Things That Bring Back Memories – Beverly Hills Cop #MondayMemories 6


Things That Bring Back Memories

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For this week’s “Things That Bring Back Memories” post, I am going to pick something in the topic of “MOVIES” and go with Beverly Hills Cop.  This movie was released in 1984, and was one that made everyone laugh.  The acting was great and it was a fun one to watch.

I crack up to think of how different people are from different areas of the world.  Sometimes, in normal life, you kind of look at someone with that questioning look on your face.  You know, the lifted brow and the question marks of what the heck in your mind.  Imagine being from Detroit and then changing over to Beverly Hills….no thanks!! ha/ha

If, for some reason, you are of an age that makes it difficult to remember Beverly Hills Cop, here’s a preview of the movie that we all saw before it came out:

Did you ever watch the Beverly Hills Cop movie when you were younger? or have you seen it on TV or Netflix later in life?  Let me know what you thought of it, and if you have any memories of it in your life!

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More Info on Beverly Hills Cop:

beverlyBeverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest, written by Daniel Petrie, Jr. and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff and Jonathan Banks appear in supporting roles.

This first film in the Beverly Hills Cop series shot Murphy to international stardom, won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Motion Picture” and was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1985. It earned $234 million at the North American domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 1984 in the U.S.

Young and reckless Detroit police detective Axel Foley’s latest unauthorized sting operation goes sour when two uniformed officers intervene, resulting in a high-speed chase through the city which causes widespread damage. His boss Inspector Douglas Todd reprimands Axel for his behavior and threatens to fire him unless he changes his ways on the force. Axel arrives at his apartment to find it has been broken into by his childhood friend, Mikey Tandino. Mikey did time in prison, but ended up working as a security guard in Beverly Hills, thanks to a mutual friend, Jenny Summers. Mikey shows Axel some German bearer bonds and Axel wonders how he got them, but chooses not to question him about it. After going out to a bar, they return to Axel’s apartment, where two men knock Axel unconscious and then confront Mikey about the bearer bonds, assault him, and kill him.

Axel asks to investigate Mikey’s murder, but Inspector Todd refuses to allow it because of his close ties to Mikey. Axel uses the guise of taking vacation time to head to Beverly Hills to solve the crime. He finds Jenny working in an art gallery and learns about Mikey’s ties to Victor Maitland, the gallery’s owner. Posing as a flower deliveryman, Axel goes to Maitland’s office and tries to question him about Mikey, but is thrown through a window by Maitland’s bodyguards and arrested. At the police station, Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Sergeant John Taggart and Detective Billy Rosewood to follow Axel. After a series of encounters, including the trio’s foiling of a robbery in a striptease bar, the three develop a mutual respect.

beverlyOn the trail of Mikey’s killers, Axel sneaks into one of Maitland’s warehouses, where he finds coffee grounds, which he suspects were used to pack drugs. He also discovers that many of Maitland’s crates have not gone through customs. After being arrested again, this time after a scuffle at Maitland’s country club, Axel admits to Bogomil that Maitland is a smuggler. Police Chief Hubbard, who has learned of Axel’s ill-advised investigative actions, orders that Axel be escorted out of town. However, Axel convinces Rosewood to pick up Jenny instead and take her with them to Maitland’s warehouse, where a shipment is due to arrive that day.

Axel and Jenny break into the warehouse and discover several bags of cocaine inside a crate. Before Axel can get this new found evidence to Rosewood, Maitland and his associates arrive. Maitland takes Jenny and leaves Axel to be killed, but after some hesitation, Rosewood enters the warehouse and rescues Axel. Taggart tracks Axel and Rosewood to Maitland’s estate, where he joins the two in their efforts to rescue Jenny and bring Maitland to justice. After wiping out most of Maitland’s men, Axel kills Maitland’s right-hand man Zack, identifying him as Mikey’s killer. With Bogomil’s help, Axel fatally shoots Maitland and rescues Jenny. Bogomil fabricates a story to Hubbard that covers for all the participants without discrediting the Beverly Hills Police force. Realizing that he will be fired in Detroit, Axel asks Bogomil to speak to Inspector Todd and smooth things over for him. Later, Taggart and Rosewood meet Axel as he checks out of his hotel, and pay his bill. Axel invites them to join him for a farewell drink, and they accept.
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Some of the Beverly Hills Cop Actors:

beverlyEddie Murphy (Axel Foley) was born April 3, 1961, and is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. He has worked as a stand-up comedian and was ranked #10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.  In films, Murphy has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs., the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls.  Murphy’s work as a voice actor in films includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in DreamWorks’ Shrek series, and the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney’s Mulan. In some films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. Strangelove and elsewhere. He has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven’s Vampire in Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his character’s father, brother, mother, and grandmother), Bowfinger, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Norbit, and Meet Dave. As of 2014, Murphy’s films have grossed over $3.8 billion in the United States and Canada box office and $6.6 billion worldwide.  In 2015, his films made him the 6th-highest grossing actor in the United States.  Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Judge Reinhold (Detective Billy Rosewood) was born May 21, 1957, and is an American actor who has starred in several Hollywood movies.  He has been in over seventy-five motion picture and television roles and enjoys a 25-year relationship with an beverlyinternational audience of all ages. His films include Stripes, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ruthless People, and Disney’s Christmas franchise, The Santa Clause 1, 2 & 3. Beverly Hills Cop 1, 2, 3 play continually internationally, making Judge a familiar presence worldwide. Fast Times and Beverly Hills Cop were voted by the American Film Institute as two of the “Top 100 American Comedies.”  Judge received an Emmy nomination for his performance as “The Close Talker” on Seinfeld, and his guest star appearances in Seinfeld and Arrested Development received two of the highest ratings on both series. Judge most recently co-starred with Bruce Campbell in the indie comedy Highly Functional (releasing in 2018) and can be seen in the new TBS comedy series, The Detour, with Jason Jones (The Daily Show).  Judge has been an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1987.

beverlyJohn Ashton (Sgt. Taggart) was born February 22, 1948, in Springfield, Massachusetts and is an American actor, best known for his roles in the films Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Midnight Run (1988).  Ashton has made numerous appearances in both television and feature films. He played Willie Joe Garr on several episodes of Dallas. Ashton also appeared in an episode of Columbo: Negative Reaction and in episode 5 of Police Squad!, “Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)”, as one of the henchmen who attacked the locksmith shop.  His early film credits included roles in An Eye for an Eye (1973), Breaking Away (1979), Borderline (1980), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Last Resort (1986) and King Kong Lives (1986). Ashton also starred as Detective Sergeant John Taggart in the first two installments of the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy, alongside Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold. He appeared as Eric Stoltz’s character’s father in the 1987 John Hughes-penned comedy-drama Some Kind of Wonderful, and worked with Hughes again in She’s Having a Baby the following year. In 1988, he co-starred in the action-comedy Midnight Run as a rival bounty hunter to Robert De Niro’s character. He also starred in Little Big League (1994) with Luke Edwards, Trapped in Paradise (1994), The Shooter (1995), Meet the Deedles (1998), Instinct (1999), and appeared in a supporting role in the 2007 drama Gone Baby Gone directed by Ben Affleck. He also played the role of Cactus Jack Slater in an episode of the 80’s t.v. show The A-Team titled Cup A Joe.  Ashton has stated that, given the proper arrangements, he would like to reprise his roles in the rumored Beverly Hills Cop IV and Midnight Run II productions.  He guest-starred opposite Beverly Hills Cop co-star Ronny Cox in an episode of Matthew Perry’s 2011 series, Mr Sunshine.


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Beverly Hills Cop Facts – Did You Know?

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To cast the roles of Rosewood and Taggart, the director paired up various finalists and asked them to do some improvisation to get a feel for their chemistry. 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 exactly as it eventually appeared in the movie.

During his tirade at the Beverly Palms Hotel, Axel pretends to be writing an article called “Michael Jackson: Sitting on Top of the World” for Rolling Stone magazine. In real life, Playboy ran an article called “Eddie Murphy: Sitting on Top of the World.”

Eddie Murphy became very tired while filming the police station sequences. The crew offered him coffee, but he refused to drink it because he refuses to take drugs of any kind. Eventually, Murphy relented and took small sips of coffee to stay awake. Murphy became very energized and ad-libbed the “super-cops” monologue.

Eddie Murphy became very tired while filming the police station sequences. The crew offered him coffee, but he refused to drink it because he refuses to take drugs of any kind. Eventually, Murphy relented and took small sips of coffee to stay awake. Murphy became very energized and ad-libbed the “super-cops” monologue.

The Axel Foley theme was done with three synthesizers: a Roland Jupiter 8, a Roland JX-3P, and a Yamaha DX-7.

 


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6 Comments on "Things That Bring Back Memories – Beverly Hills Cop #MondayMemories"

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Deanna U
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Haha this was such a fun movie!

Denise
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I love all the Beverly Hills Cop movies and tend to watch them whenever I see them come on! Thanks for the blast from the past 😀

Daisy
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How fun! I need to check this out again.

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