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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta, Eugene Collier, Jimmy Ortega
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Daniel Petrie Jr., Danilo Bach, Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: Catherine Meyers, Leslie Belzberg, Mace Neufeld, Mark Lipsky
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 1 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303248209
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,984 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Third time is not quite the charm for Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley when he heads for L.A. once again to avenge a friend's murder. This time he's off to the Disneyesque WonderWorld, apparently the most hazardous theme park in America despite an army of shady security agents. John Landis directed Murphy in his first film hit, Trading Places, and would seem a good match for this mix of action and comedy, but his sense of fun only emerges in a few scenes (chubby mechanics do a gymnastic Blues Brothers number to a Diana Ross tune) and his action direction is sloppy and shockingly violent. It seems wrong for the comic tone, and Murphy should have his foul mouth washed out with soap. On the plus side, Bronson Pinchot returns as Serge and all but upstages Murphy in two brief but hilarious scenes. --Sean Axmaker

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: VHS Tape
I can honestly say that this was one of the few times I've ever wanted to walk out of a movie in the theater (my friends prevented me from doing so). Eddie Murphy hadn't made a funny movie in quite a while prior to this, and I remember figuring he was due (besides, how could you mess this up?). But I was wrong... the plot is idiotic, the "action" scenes are childish, and the only two near-giggles are Bronson Pinchot's art dealer, and maybe Hector Elizondo howling "Turn off that !#$*% song!!". Seriously though, the movie's whole premise - Axel getting all choked up over the murder of his boss, who had spent the first two films reaming him out, is both far-fetched and completely out of line with what the series had been. Worse still is the ... family-style veneer (were they trying to attract 5-year-olds by sending Axel to save cartoon characters in a theme park?) The first two movies got great mileage out of skewering 1980's pop-culture and Beverly Hills excess by dropping a rag-tag player from Detroit in the middle and letting him run circles around them. All of that fun is missing here.
Action-comedies can be great fun when done well, because humor and danger tend to bounce well off each other. Unfortunately, this film is utterly devoid of either.
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By Axel Law on Feb. 10 2003
Format: DVD
After the successful Beverly Hills Cop and its sequel, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer opted not to produce the third installment. You can almost see why it hurt this one. Eddie Murphy is terrific, and so are Judge Reinhold (the only other character to appear in the other two films) and Hector Elizando. John Landis directs this time around, and while he is a worthy choice, he was handed a lousy script by Steven E. de Souza ("Die Hard," "Street Fighter the Movie"). Also, Harold Faltermeyer is not onboard as the score composer, so that took part in setting the different tone from the other two. The film is kinda strange in the fact that it doesn't quite know whether to be an action film or a comedy; director Martin Brest made a marriage of the two in the first film (and in other films as well) and even Tony Scott managed it well to some degree in the second one. The best part is Bronson Pinchot's cameo returning to the role of Serge. But overall, the film just doesn't feel like Beverly Hills Cop and I'm not really sure why it doesn't.
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Format: DVD
John Landis who brought us the ambitious THE BLUES BROTHERS and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON directs this last BEVERLY HILLS COP installment. It would be unfair to say that he ruined the series as the previous installment, (COP 2) was mostly putrid. COP 3 is closer in spirit to the original, putting more focus on potential comedy and less on slick action.
Again, The film starts out in gritty Detroit, Michigan where Axel Foley is leading a bunch of Detroit Police on a raid that goes sour. This one results in the death of his Chief Inspector Todd (Played wonderfully in all three films by an actual police chief.) And all of the evidence points to a theme park in Southern California, WONDER WORLD. All right, its not exactly Beverly Hills but the series has become a cartoon so its close enough. He again teams up with Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) but Taggart (John Ashton) has retired. It appears he became unavailable at the last minute and was replaced by Hector Elizondo. All of that doesn't matter any more, especially after a totally ridiculous appearance by Bronson Pinchot as "Serge". He was hysterical in the first film, now he represents a desperate attempt to recapture the magic.
Landis has the most fun in creating his own 'Disneyland'-esque theme park. Filmed at the Paramount Theme Park and Universal Studios Theme Park, he succeeds in creating WONDER WORLD, equipped with its own repetitive theme song written by Disney composers the Sherman Brothers (It's a Small World, MARY POPPINS). He also has fun by casting other film directors in cameo roles. Joe Dante, Arthur Hiller, Robert and Richard Sherman and most recognizably George Lucas make appearances.
The DVD is part of a new Special Edition release of the "COP" trilogy and has a nice audio/video transfer. Its supplemental features include a half hour cast and crew interview and some music videos. There are rumors of Axel Foley returning for yet a fourth BEVERLY HILLS COP.
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Format: VHS Tape
a truly awful film. the first is my favourite film and the second, although not as good, still gets regular viewings but this is an insult to movie-watchers. eddie murphy reputedly turned down the role three times due to the atrocious script and eventually only took the part because of the ludicrous amount of money on offer to him. the absence of john ashton as the perfect foil for judge reinhold is a travesty and his replacement (who's also the bad guy, whoops sorry, spoiled the film, but don't worry, john landis did that for me) is so see-through it is unbelievable. i urge you not to buy this film. the first two? yes. if you want eddie murphy stuff, go for coming to america or the 48hrs films (not classics, but better than this). how anyone could say eddie's best role was in bowfinger (see earlier review) beggars belief. that's an appalling film as well, and possibly eddie's worst ever role. the first bhc film is his best, just watch the scene at the buffet meal when he says "tell victor that ramone, the man he met last week, found out he's got herpesemplex 10 so he better get to the clinic before things start falling off on the brother" in a camp voice. genius.
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