BEVERLY HILLS COP (Movie)

12/5/1984. Wednesday. 105 minutes. Rated R.
Paramount.
Drama/Comedy/Action.
Code: BHC 12/1984

PLOT

A Detroit street cop goes to Los Angeles to track down the murderer of his friend.

CREDITS

Writer: Daniel J. Petrie, Jr.
Director: Martin Brest.

CAST

Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley
Judge Reinhold as Detective Billy Rosewood
John Ashton as Sgt. Taggert
Lisa Eilbacher as Jenny Summers
Ronny Cox as Lt. Bogomil
Steven Berkoff as Victor Maitland
James Russo as Mikey Tandino
Jonathan Banks as Zack, hired gun for Victor Maitland. Listed 8th of 46.
Bronson Pinchot as Serge
Paul Reiser as Jeffrey
Damon Wayans as Banana Man

BAD GUY

Zack is a hired gun, murderer. His murder of Mikey, Foley’s friend, gets the plot rolling. Zack whacks Mikey on the face and forehead, makes him grovel and apologize, then shoots him twice in back of head, execution-style. He also hits Foley twice in gut, hand chop to neck, then whack to head.

CHARACTER

Mean and nasty. He has a soft voice, and many scenes consist of quiet background menace. Leaning on counter, fingers to forehead, at gallery, he makes his presence known even without lines. Wipes mouth after hitting Murphy.

COMMENTS

Body throw over the buffet table is too obviously a stunt double and not JB.

COSTUME

Mostly suits and spotted ties, which the designer must love, since everyone wears them.

He has food all over him after being thrown over buffet table by Foley.

CRITICS

"Hits the mark... slick and sleek... crackling with energy... too much violence... an expert cast, expertly playing off each other as well as Murphy. …James Russo, Jonathan Banks, Gilbert R. Hill, …- bravos to them all." "...sadistic gunsels..." (describes JB) Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times, 12/5/1984, sec.VI, p.1.

Also New York Times,12/5/1984, sec.III, p.25.

Variety, 11/28/1984.

DEATH SCENE

Shot, thrown backwards into glass door. (JB cut his head on the frame while filming this.)

LINES

"But I shoulda taken care of you in Detroit, when I popped your little buddy."

SCREEN TIME

About 8 minutes in 6 scenes, throughout film.

WORKED WITH

Lisa Eilbacher (OPH 3/1979; SSS 3/1982)
Eddie Murphy (48H 12/1982)
Judge Reinhold (GRM 6/1984)