Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people.Written by
Michael Gregory appears as the front desk manager when Axel Foley checks in. He would later appear in RoboCop (1987) as the swat team leader when the city councilman takes hostages. Both movies have "cop" in the title. See more »
After Axel Foley is arrested and the police car pulls up at Beverly Hills police station, the two officers get out. As the officers walk to the rear door to get Foley out, Foley is heard saying, "Officers, if we see any like... movie stars, could y'all stop and point them out, I never seen no shit like that." One officer is heard responding "That's enough talkin', pal.". Throughout this dialogue, the officers are outside the car, while Foley is inside, the windows are up and it is obvious Foley is not talking. See more »
Action pace and comedy by a magnificent Eddie Murphy
Axel Foley(Murphy) is a foul-mouth,street-smart and freewheeling Detroit police agent ,when a friend is murdered ,he heads to L.A. to investigate.He arrives to Beverly Hills where finds an old friend(Lisa Eilbacher) .The clues lead a mobster(Steven Berkoff)and henchman(Jonathan Banks)suspects of killing,drugs and customs bonds.He's helped by a pair of sympathetics L.A. detectives(John Ashton,Judge Reinhold) causing wreck havoc on the way.
The picture mingles action packed,thriller,fast pace,tongue in check with humor.It's a recital Eddie Murphy accompanied by two likable pals:Ashton and Reinhold creating an authentic buddy movie,besides a grouch chief(Ronny Cox).The picture contains spectacular scenes,stopped action as is usual in the Dom Simpson-Jerry Brukheimer productions.Hilarious relief at charge of Eddie Murphy but his fast talking and jokes with the buddies cause most big laughs and gags subordinated to action.This vehicle for Eddie Murphy as freelance police is terrific,it's his greatest success and became him in a world star confirming his position as number one in the box-office.Catching music with international hit smash by Harol Faltermeyer.Glimmer and atmospheric music by Bruce Surtees( classic cameraman Robert Surtees's son).The motion picture is well directed by Martin Brest.It's followed by two inferior sequels with similar actors and producers ,the second part directed by Tony Scott and the third part directed by John Landis.
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