Beverly Hills Cop III [Import]
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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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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.
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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Counterfeiters have set up shop in an amusement park and have to be taken down. Bloody shoot out at the end.Published 12 months ago by ellison
Awesome to see such a classic in perfect Blu-Ray quality, plus delivery was very fastPublished 16 months ago by Adam Trefry
It brings you action and "Eddie Murphy's style" humor. Some twists are good but predictible. I would recommed it to anyone who has seen the first two movies. Read morePublished on June 21 2013 by Marcel Prince
I don't like this film because Sergant Taggart is not in the movie maybe he got fired by a guy who is a chief of Beverly Hills Police Department in Beverly Hills Cop II. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2012 by MLP Tom
3rd in the increasingly irrelevant BHC series. Marginally better than BHC2 but that's not saying much since BHC2 was landfill. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by J
This movie was just horrible. It takes place in an amusement park for one. The action was weak, the story line was weak, and the ending was just silly. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by S. M. Anderson
DESPITE A FEW NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THIS MOVIE, I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A FUN WAY FOR PARAMOUNT TO MAKE FUN OF DISNEY WORLD AND THE OVER-RATED COMPANY THAT IT HAS BECOME. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by D.W. Smith
Now this is one movie that made me want to get up and leave the movie theater! I regret paying my hard earned money to see this badly put out, predictable, boring plot.Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
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