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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action,Comedy,Crime,Drama,Thriller
USA / English
"The Heat Is On! "
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
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
Director: Martin Brest
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer,Don Simpson
Writer: Danilo Bach,Daniel Petrie Jr.
One of my all-time favorites: witty, warm, and very funny!
Martin Brest has only made five feature films (Going in style, BHC, Midnight run, Scent of a woman, and Meet Joe Black), films strikingly different from one another, but that all share certain traits. They are finely crafted, energetic, and extraordinarily human. The warmth and friendship shine through, even through the gun- and fist-play which are obligatory in a cops-and-robbers movie. This is one of the first and best prototypes of the buddy movie.

Brest's casting is superb, and he elicits performances which are often the best of even young actors' careers. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Ronnie Cox are outstanding, and the ensemble clicks like a well-oiled infield. To me, this movie is still far and away Eddie Murphy's best performance. He is remarkably talented, a comic genius. As an actor, his expressions are sometimes outlandish, but always completely in character, and appropriate to the dramatic situation. Villain Victor Maitland (played by Steven Berkoff, the husband of Alberta Watson, Madeline in La Femme Nikita) is chillingly underplayed; the cold-blooded evil shines through the civilized facade.

BHC is one of the few movies which I can watch with my loved ones again and again and never tire. Even as a comedy, it has a solidness and integrity which make it extremely durable. I look forward eagerly to Martin Brest's next film. Meanwhile, I always have Beverly Hills Cop.

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Nr of disks/tapes:1
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Movie
Imdb rating: 7.2
Musician: Harold Faltermeyer
Running time: 105 min
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3