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'''Beverly Hills Cop''' (1984)

This is the movie that made EddieMurphy a star. Axel Foley (Murphy) is a hip, street-smart detective in early 1980s UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}; as something of a [[CowboyCop loose cannon]], he's not well respected by DaChief, but the other guys on the force love him. One day, an old friend of his visits -- then ends up killed by hitmen just outside Axel's apartment. Despite being warned away from the case Axel, determined to find out what happened, takes vacation time and follows the killers' trail back to Beverly Hills, California.

HilarityEnsues as Axel adjusts to the more straight-laced world of Beverly Hills, using his comedic timing and unflappability to get himself out of some sticky situations. As he tries to build a case againt the {{Mook}}s that killed his friend back in Detroit, he manages to talk his way into (and out of) the Beverly Hills jail, his hotel, a bonded warehouse, a country club, and more. Just when he's about to crack the case, the BigBad arrives and kidnaps his [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-quite-love-interest]], Jeannette Summers (Lisa Eilbacher), forcing the Beverly Hills police detectives he's been trying to win over to come and help. The movie ends in [[StormingTheCastle a massive, scenery-chewing shootout at the villain's huge mansion]], with the local detectives learning that sometimes bending the rules isn't so bad after all.

'''Beverly Hills Cop II''' (1987)

Axel Foley is back, this time prompted to return to Beverly Hills after Captain Bogomil is gunned down in cold blood as part of a serial crime rampage. Naturally, the local police chief, Lutz, wants nothing to do with him, so he invents an elaborate cover story, first as a psychic and then later as part of a mythical intercity task force on organized crime. He's up against the "Alphabet Bandit", a man who pulls off daring crimes in broad daylight and leaves behind only a cryptic clue in the form of a coded note. With the aid of Taggart and the newly BadAss Rosewood, he traces the bad guys all over the city, including a car chase involving a cement mixer, the Playboy Mansion, and finally a shootout at an international arms smuggling depot. The film features BrigitteNielsen as Karla Fry, TheDragon.

'''Beverly Hills Cop III''' (1994)

This time, Axel is attempting to take down a car theft ring when the thieves well-armed clients shoot their way out, killing the chief. To avenge his boss, Axel follows a lead to a Los Angeles theme park which is the front for a massive counterfeiting operation. Accused of the shooting of the park's owner, he enlists the help of Rosewood and his new partner, Jon Flint, to prove his innocence and get revenge on the ringleader.
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!!''Beverly Hills Cop'' provides examples of:
* TheAllegedCar: Axel's beat up old Chevy Nova, which is apparently a RunningGag between him and Jeannette.
* AuditThreat: When Axel is caught illegally searching for evidence, he pretends to be an inspector and threatens an employee who questions his authority with an IRS audit. The employee drops his objections.
* BadOmenAnecdote: Billy explicitly calls out the BolivianArmyEnding of ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' near the end, when he and Taggart are pinned down by enemy gunfire. It's clear that he is having the time of his life while doing so. Taggart, on the other hand, is less than amused.
* BananaInTheTailpipe: To throw Taggart and Rosewood off his trail, Axel orders food delivered to their car, which is outside the hotel. While they are distracted, he borrows a bunch of bananas from an obliging fellow and stuffs them in the car's tailpipe. When they attempt to follow him, it stalls out. Bogomil reams them out for it.
* BavarianFireDrill: It starts with Axel, dressed in jeans and a hoodie, bluffing his way into a suite at the Beverly Palm Hotel by pretending to be a freelance reporter doing an exclusive interview of Creator/MichaelJackson for ''Rolling Stone'' and threatening to call the hotel staff racists. The theme continues throughout all three films.
* BigBad: Victor Maitland.
* BigDamnHeroes: Occurs twice. The first time comes after Axel tells Billy to WaitHere outside Maitland's warehouse, and Billy is subsequently forced to go rescue him. The second is when Bogomil bursts in on the MexicanStandoff between Axel and Maitland, with Jeannette as the hostage.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Taggart and Rosewood, the cops assigned to watch Axel and whom he eventually befriends.
* BikiniBar: Axel visits one with Taggart and Rosewood in tow, then ends up breaking up a robbery.
* BlackAndNerdy: The black guy on the second team assigned to shadow Axel, who has no problem lampshading it:
-->'''White Cop''': We're the first team.
-->'''Black Cop''': Yeah, and we're not gonna fall for a banana in the tailpipe.
-->'''Axel''': [nasally voice] You're not gonna fall for the banana in the tailpipe? [normal voice] It should be more natural, brother. It should flow out, like this - "Look, man, I ain't fallin' for no banana in my tailpipe!" See, that's more natural for us. You been hanging out with this dude too long.
* BlatantLies: Bogomil's cover story at the end about Axel being part of a multijurisdictional task force on organized crime is so obviously made up on the spot that the police chief is on the verge of cracking up over it, but he lets it pass given the [[SavedByTheAwesome incredible nature of the bust they've just pulled off]].
-->'''Chief:''' You actually expect me to believe that report, Lieutenant?\\
'''Bogomil:''' That's the report I'm filing, sir.\\
'''Chief:''' [looks around at the other cops] [{{beat}}] That report had better be on my desk in the morning. [leaves]\\
'''Axel:''' You were lying your ass off!
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by Rosewood during the big shootout, to Taggart's horror.
-->'''Rosewood:''' You know what I keep thinking about? You know the end of [[ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid Butch Cassidy]]? Redford and Newman are almost out of ammunition, and the whole Bolivian army is out- out in front of this little hut?\\
'''Taggart:''' Billy, I'm gonna make you pay for this.
* ByTheBookCop: The basic premise of the film is the contrast between Axel's CowboyCop methods and the by-the-book methods of the Beverly Hills police department. Over the course of the story, Taggart, Rosewood, and Bogomil all ease up to varying degrees.
** Billy starts to idolize Axel and, in the second film, [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] to emulate him.
** Taggart learns to trust his instincts and act on probable cause, but he's always angry about it.
** Bogomil lies blatantly to the police chief in order to cover for Axel at the end.
* CastTheExpert: The role of Detroit police inspector Douglas Todd was played by RealLife Detroit police detective Gilbert Hill.
* CatchPhrase: Axel: "Trust me!" Jeffrey: "This is not my [locker/office]!" Todd: "You're damn right!"
* TheCavalry: The entire Beverly Hills police force shows up just in the nick of time to rescue Taggart and Rosewood.
* CharacterDevelopment: Both Rosewood and Taggart have moments when they are forced to abandon their ByTheBookCop methods in order to rescue Axel and Jeannette, respectively.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Billy shows symptoms of this, with Taggart getting to play straight man to his bizarre non-sequiturs.
-->'''Billy:''' Oh, my god. It says here that, by the age of 40, the average American [[TooMuchInformation has more than ten pounds of undigested red meat in his bowels]].
* ClusterFBomb: Axel's speech is littered with profanity, which is deliberately contrasted with the Beverly Hills cops' elaborate politeness. When Axel is first being interrogated, his F-bomb gets him punched in the stomach by Taggart, after which Bogomil offers to allow him to press charges. Axel is visibly surprised by this.
* CowboyCop: In the opening, Axel is running a sting operation with a truckload of stolen cigarettes. The problem is that he didn't tell anyone he was doing so, leading to a beat cop blowing the deal. Inspector Todd chews him out over this, implying that it's hardly the first time he's gone off without authorization.
* DaChief: Foley's boss, Inspector Todd, who was played by an actual Detroit cop.
-->'''Axel''': Wait a second, look. I just thought, that if there was a problem -
-->'''Todd''': Don't think, Axel! It makes my ''dick itch''!
** Also, Chief Hubbard of the Beverly Hills Police Department. He has a different style than Todd, but is just as stern.
* DeadpanSnarker: Taggart and Billy exchange straight man and funny guy roles throughout the film, but usually it's Taggart snarking at something Billy says. Axel also alternates between deadpan and overtly laughing at the antics of the Beverly Hills cops.
* DestinationDefenestration: Axel: "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I was thrown. Through. A fucking. Window!]]"
* TheDragon: Zack is Maitland's bodyguard and apparent enforcer-in-chief; Axel flips him into a buffet table in their first encounter, and shoots him dead in their last.
* EvilBrit: Maitland
* FormerTeenRebel: Axel, who "fractured an occasional law".
* FreezeFrameBonus: If you frame-by-frame the scene where Axel throws Zack over the buffet table, you can [[ObviousStuntDouble clearly see the faces of their stunt doubles.]]
* FunnyForeigner: Serge, one of Jeannette's employees at the gallery, has a truly absurd accent that goes [[UnexplainedAccent entirely unexplained]].
%%* HollywoodCalifornia
* HollywoodLaw: See the Headscratchers page.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: By the time Eddie Murphy was attached to the project, the script had been shopped around considerably and rewritten several times. Many of the funniest scenes just resulted from Eddie and the other actors improvising in place of the scripted lines.
* IgnoringBySinging: After messing up the cigarette sting operation Axel is bothered by Jeffrey. Alex uses the "la la la" version while trying to get Jeffrey to stop.
-->'''Foley''': I am not listening to you.
-->'''Jeffrey''': Great. Real mature.
-->'''Foley''': I am not listening to Jeffrey, but he's still talking.
-->'''Jeffrey''': I hate when you do that.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Maitland's goons apparently trained on how to shoot up statuary rather than people; despite rocking out at full-auto with their Uzis, they can't hit ''anything''.
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* ItCameFromBeverlyHills: If the title didn't clue you in already, most of the film's action takes place in Beverly Hills and its environs.
* JurisdictionFriction: Axel has no jurisdiction in Beverly Hills but manages to bluff his way through an investigation with a quick badge flash and/or [[BavarianFireDrill straight-up lying]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: The instrumental piece "Axel F" has become a sort of national anthem for TheEighties.
* LemmingCops: When the Beverly Hills cops are driving en masse into Maitland's mansion, some of his mooks try [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere a getaway]] only to crash and cause the entire line of police cars to get into a chain of rear-end collisions, and Bogomil to break his ByTheBookCop face to exclaim, "Oh, ''[[PrecisionFStrike shit!]]''"
* LetsGetDangerous: Detective Billy Rosewood is generally a nice guy, although somewhat naive and dim-witted. Do ''not'' aim, or worse yet, fire, a gun at him. You will see the flash, the bullet will kill you, and your dead ears will never hear the report. He never needs a second shot.
* MexicanStandoff: Occurs briefly at the end of the first movie, with Axel squaring off against Maitland, with Jeannette as hostage. [[spoiler:Bogomill breaks it up by [[BigDamnHeroes entering the scene]], giving her an opportunity to break free and giving the two cops a clear shot.]]
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A gangland style murder and some German bearer bonds lead Axel to uncover a large cocaine smuggling operation.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Beverly Hills police have some traits of this, but come around in the end.
* ObfuscatingStupidity:
** Not exactly intentional on his part, but the police and criminals of Beverly Hills alike mistake Axel's less than textbook approach as ignorance and stupidity. That doesn't stop him from taking advantage of their underestimation.
** He also deliberately uses a "foolish black man" act several times to get past people by convincing them he's just a simpleminded servant.
* OnlyAFleshWound: When Axel gets shot in the shoulder by Maitland, he keeps going on one arm. It's even {{lampshaded}} near the end.
-->'''Chief Hubbard:''' "What is that man doing here?"
-->'''Axel:''' "[[MathematiciansAnswer Bleeding, sir]]."
* PantsPositiveSafety: Axel keeps his service automatic shoved into his belt, behind his back.
* PlayingDrunk: While in the bar, Axel pretends to be drunk to make an armed robber think he's harmless and get close enough to take him out.
* PrecisionFStrike: When the Beverly Hills cops curse, it's a sign of a significant OOCIsSeriousBusiness moment.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Inspector Bogomil, who in some early scenes is 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, upon learning that two of his officers joined Axel in StormingTheCastle, he sends in the entire Beverly Hills Police department to back them up.
-->'''Dispatcher:''' Sir, reports of shots fired, same location. 609 Palm Canyon Road.
-->'''Bogomil:''' Put it out as a nine-nine-eight! Officers need assistance... undercovers on scene!
-->'''Dispatcher:''' Sir?
-->'''Bogomil:''' Do it! I want all North End units to roll, South End units stay in their location! Damn...
* TheRedStapler: Axel's T-shirt, which became an instant best seller.
* SavedByTheAwesome: It's strongly implied that the reason the police chief lets Bogomil get away with his BlatantLies at the end is the magnitude of the drug bust that was just made.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Some of Maitland's security goons try a getaway upon realizing that the entire Beverly Hills police force is on its way into the mansion.
* SignatureLaugh: Axel, so much that it was used in all the advertising.
* StealingFromTheHotel: Axel ''loves'' his hotel's bathrobes. When Taggart offers to buy him one to take home, he tells them he's already got a couple in his bags.
* StormingTheCastle: Maitland's mansion, with one of the most hilarious shootout scenes ever filmed.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Axel gets into a Federal Customs facility merely by hopping a fence, then flashing his badge to the first person he sees and ordering everyone around. They assume that, if he's inside the perimeter, he must belong inside the perimeter.
* TalkToTheFist: Taggart gut-punches Axel after the latter drops an f-bomb during an interview; this showcases just how different they are that Axel can provoke a ByTheBookCop to violence.
-->'''Taggart:''' Who are we going to believe, a respected local businessman, or a loud-mouthed jerk from out of town?\\
'''Axel:''' Loud-mouthed? Fuck you, man.\\
'''Taggart:''' [punches him]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Maitland gets shot something like twenty times when one or two would have been more than enough.
* ThrowItIn: There's a moment where Maitland has Axel and Jenny cornered and is deciding what to do with them when he stop in his tracks and makes a face. In reality the actor was reacting to something Eddie Murphy ad-libbed but was removed in editing. They kept in his reaction because it made Maitland seem even more sinister and unhinged.
* TapOnTheHead: One of Maitland's {{mooks}} knocks Axel out before Mikey is killed. He later taunts Axel about it while beating him up.
-->'''Casey:''' "How's that little bump on the head I gave you in Detroit? Healed up nice, I hope."
* UnexplainedAccent: Serge's bizarre accent is unremarked upon by everyone except Axel.
* VillainBall: Much of the plot depends on Victor Maitland being a moron. See the Headscratchers page for more detail.
* WaitHere: Axel tells Billy to wait outside the bonded warehouse, as he doesn't have probable cause to enter. When it becomes obvious that Axel and Jeannette are in trouble, Billy is forced to decide whether he's willing to go outside the book in order to save them, setting up his moment of CharacterDevelopment.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Axel's friend Mikey gets offed in the opening act to set up the plot.

!!''Beverly Hills Cop II'' provides examples of:
* AccidentalAimingSkills: When Rosewood blows up the arms truck with an M72 LAW.
-->'''Rosewood:''' (holding the launcher on his lap and reading the instructions) "...Aim through here, push this."\\
[whooosh... KABOOOM!]\\
'''Taggart:''' "Fuck Rambo."
* AccidentalMisnaming: As a RunningGag, Lutz ''cannot'' remember Rosewood's name.
* BadassLongcoat: Rosewood carries one in the trunk of his car, waiting for an opportune moment to use it.
* BigBad: Maxwell Dent.
* BigDamnHeroes: Taggart and Rosewood get to rescue Axel from Karla Fry, after he's just taken down Dent.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Cop]]: Rosewood is even odder in this film than in the first, having turned into an [[DrivesLikeCrazy insane driver]] and a GunNut with a WallOfWeapons.
* TheCameo: HughHefner appears when Axel, Billy and Taggart track the BigBad to the Playboy mansion.
* CarFu: Attempted by the BigBad against Axel, which fails after he shoots Dent through the head. However, the collision puts Axel down long enough [[spoiler:for [[DragonTheirFeet Karla Fry]] to get the drop on him, allowing Taggart and Rosewood to play BigDamnHeroes]].
* CriminalMindGames: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in II, as the "alphabet crimes" are actually a RedHerring to cover up Dent's robbery of his own properties to finance his arms smuggling.
* DragonTheirFeet: Karla Fry survives Dent by about ten seconds of screentime.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Rosewood insists that a traffic light is green, while Taggart correctly points out that it's red. Axel, in the back seat, helpfully offers a compromise: "It was yellow!"
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Axel recovers the secondary {{Big Bad}}'s fingerprint from one.
* GunNut: Billy has a lot of guns. Made especially funny because of his CloudCuckoolander ways, when he's stated that he's trying to create a 'stress-free' environment at home.
* GunsAkimbo: Billy, with ''dual pump-action shotguns'', at the climactic shootout. Only fires that way once, though.
* HandCannon: Billy upgrades to one after the shootout at the nightclub, startling and impressing Axel.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Dent's goons are unable to hit the heroes despite shooting at them on full auto at a range of less than 100 feet. Nor do they appear to have any grasp of tactics, such as suppression and flanking. Nor do they get the idea to pick up any of the heavy weapons that are close to hand.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A serial crime spree leads Axel to uncover an international arms smuggling ring.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Lutz ends up getting fired by the police commissioner after publicly botching the Alphabet Bandit investigation and trying to push the blame onto his subordinates.
* OverlyNervousFlopSweat: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Axel Foley when he's pretending to deliver "sound seeking projectiles" to try to bluff his way into a gun club run by the BigBad. He splashes water on his face making it look like he's sweating buckets.
* RareGuns: The .44 Automag used in the Adriano's job. The shells recovered from the scene become a plot point.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Bogomil and Axel appear to have become quite good friends since the last movie; getting him out of the way is necessary both to motivate Axel and so that Lutz can come in and portray the {{Jerkass}} boss.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Billy keeps at least three in the back of his car and {{DualWield}}s two of them. Taggart is GenreSavvy enough to take one with him.
* StatuesqueStunner: Karla Fry, portrayed by Brigitte Nielsen. This is called out by all the protagonists, and her presence at one of the robberies is a plot point, as everyone remembers the "tall blonde".
* StuffBlowingUp: The truly spectacular explosion of the BigBad's shipment of illicit weapons, aboard a truck that Billy manages to destroy with AccidentalAimingSkills.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Subverted. It looks like Bogomil is going this way, but he [[MadeofIron manages to survive]] and is recovering by the end.
* TookALevelInBadass: Billy was inspired by Axel after the first film to become a gun nut. He's still not all that effective at being a badass, but at least he tries.
* TruthInTelevision: At one point, Axel uses superglue fumes to get a fingerprint from a matchbook. Using superglue fumes to detect otherwise invisible trace fingerprints is something that has been done in real life forensics investigations.
* WallOfWeapons: Both Billy's house and his car are loaded with weapons. Apparently, this all happened after the first movie, when Axel inspired him to badassery.
* [[WouldntHitAGirl Wouldn't Shoot a Girl]]: Taggart shoots Karla Fry before she can kill Axel.

!!''Beverly Hills Cop III'' provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion[=/=]CaptainErsatz[=/=]{{Expy}}: Creator/AlanYoung admitted his “Uncle" Dave Thornton character is loosely based on Scrooge [=McDuck=] and David Filby.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Annihilator 2000. It'd be a great weapon, if you can figure out how to use it properly.
* {{BFG}}: The Annihilator 2000. With [[MoreDakka machine gun]], [[StuffBlowingUp grenade (or rocket) launcher]], net launcher, [[LongList compact disk player, radio, microwave, cell phone]]... "the ultimate in urban survival gear", indeed.
* BadBoss: [=DeWald=] responds to an injured henchman's plea for assistance by kicking him out of their speeding truck and underneath the wheels of Axel's car during the opening ChaseScene.
* BigBad: Ellis [=DeWald=].
* BrandX: Wonder World, a Disneyland expy.
* CaliforniaDoubling: While still filmed in California, most of the theme park scenes were filmed nowhere near Beverly Hills or Los Angeles, but up north in Santa Clara, just south of San Francisco.
* CounterfeitCash
* FerrisWheelOfDoom
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A car theft ring were all murdered by members of what turned out to be a major counterfeiting operation.
* MookLieutenant: Holloway.
* MrAltDisney: Uncle Dave
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Axel uses a dead henchmen to trick the others where he fled.
* PunchClockVillain: The chopshop guys at the start. They don't carry guns, try not to hurt anybody, and sing along to the radio cheerfully. Even Axel didn't want to see them get hurt, and the BigBad gunning them down is clearly supposed to make us hate him more.
* RummageFail: When Axel tries to use the {{BFG}}.
* SignatureStyle: Creator/JohnLandis likes to feature celebrity cameos. For instance, Creator/GeorgeLucas is the tourist Axel cuts in front of at "The Spider".
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Inspector Todd.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Jon Flint is this to Taggart.
* SwissArmyGun: The {{BFG}} again.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [=DeWald=]
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