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Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987)
Eddie Murphy is back as Axel Foley, Detroit detective transplanted into L.A. for more misadventures with Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) & Taggart (John Ashton) in 1987′s ‘Beverly Hills Cop 2‘. Foley returns to L.A. to investigate the near-death shooting of Lt. Bogomil (Ronny Cox) and help investigate the “alphabet crimes” and bizarre string of burglaries that are going on.
Most of the original cast is back for round two, but this time Maxwell Dent (Jurgen Prochnow) and his right-hand henchwoman Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen) are calling the shots from the wrong side of the law. Of course, it’s up to Axel & pals to prove it and stop the madness as they investigate their way through the Playboy mansion and other locales trying to figure out just what the hell is really going on. Add in some Gilbert Gottfried and more Paul Reiser, you have a sequel that was directed by the fantastic Tony Scott, fresh from directing Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun‘ a year earlier. The action is ramped up, the jokes come fast and furious, this is one sequel that is on par (if not better) than the first one. Yes, even the catchy theme music is back once again.
This film is much flashier than the first entry, actually quite impressive from a visual standpoint. The beautiful backdrop of L.A. is well showcased as Axel travels around to every conceivable location to investigate, makes you kind of wish you were there. Joke-wise, there are plenty things to laugh at but nothing as original as in the first film. Eddie Murphy is clearly having a blast returning to the role that made him a superstar and it shows. Another actor happy to be back in his role is Judge Reinhold, ramping up his over-the-top enthusiasm with a stronger penchant for weapons of mass destruction. I think I know someone like him…
Highly enjoyable and a blast from start to finish for fans of buddy cop flicks, here’s some memorable sound quotes from 1987′s ‘Beverly Hills Cop 2‘:
While the first one is considered a classic, I can’t help but re-watch this sequel more often. There’s something about it that never really gets old, perhaps that is the appeal of a Tony Scott film as he has that ability to make a lasting impression on the viewer. Some would say it’s the nostalgia factor, and there may some truth to that. Most of the films I saw in my youth were inspirational and memorable and ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ films are no exception (even though the third was a turd). On a related note, if you ever catch this film edited on TV after you’ve seen the full R-rated version you may laugh even harder at the horrible dubbing.
Pop Quiz, Hotshot: Did you know that Paramount wanted to make a TV series after the enormous success of the first movie but Eddie Murphy refused to go back to television? It’s true! Also, that awesome scene at the end of the film when Rosewood shows off the cache of weapons in the trunk of his car is a reference to exactly what happened when he met producer Don Simpson for the first time.
This movie is great, but don’t just take my word for it. We have created a Beverly Hills Cop 2 Sound Quote Collection Page with all the best and funniest audio clips from the film, all for you. Because we care. Feel free to share your own favorite lines from the movie on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, the list can go on and on. We have a plethora of embeddable players for you to utilize in any fashion you’d like, check them out!