Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Bronson Pinchot
Directed by: Martin Brest
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Eddie Murphy rose to stardom as Axel Foley, a streetwise and brash young Detroit cop in this comic blockbuster that combined frenetic action, hysterical rough-edged comedy, and a chart-topping rock & roll soundtrack. When his best friend is murdered, Axel heads off to Beverly Hills in an effort to track down the killer. The resulting culture shock is only one of his difficulties: Often operating just outside the law in his determination to capture the murderer, he finds himself repeatedly clashing with the local authorities as well as his supervisor back home.
With the help of Beverly Hills detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and his partner, Sergeant Taggart (John Ashton), Axel is able to track down the killer, who turns out to be Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff), a wealthy, powerful, and respected member of the California community. It is up to Axel to outsmart the evil British criminal, who is protected inside his fortresslike mansion. Featuring hysterical supporting performances from Bronson Pinchot as Serge--an effeminate, thickly accented art gallery clerk--and comedian Damon Wayans, among others, the film is one of the funniest comedies of the 1980s.
Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Ronny Cox, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen
Directed by: Tony Scott
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
In BEVERLY HILLS COP II, Eddie Murphy is back as Axel Foley, a resourceful Detroit detective who doesn’t exactly play by the rules. When his friend Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox) is wounded in an event related to mysterious "alphabet crimes," Foley hightails it to California and hooks up with officers Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton) in an effort to stop the robberies that are creating fear in the city’s businesses and to avenge the attack on his friend.
Along the way, their investigation into the crimes leads them to a strip club, the Playboy mansion, and even the racetrack. Director Tony Scott’s (CRIMSON TIDE, TOP GUN) film offers a wild ride as Foley talks his way into and out of various scenarios. Watch for comedian Chris Rock's feature-film debut in his brief appearance as the parking valet and for Paul Reiser as Jeffrey Freidman, Axel’s partner in Detroit.
Beverly Hills Cop 3 (1994)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Hector Elizondo, Theresa Randle, Tracy Melchior
Directed by: John Landis
Eddie Murphy is back as Axel Foley, the maverick detective who took Beverly Hills by storm. When a seemingly regular bust in Detroit uncovers a deadly underground operation, Axel heads to Los Angeles to corner the criminal leader. The corrupt headquarters of the killer happen to be Wonder World, an extremely popular Southern California amusement park. Axel enlists the help of old friend Sgt. Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Jon Flint (Hector Elizondo) to hunt down the criminals, wreaking havoc at the popular park. This third installment of the popular series features some daredevil stunts on the amusement park rides and an action-packed roller-coaster finale.
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