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1980s, Action, Comedy - Police

Beverly Hills Cop

Released 1984 Rating 15 in UK (R in US)
Director Martin Brest Writer/s Daniel Petrie Jr, Danilo Bach
Starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reingold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox, Steven Berkoff
Source of story An original but much rewritten and rehandled screenplay
Elevator Pitch A undisciplined Detroit detective goes on the hunt for the killers of an old friend, and the clues lead him to Beverly Hills where an old girl friend curates an art gallery. And, what do you know, the clues lead to the owner of the gallery, and a showdown at his Rodeo Drive mansion.
Content A lot of smart talk, particularly in police stations and other formal locations. Some developing buddy situations. Much gunfire with all sorts of weapons and a bit of other violence. Some gratuitous nudity in a strip club – the scene could have been in a supermarket – but less fun.
A View I remember this being a real ‘must see’ movie, but it has not quite stood the test of time. Said to be the third highest grossing ‘R’ movie of all time, but would hardly rate the rating for a bit of pole dancing today. It has made a fortune and is still worth your time if you enjoy action comedy.

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