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Following his unexpected breakthrough in 48 HRS., Eddie Murphy leapfrogged into superstardom as a firebrand Detroit detective whose search for his best friend's killer leads him to the ludicrously posh Los Angeles enclave.
Following his unexpected breakthrough in 48 HRS., Eddie Murphy leapfrogged into superstardom as Axel Foley, a firebrand Detroit detective whose search for his best friend's killer leads him to the West Coast. Foley's maverick style irks an LAPD lieutenant (eighties mainstay Ronnie Cox), who assigns two by-the-book locals (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton) to the hopeless task of babysitting the streetwise, smart-talking Foley. With the two starched-shirt dicks trailing in his wake, Foley traces the killing to a local art dealer/drug kingpin (Steven Berkoff), and quickly transforms the ludicrously posh Los Angeles enclave into a shooting gallery. The number-one box-office draw of 1984 (followed closely by Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters), spawning two sequels, an upcoming TV series, and even yielding a hit soundtrack album anchored by Harold Faltermeyer's unnervingly catchy, synth-driven title tune, Beverly Hills Cop cannily mixed Murphy's electric comic persona with high-octane, straight-up action thrills, a fifty-fifty split of gags and guns that set the template for action comedies for years to come.