The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 54):
27. “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)
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—Jenny Summers
Ronny Cox—Lt. Andrew Bogomil
Steven Berkoff—Victor Maitland
James Russo—Mikey Tandino
Stephen Elliott—Police Chief Hubbard
Gilbert R. Hill—Insp. Douglas Todd
Facts about the this movie:
*Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)
*Opening Weekend: $15,214,805 (USA) (9 December 1984)
*Gross: $316,360,478 (Worldwide)
*The Axel F theme was done with 3 synthesizers (a Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer as well as a Roland JX-3P synthesizer and a Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer).
*Axel Foley was originally going to be played by Sylvester Stallone or Mickey Rourke. Stallone left the project and used some of his script ideas to make Cobra. Other actors who were considered for the role of Axel Foley were Al Pacino and James Caan.
*Inspector Todd of the Detroit Police was played by then Detroit Police Department Homicide Dectective Gilbert R. Hill. Det Hill later ran and won a seat on and served as President of the Detroit City Council.
*The earliest version of the script involved a cop in East L.A. who was transferred to Beverly Hills, before evolving into the story of a cop from the East Coast who came to Beverly Hills to avenge the death of his friend. Drafts before the script was locked in (and became more of the comedy it ended up being) gave the cop's name as Axel Elly and set the out-of-Beverly Hills action in Pittsburgh.
*The T-shirt that Eddie Murphy wears in the film is from Mumford, an actual Detroit area school attended by one of the filmmakers. When film came out, the school received orders for the shirts from customers all over the world.
*The shooting script was literally pasted together from the half dozen or so scripts written for this project over the years. When they were stuck, Eddie Murphy would improvise dialog or create a scene.
*Bronson Pinchot got the accent and mannerisms for his character Serge from a crew member he worked with on a earlier project. Like his character, that crew member always said, "Don't be stupid."
*Originally, two men were supposed to be working in the art gallery scenes. When the director heard Bronson Pinchot's Serge impersonation, however, he thought it was so hysterical he scaled back the other part to give Pinchot more screen time. The second actor shows up only briefly with his shirt collar open too wide, on which Serge comments.
*Eddie Murphy improvised much of his comic lines, as did John Ashton and Judge Reinhold. Literally hundreds of takes were ruined by cast members or actors or the director himself, who were unable to stop laughing during shooting because of this. During the "super-cops" monologue, Ashton is pinching his face hard and looking down in apparent frustration. If you look closely, you can see that he is actually laughing. Reinhold put his hand in his pocket and pinched his thigh really hard to prevent himself from laughing.
*Police Chief Hubbard (Stephen Elliott) walks into his first scene carrying some rolled-up sheets of paper. It is actually one of many reworked scripts, which was given to him to memorize and rehearse only minutes before the shooting of the scene started.
*The song which plays during the strip club scene is "Nasty Girl", by Vanity, and was recommended by the real-life stripper who was hired for the scene.
*David Cronenberg was asked to direct but turned it down.
*When trying to find Foley and Rosewood, the LAPD use a "satellite tracking system" (the ancestor of the modern-day Global Positioning System or GPS). Such a system did not exist at the time and was made up to advance the plot, but later did come into existence in real life.
*The movie was written for Sylvester Stallone, with the character of Michael Tandino being his brother, and Jenny Summers being his love interest. Two weeks before filming was to start, Stallone was suddenly out and Eddie Murphy was in, prompting massive rewrites.
*The first film to have a release of over 2000 theaters in the USA.
*When asked by the producers, director Martin Brest flipped a quarter to decide whether to undertake the direction of the film or not. As the movie proved to be an enormous hit, he framed the quarter and hung it upon his wall.
*In the process of casting the characters of Rosewood and Taggart, the director paired up various finalists and asked them to do some improvisation to get a feel for the chemistry between the actors. He paired up Judge Reinhold and John Ashton and gave them the following direction: "You are a middle aged couple, married for years. You are having a conversation on an average evening." Judge Reinhold immediately picked up a nearby magazine and the two improvised the "5 pounds of red meat in his bowels" bit almost verbatim as it eventually appeared in the movie. This got them the parts.
*Many of the opening shots were filmed in real-life Detroit, unbeknownst to the "actors", who later gave their consent. In fact, Martin Brest was escorted by the police, who would refuse to follow him when they thought it was too dangerous. Brest and crew, however, soldiered on with their work, unescorted.
*When filming the scenes in the police station sequences, Eddie Murphy became very tired. The crew offered him coffee but he refused to drink any because he refuses to take drugs of any kind. Eventually, Murphy relented and took small sips of coffee to stay awake. As a result of his first caffeine intake, Murphy became very energized and ad-libbed the "super-cops" monologue.
*In one of the previous drafts written for Sylvester Stallone, Billy Rosewood was called "Siddons" and was killed off half-way through the script during one of the action scenes deemed "too expensive" for Paramount to produce. Only after Martin Brest cast Judge Reinhold and John Ashton was the decision made to keep Rosewood alive due to his chemistry with Taggart.
Why I Picked this movie #27:
1. It still hold up.
2. Funny has hell.
3. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
4. It is one of top 10 funniest movie made in the 1980’s.
5. It has Eddie Murphy from the 80’s when he was nothing but money. And he could actually make you laugh, unlike now a days.
6. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
7. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
8. Awesome cast.
9. Some of the best ad-libbing for a movie.
10. Great Script.
11. Non-stop laughing, action and drama from beginning to conclude.
12. Great car chase scenes.
13. Great drama moments.
14. Showed how great of actor Eddie Murphy could have been.
15. Great bad guy.
16. Great opening and ending to the movie.
17. Great intro. of Det. Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) it set the tone for what this character is going be for this film and part two. We will act like part three never happen. Thank you.
First time seeing it:
On VHS at home during Christmas.