Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
USA, 1984. Paramount Pictures, Eddie Murphy Productions, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Story by Danilo Bach, Daniel Petrie Jr., Screenplay by Daniel Petrie Jr.. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson. Music by Harold Faltermeyer. Production Design by Angelo P. Graham. Costume Design by Tom Bronson. Film Editing by Arthur Coburn, Billy Weber.
After a few good box office hits in the early eighties, Eddie Murphy became a bona fide movie star with this smash success. He plays fast-talking Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who is delighted by a surprise visit from his California colleague (James Russo).
When his pal is murdered by an unknown assailant, Foley travels back to Beverly Hills to find out some answers behind the killing. Along the way he befriends the main suspect’s girlfriend (Lisa Eilbacher) and is tailed by two Beverly Hills police officers (Judge Reinhold, John Ashton) who have been assigned to keep Foley in line.
A terrific mix of comedy and action with a fun mystery subplot, this excellent film is the highlight of Murphy’s career until he made a huge comeback with The Nutty Professor.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Screenplay
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Eddie Murphy)