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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 * * * 1/2 Stars

The picture above is a movie title for Beverly Hills Cop
Director: Martin Brest
Year: 1984
Rated: R
Rating: * * * 1/2 Stars
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox

As a Detroit police officer gone rouge trying to avenge the death of his best friend (he does this by venturing out to Beverly Hills, CA), Beverly Hills Cop is by far, the best film to utilize Eddie Murphy's skills as a gifted comedic actor. In a role once rumored to helm Sylvester Stallone in the lead, Murphy as wisecracking detective Axel Foley gives his best performance in what I consider his best movie to date.

Expertly plotted and directed with controlled craftsmanship by Martin Brest (director of Scent of a Woman), this was a monster box office hit and it spawned 2 more sequels ("Cop" II is pretty solid but "Cop III" is the one you should skip). Watch for the scene where Foley makes a sort of off-duty arrest in a strip club. This is one of the more memorable moments in 80's cinema.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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