owner. Foley, posing as a flower deliverer, goes to Maitland's office and tries to question him about Mikey, but is thrown through a window by Maitland's bodyguards and arrested. At the police station he meets Beverly Hills police officers Sergeant John Taggart, Detective Billy Rosewood, and Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil. Bogomil assigns Rosewood and Taggart to follow Foley, and after a series of encounters, including the trio's foiling of a robbery in a striptease bar, the three develop a mutual respect.

On the trail of Mikey's killers, Foley sneaks into one of Maitland's warehouses, where he finds coffee grounds, which he suspects were used to pack drugs. He also discovers that many of Maitland's crates have not gone through customs. After Foley is arrested again, this time after a scuffle at Maitland's country club, Bogomil demands to know why Foley is bothering Maitland. Foley finally admits that he suspects Maitland to be a smuggler, but is unsure of what exactly he is smuggling. Bogomil seems to believe Foley's story, but cannot authorize a search because of a lack of hard evidence. In addition, Police Chief Hubbard, who has learned of Foley's ill-advised investigative actions, orders that Foley be escorted out of town. However, Foley 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.

Foley and Jenny break into the warehouse and discover several bags of cocaine inside a crate. Before Foley can get Rosewood to inspect the evidence, Maitland and his associates arrive. Maitland takes Jenny and leaves Foley to be killed, but after some hesitation, Rosewood enters the warehouse and rescues Foley. Taggart tracks Foley and Rosewood to Maitland's estate, where he joins Foley and Rosewood in their efforts to rescue Jenny and bring Maitland to justice. When Bogomil hears reports of shots fired at Maitland's residence, he calls for backup at the location and heads out to join the others. After a firefight that kills most of Maitland's men, Foley kills Maitland's right-hand man Zack, who had killed Mikey. Maitland shoots and injures Foley, then uses Jenny as a shield. Bogomil's arrival distracts Maitland long enough to allow Jenny to break free; Bogomil and Foley then shoot and kill Maitland.

Chief Hubbard arrives and Bogomil fabricates a story that covers for all the participants without discrediting the Beverly Hills Police force. Realizing that he will probably be out of a job in Detroit, Foley asks Bogomil to speak to Inspector Todd and smooth things over for him. Bogomil is reluctant, but relents after Foley talks about staying in Beverly Hills.

Taggart and Rosewood meet Foley as he checks out of his hotel, and pay his bill. Foley invites them to join him for a farewell drink, and they accept.



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 Los Angeles who transferred to Beverly Hills.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3] With the success of Flashdance (1983), Simpson saw the Beverly Hills film as his next big project.[3] 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.[3] Producer Jerry Bruckheimer claimed that the role of 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 after his contract expired to do another film.

The script was then sent to Sylvester Stallone, who gave the script a dramatic rewrite and made it into a straight action film.[3] 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.[4] Stallone had renamed the lead character to Axel Cobretti with the character of Michael Tandino (James Russo) being his brother and Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) playing his love interest. Stallone's script of Beverly Hills Cop would have "looked like the opening scene from 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."[3] 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, were able to convince Eddie Murphy to replace Stallone in the film, prompting massive rewrites.[5] Besides Stallone and Rourke, other actors who were considered for the role of Axel Foley included Richard Pryor, Al Pacino, and James Caan.[6]


Beverly Hills Cop was well received by critics and is considered by many as one of the best films of 1984.[7][8][unreliable source?] Eddie Murphy, in particular, received much acclaim for his performance. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote "Beverly Hills Cop finds 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".[9] Richard Schickel of Time magazine wrote that "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".[10] 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.[11] Also, Entertainment Weekly magazine ranked 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 considered the film "a flawless masterpiece."[12]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes retrospectively collected reviews from 41 critics to give the film a score of 83%, with an average score of 7.2 out of 10.[13] In 2003, the film was picked as one of the 1000 Best Movies Ever Made by The New York Times.[14]

Box office[edit]

The film was released on December 5 and screened in 2,006 theaters.[2] It debuted as #1 at box office making $15,214,805 in its first week of release. Thanks to word of mouth, the film generated higher revenue in the weeks following the first week, with the highest one being $20,064,790 in its fourth week of release. It stayed #1 for 14 non-consecutive weeks and tied Tootsie for the films with the second most weeks on the top (the first is Titanic).[citation needed] The film earned approximately $234,760,478 domestically and became the highest-grossing film of the year 1984.[15] It also became the highest-grossing R rated film of all-time, a title it would hold until The Matrix Reloaded in 2003 (adjusted for inflation, Beverly Hills Cop is the third highest-grossing R rated film of all-time behind The Exorcist and The Godfather).[16] The film was also the second highest-grossing film worldwide in 1984, behind Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.[citation needed]


The soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (1986). The instrumental-only title tune "Axel F" is a cultural touchstone and has since been covered by numerous artists. The soundtrack was mastered by Greg Fulginiti, and would feature different artists plus electronic style music.

The soundtrack was released on MCA Records, successor-in-interest to Paramount's old record division, the Famous Music Group (specifically Paramount Records).

The track listing is as follows:

  1. "New Attitude" by Patti LaBelle
  2. "Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills" by Shalamar
  3. "Do You Really (Want My Love?)" by Junior
  4. "Emergency" by Rockie Robbins
  5. "Neutron Dance" by Pointer Sisters
  6. "The Heat is On" by Glenn Frey
  7. "Gratitude" by Danny Elfman
  8. "Stir It Up" by Patti LaBelle
  9. "Rock 'N Roll Me Again" by The System
  10. "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1985 Billboard 200 1
Preceded by
Around the World in a Day by Prince and the Revolution
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 22 - July 5, 1985
Succeeded by
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins


The film spawned two sequels, both starring Eddie Murphy, in 1987 and 1994. Judge Reinhold also reprised his role of Billy Rosewood for the sequels. The second film met with mixed reviews but was a box office success while the third film was less successful critically and commercially. Faltermeyer's "Axel F" was used in both sequels.

Proposed series and fourth movie[edit]

In 2013 a television series was once described as in the works for CBS.[17] Plans were scrapped however, when Beverly Hills Cop IV was announced. The film is scheduled for a summer 2016 release and production will begin in early-to-mid 2015.

Awards and nominations[edit]

American Film Institute Lists

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ "Beverly Hills Cop Production Budget". The-Numbers.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Beverly Hills Cop". Box Office Mojo. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Re-Cast: Five Blockbusters Completely Changed For Their Star". Empire Magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  5. ^ Gruson, Linsey (1984-12-16). "EXIT STALLONE, ENTER EDDIE MURPHY". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  6. ^ Gruson, Linsey (1984-12-16). "20 Fascinating Facts About The ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Franchise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  7. ^ "The Greatest Films of 1984". AMC Filmsite.org. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Best Movies of 1984 by Rank". Films101.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Beverly Hills Cop, Film Review". The New York Times. April 29, 2003. Retrieved May 21, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Cinema: Eddie Goes to Lotusland". Time. December 10, 1984. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Empire's The 100 Greatest Movie Characters". Empire. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Amis Inheritance". New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Beverly Hills Cop Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made". The New York Times. April 29, 2003. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ Box Office Mojo 1984 DOMESTIC GROSSES
  16. ^ Box Office Mojo All Time Grosses R-Rated tab
  17. ^ 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.): 26. 
  18. ^ "Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies of All Time". Boston.com. July 25, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies"". listsofbests.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  20. ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies Nominees
  21. ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains Nominees
  22. ^ The Movie Game Database

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