History Film / BeverlyHillsCop

10th Sep '17 11:19:13 AM ClintEastwood
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* SequelNonEntity: Jenny is neither seen nor mentioned in either of the sequels.
5th Sep '17 3:52:40 AM ClintEastwood
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* BatmanColdOpen: The film starts with Axel Foley undercover trying to bust a cigarette smuggling operation and turns into a big chase with him hanging from the back of a speeding semi and dozens of police cars.



* CoolGuns: Axel uses a Browning Hi-Power.
* CopsNeedTheVigilante: Detective Axel Foley isn't a cop ''in Beverly Hills''. His antics are amusing, but illegal.
* {{Corpsing}}: Eddie Murphy apparently caused plenty of this, specially because most dialogue was improvised. During the "Super Cops" scene, John Ashton is doing sort of a FacePalm to hide his laughter, while Judge Reinhold in turn was pinching his thighs through his pants pockets.



* CreepyBlueEyes: Victor Maitland has the watery blue.



* CultSoundtrack: The soundtrack with music by The Pointer Sisters and Harold Fartelmeyer became a hit album by itself.



* DeliciousDistraction: Axel successfully distracts Rosewood and Taggart on a long stakeout by sending over a lavish dinner, and uses the opportunity to sabotage their car so they can't follow him later. He does it again against Detectives Foster and [=McCabe=], but this time only uses the distraction to introduce himself.



* DonutMessWithACop: Axel distracts Detectives Foster and [=McCabe=] by sending them coffee and doughnuts, ultimately paid for by the Beverly Hills Police Department.



* FamousLastWords:
** "I'm sorry." Michael Dandino
** "Be careful old boy, you might hit me." Victor Maitland



* FishOutOfWater: Axel Foley, a streetwise Detroit police detective, must solve a murder case in swanky Beverly Hills.



* FruitCart: In the opening scene, the stolen cigarette truck hits a flatbed truck selling fruit and vegetables off the bed. As an added bonus, the spilled juice from the fruit causes a huge commuter bus to skid and spin out 180 degrees in the street.



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%%* HollywoodCalifornia* GettingTheBoot: This happens to Axel - through a glass window.



* HumanLadder: Taggart and Rosewood try this to scale a wall during the infiltration of Victor Maitland's mansion while Axel goes around. They struggle with it several times before they finally get over the wall, much to Axel's amusement.
* HumanShield: When Axel confronts Maitland at the climax, he holds Jenny Summers in front of him.
-->'''Maitland''': Be careful, old boy. You might hit me.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Inspector Todd points out to Axel that Mikey was killed by professionals. "Otherwise, your brains would be splattered alongside his." Justified both Axel and his friend were knocked out by the killers, who then put two bullets in Mikey's head. As Axel hadn't seen their faces (and they didn't know he was a policeman), they left him alone.



* IllKillYou: After Maitland has Jenny dragged out and put in his car:
--> '''Axel:''' If somethin' happens to her...
--> '''Maitland:''' Hmmm? I'm all ears.
--> '''Axel:''' I'll kill you.
--> '''Maitland:''' Really? That would be a neat trick.



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%%* ImportantCharacterImportantEvidence* IntimidatingRevenueService: While pulling a BavarianFireDrill in a bonded warehouse Axel Foley threatens a clerk who's asking awkward questions.
-->"I bet you that is your Porsche that's parked outside, isn't it? Isn't that your Porsche? Is it? How would you like me to have the IRS come down here and crawl up your fuckin' ass with a microscope? 'Cause they'll do it! I've seen them do it! It's not a pretty sight!"
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''Taggart''': We're more likely to believe an important local businessman than a foul-mouthed jerk from out of town.
-->'''Axel''': Foul-mouthed? Fuck you, man.



* MultipleGunshotDeath: After Jenny frees herself from Maitland and dives for cover, Axel and Bogomil take the opportunity to very loudly fire every bullet they have into him.



* NonSpecificallyForeign: Serge. What the heck was that accent supposed to be?



* PlatonicDelcarationOfLove: When Axel asks Michael Tandino why he once took the fall in a car theft and didn't tell the police about Axel's involvement, Tandino tells him "Because I love you, man."



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Inspector Bogomil, who in early scenes comes off as a by-the-book ObstructiveBureaucrat, proves himself one of these when he actually listens to Axel's theories about Maitland and launches an investigation. Later, he overhears that Axel and two of his officers are StormingTheCastle without authorization. Instead of getting angry, he assumes they have a good reason and responds by sending half of the Beverly Hills Police department to back them up, while arming himself to personally join the gunfight.

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* ProhibitedHeroSavesTheDay: Axel Foley is explicitly prohibited from investigating Mikey's murder. He does it anyway, and ends up taking down Victor Maitland.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Inspector Lieutenant Bogomil, who in early scenes comes off as a by-the-book ObstructiveBureaucrat, proves himself one of these when he actually listens to Axel's theories about Maitland and launches an investigation. Later, he overhears that Axel and two of his officers are StormingTheCastle without authorization. Instead of getting angry, he assumes they have a good reason and responds by sending half of the Beverly Hills Police department to back them up, while arming himself to personally join the gunfight.



* ReformedCriminal: Axel regularly notes that he "wasn't always a cop".
* RefugeInAudacity: Axel manages to get himself a luxury suite in a posh Beverly Hills hotel by claiming to be a Rolling Stone reporter and threatening to write an article claiming the hotel was racist because they "lost" his non-existent reservation.
* RobbingTheMobBank: Michael Tandino steals millions of dollars in bearer bonds from Victor Maitland. Unfortunately for him, Maitland is a major drug dealer, who sends hit men to find Tandino, recover the bonds, and execute him.
* RockStarParking: The series has several, including instances where more than one car is able to find a spot right in front of the destination.



* SoftGlass: Axel gets thrown through a window. Naturally, he's fine.



* StrangeCopInAStrangeLand: Axel is not a policeman in Beverly Hills, but rather a Detroit cop whose CowboyCop ways clash with the more straight-laced Beverly Hills PD. To be fair, his CowboyCop ways clash with his own superiors in Detroit as well.



* TryAndFollow: While driving, he spots two plainclothes cops tailing him. He stops at a traffic light and waits through the green and yellow cycles, confusing the cops. Just as the light turns red, he speeds through the intersection. By the time the cops recover from their surprise and try to give chase they're cut off by the cross traffic.



* VillainBall: Much of the plot depends on Victor Maitland being a moron. See the Headscratchers page for more detail.

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* VillainBall: Much of the plot depends on Victor Maitland being a moron. See If he had just played dumb and told Axel that he had no idea who would want to kill Michael Tandino, that, yes, he uses bearer bonds in his business all the Headscratchers page time, which is completely normal in the art world, and no, he has no idea why Michael would have brought bearer bonds with him to Detroit, that would have been the end of the movie, as Axel at that point had no real basis of suspicion against him. Instead, he calls in a group of thugs to his office to have Axel thrown out, as in literally thrown through a plate glass window, at which point Axel is certain that Maitland is behind it all. Then there's the fact that when Maitland catches Axel and Jenny in one of his warehouses, having discovered a crate of cocaine, instead of having them both killed then and there, when he has them completely at his mercy, he kidnaps Jenny, taking her back to his house, while leaving Axel there not to be killed, at least not right away, but first to be beaten up by two thugs. That of course leaves enough time for more detail.Billy to rescue Axel, and for Axel, Billy, and Sgt. Taggart to rescue Jenny. If Maitland had had a triple-digit IQ, the movie would have been much shorter.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Taggart hates machine guns.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Taggart Rosewood hates machine guns.guns.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Victor Maitland's line to Axel Foley:
-->"Now listen to me, my tough little friend. I don't know from under what stone you crawled, or where you get these ridiculous ideas about me, but it seems painfully obvious you haven't the slightest fucking idea who you're dealing with. Now, my advice to you is crawl back to your little stone in Detroit before you get squashed."
16th Jul '17 9:20:29 AM Darkmage7280
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: The crook driving the cigarette truck deliberately rams into multiple cars for his amusement.
30th Jun '17 5:34:21 AM falcon2484
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** After the banana-in-the-tail-pipe incident, Axel drags Taggart and Rosewood to a strip club when he knows both officers are on-duty. They happen to foil a robbery while they're there (Axel does a good chunk of the work), and all three are dragged back to the station to explain to Bogomil why they were there. Axel tries to cover for them by claiming that they simply followed him to the strip club and apprehended the would-be robbers on their own and calls them "super-cops" but [[HonorBeforeReason Taggart denies this and ends up telling the truth instead]]. Axel Lampshades this by stating that his "super-cop story" was actually working before they "fucked it up", earning a BlinkAndYoullMissIt smile from Bogomil.

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** After the banana-in-the-tail-pipe incident, Axel drags Taggart and Rosewood to a strip club when he knows both officers are on-duty. They happen to foil a robbery while they're there (Axel does a good chunk of the work), and all three are dragged back to the station to explain to Bogomil why they were there. Axel tries to cover for them by claiming that they simply followed him to the strip club and apprehended the would-be robbers on their own and calls them "super-cops" but [[HonorBeforeReason Taggart denies this and ends up telling the truth instead]]. Axel Lampshades this by stating that his "super-cop story" was actually working before they "fucked it up", earning a BlinkAndYoullMissIt [[FreezeFrameBonus Blink and You'll Miss It]] smile from Bogomil.
26th Jun '17 7:41:06 PM Ohio9
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** One of the robbers in the strip club wields a sawed-off double barrel shotgun.

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** One of the The robbers in the strip club wields a sawed-off double barrel shotgun.are both armed with shotguns.
26th Jun '17 7:39:26 PM Ohio9
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** One of the robbers in the strip club wields a sawed-off double barrel shotgun.
26th Jun '17 7:37:09 PM Ohio9
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* WeaponOfChoice: Axel's Browning Hi-Power handgun.

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* WeaponOfChoice: Axel's Browning Hi-Power handgun.handgun, which he carries in all three Beverly Hills Cop films
26th Jun '17 7:33:05 PM Ohio9
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* PantsPositiveSafety: Axel keeps his service automatic shoved into his belt, behind his back. Jeffrey and Inspector Todd do this as well.

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* PantsPositiveSafety: Axel keeps his service automatic shoved into his belt, behind his back. Jeffrey and Inspector Todd do this as well. It is somewhat surprising to see Todd carry his gun in this manner, since the actor who plays him (Gilbert Hill) was a police detective in real life.
13th Jun '17 10:59:33 AM bt888
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* BadassBoast: Axel very calmly and softly tells Maitland, "Y'know, Victor, I know that you're into a lot of crooked shit, and I have a pretty good idea that you had Mikey killed, and when I find out for sure, I'm gonna fuck you up real bad."
11th Apr '17 4:25:38 PM MrKosta
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* UncleTomfoolery: {{Subverted}}. Axel sometimes acts foolishly, but it's always a ploy to get advantage of someone.
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