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Beverly Hills Cop

Eddie Murphy , Judge Reinhold , Martin Brest    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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While its sequels were formulaic and safe, the first Beverly Hills Cop set out to explore some uncharted territory and succeeded. A blend of violent action picture and sharp comedy, the film has an excellent director, Martin Brest (Scent of a Woman), who finds some original perspectives on stock scenes (highway chases, police rousts) and hits a gleeful note with Murphy while skewering LA culture. Good support from Judge Reinhold and John Ashton as local cops not used to doing things the Detroit way (Murphy's character hails from the Motor City). Paul Reiser has a funny, brief moment at the beginning and Bronson Pinchot makes an hilarious impression in a great, never-to-be-duplicated scene with the star. --Tom Keogh

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This is one of those simple movies that is so deceptively good, you don't realize how good it is. I have probably unintentionally seen this movie 30 times. Every single time it is on TV, I end up stopping whatever it is I was doing and end up watching it to the end, even though I know who the bad guys are and how it ends.
Murphy is Axel Foley, a Detroit police detective. His boss, Inspector Todd, is portrayed by real life Gilbert Hill, a semi-famous police detective in his own right. "Mad About You" creator and star Paul Riser has a small role as Foley's fellow detective. Todd is always threatening Foley with termination due to his costly methods of crime busting.
When his friend Mikey Tandino (James Russo) arrives from Beverly Hills to Detroit to visit with his childhood friend, Foley, Mikey gets murdered. Foley is hit on the head during the hit on his friend, but is otherwise unscathed.
Because of his relationship with Mikey, a guy with a lengthy record of minor petty thefts, Todd assigns another detective to the murder and orders Foley to stay away. Lacking confidence in the skills of the assigned detective, and determined to get justice for his friend, Foley takes a "vacation" and goes to Beverly Hills to see if there is a connection.
The plot is more than just some laughs and gun fire - you truly feel like you are part of Team Foley, investigating the case. Does the murder involve the German Bearer Bonds that Tandino had on him when he was murdered? Is it about U.S. Customs? Is it about cocaine? Is it about expensive art? There are so many different aspects interwoven, a first time viewer is really taken for a ride.
From the get-go, you know who the bad guys are - but will they be caught, and why did they kill Mikey?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy has an inimitable laugh June 16 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Director: Martin Brest
Format: Color
Studio: Paramount Studio
Video Release Date: July 8, 1997
Eddie Murphy ... Det. Axel Foley
Judge Reinhold ... Det. William 'Billy' Rosewood
John Ashton ... Det. Sgt. John Taggart
Lisa Eilbacher ... Jeannette 'Jenny' Summers
Ronny Cox ... Lt. Andrew Bogomil
Steven Berkoff ... Victor Maitland
James Russo ... Mikey Tandino
Jonathan Banks ... Zack, Maitland's Thug
Stephen Elliott ... Police Chief Hubbard
Gilbert R. Hill ... Insp. Douglas Todd
Art Kimbro ... Det. Foster
Joel Bailey ... Det. McCabe
Bronson Pinchot ... Serge
Paul Reiser ... Jeffrey
Michael Champion ... Casey
Frank Pesce ... Cigarette Buyer
Gene Borkan ... Cigarette Truck Driver
Michael Gregory ... Beverly Palms Hotel Manager
Alice Cadogan ... Beverly Palms Hotel Clerk
Philip Levien ... Donny
Karen Mayo-Chandler ... Maitland Receptionist
Gerald Berns ... Beverly Hills Cop #1
William Wallace ... Beverly Hills Cop #2
Israel Juarbe ... Room Service Waiter
Randy Vasquez ... Beverly Palms Hotel Bellhop
Damon Wayans ... Banana Man
Charles Adamson ... Warehouse Crate Opener #1
Chip Heller ... Warehouse Crate Opener #2
Rick Overton ... Bonded Warehouse Night Supervisor
Rex Ryon ... Bonded Warehouse Security Guard
Mike Pniewski ... Bonded Warehouse Clerk #1
Douglas Warhit ... Bonded Warehouse Clerk #2
Paul Drake ... Strip Club Holdup Man #1
Tom Everett ... Strip Club Holdup Man #2
Sally Kishbaugh ... Strip Club Waitress
Barry Shade ... Harrow Club Valet
Jack Heller ... Harrow Club Maitre D'
Michael Harrington ... Harrow Club Arresting Officer
David Wells ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Of, if not, Eddie's Best Movies June 10 2004
I'll skip beating around the bush with another review about the movie and go onto the bonus features...
The bonus features are pretty good, You get the usual 5.1 surround, widescreen ect... I dont consider them a bonus... but you also get a lengthly extra from the cast members, most of the cast is on the interveiws! And its really interesting to find out about the stuff that what could have been the Beverly Hills Cop direction, when you discover it was originaly going to be casting Sly Stallone as the lead! Wonder what would have become of the movie with him as the lead? And also alot of other interesting things about the movie are on there that make it worth purchasing!
The audio commentary does give a few insightfull looks into the film! I had no idea Damon Wayans was in the film!!!! So it's actualy got some interesting things on the commentary!
The other stuff like location talk, or music talk, ect is kinda boring to me, but you might get a kick out of it? But overall, the only thing stopping me from giving this a perfect 5 is that they talked alot about how they had a few deleted scenes, and apparently a very, very large amount of out-takes where the cast and even crew couldnt contain there laughter and where rueining the takes because things where just too funny! And I was hoping to see them... so without Deleted scenes and Out-takes, i rate it just one star lower, it really should have had them... but maybe they dont exsist anymore? I dont know.
Overall, yes, it's a great price for a great movie, and well worth getting to replace your old VHS version!
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Cast: Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition worth the price
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Published on March 16 2004 by J.C. Correa
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my ALL-TIME favorites
Eddie Murphy is tremendous. He doesn't over act or try to over do anything basically. He is simply amazing in this movie. Read more
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