[[caption-width-right:350:''"Trust me!"'']]

''Beverly Hills Cop'' (1984) is the movie that made Creator/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.

The film was followed by two sequels: ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopII'' (1987) and ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII'' (1994).

!!''Beverly Hills Cop'' provides examples of:

* AdvertisedExtra: Mikey's actor, James Russo, is credited in the opening credits alongside Axel, Rosewood, Taggert, Jeanette and Maitland, among others. Mikey gets offed in the first fifteen minutes.
* 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 a customs inspector and threatens a bonded warehouse employee who questions his authority with a security audit. The employee drops his objections.
* 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."
* BadassInDistress: Axel is captured by Maitland's mooks in the warehouse and nearly executed. Thankfully Rosewood arrives just in time to save him.
* 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, and Foster and [=McCabe=], the team that is eventually reassigned to tail Axel, teases Billy by giving him an "anti-banana disguise" (a pair of gag glasses with a banana for a nose).
* BananaPeel: A man driving a tractor-trailer rig full of stolen cigarettes intentionally runs into a fruit truck, causing it to spill its contents all over the road. This causes a transit bus to slip on the fruit and go into a spin.
* 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 Music/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.
* BlackAndNerdy: Detective Foster, one-half of the second team assigned to shadow Axel, who has no problem lampshading it:
-->'''[=McCabe=]''': We're the first team.
-->'''Foster''': 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] Sergeant Taggart, why don't you tell me what really happened?\\
'''Taggart:''' It happened... [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight exactly the way the lieutenant said it did, sir.]]\\
'''Chief:''' [{{beat}}] Well... I guess congratulations are in order. That report had better be on my desk in the morning. [leaves]\\
'''Axel:''' You were lying your ass off!
** Maitland has his goons throw Foley through a window, and claims Foley threw himself out. The police buy Maitland's story since [[VillainWithGoodPublicity he's perceived to be much more credible]] than Axel.
** 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 [[FreezeFrameBonus Blink and You'll Miss It]] smile from Bogomil.
* 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 [[Film/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:''' [''gives Billy a DeathGlare''] Billy, I'm gonna make you pay for this.
* BookEnds: At the beginning of the movie, Inspector Todd angrily tells Axel to go to the hospital to get his head checked out after Mikey gets killed. At the end, Lieutenant Bogomil, in a much friendlier tone, tells Axel to go to the hospital to get his shoulder looked at after the shootout at Maitland's mansion.
* 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.
* 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:''' It says here that, by the age of 40, the average American [[TooMuchInformation has more than five 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.
-->'''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.
** Axel must have learned it from Inspector Todd, who doesn't just ClusterFBomb, he ''[[UpToEleven CARPET]]'' F-Bombs.
* 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.
* CreatorCameo: Director Martin Brest appears at the end of the movie as the clerk who checks Axel out of the hotel.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: When the protagonist cops invade Victor Maitland's estate they're armed with pistols. The {{mooks}} who attack them are armed with fully automatic submachine guns.
* 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.
* DamselInDistress: Summers is kidnapped by Maitland after she and Axel discover Maitland's drug smuggling operation in the warehouse. This is basically done to give the main characters a reason to storm Maitland's mansion without waiting for backup, as any reasonable cop would do under normal circumstances.
* 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.
* DeathGlare: Taggart is good at these. Just ask Axel and Billy.
* DestinationDefenestration: Axel: "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I was thrown. Through. A fucking. Window!]]"
* DoubleTap: Zack murders Mikey with two shots to the back of the head.
* 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.
* DramaticGunCock: Zack does this several times during his cat-and-mouse game with Axel during the climax, which is a good indicator for Axel to start running.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: The crook driving the cigarette truck deliberately rams into multiple cars for his amusement.
* EightiesHair: Thanks to some of the female hairstyles in the second movie, it's much more obviously set in a wealthy neighborhood in TheEighties than the first.
* EverythingIsRacist: How Axel manages to get a hotel room in the Beverly Palm Hotel.
--> '''Axel Foley''': Don't you think I realize what's going on here, miss? Who do you think I am, huh? Don't you think I know that if I was some hotshot from out of town that pulled inside here and you guys made a reservation mistake, I'd be the first one to get a room and I'd be upstairs relaxing right now. But I'm not some hotshot from out of town, I'm a small reporter from "Rolling Stone" magazine that's in town to do an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson that's gonna be picked up by every major magazine in the country. I was gonna call the article "Michael Jackson Is Sitting On Top of the World," but now I think I might as well just call it "Michael Jackson Can Sit On Top of the World Just As Long As He Doesn't Sit in the Beverly Palm Hotel 'Cause There's No Niggers Allowed in There!"
* EvilBrit: Maitland
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Axel does this when he searches the warehouse with Jenny and finds bags of white powder under the coffee. It ain't sugar.
* 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 (played by '''Bronson Pinchot'''), one of Jeannette's employees at the gallery, has a truly absurd accent that goes [[UnexplainedAccent entirely unexplained]].
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* GuileHero: Axel may be a good shot, but the majority of the headway he makes in the course of his investigations comes from his ability to talk his way through a situation and influence people who have something he needs.
* HollywoodLaw: An interesting example, because, instead of ignoring Maitland's fourth amendment rights, Axel is actually needlessly sensitive to them. When he and Jenny go to search Maitland's warehouse for drugs, Billy asks why he can't come along; Axel explains that, because Billy is a cop in that jurisdiction, and they don't have probable cause, the judge would rule the search illegal and toss the results. Of course, realistically, any judge with a triple digit IQ would also hold that Axel was acting as an agent of the Beverly Hills police, so that justification would not fly. The real reason they could legally search the warehouse is that Jenny is the manager of Maitland's gallery and ''has a key'', given to her by him, to the gallery's warehouse, where the incriminating crate is simply sitting on the floor. If the police are admitted to a place with the consent of a person who would normally have access to that place, then they do not need probable cause. If the manager of a business willingly permits the police to search said business, the police do not need a warrant.
* IncomingHam: '''IS THAT FUCKING FOLEY IN HERE?!?!?!?''' Inspector Todd's entrance causes the entire locker room to go silent except for Axel's ''sotto voce'' OhCrap.
* IgnoringBySinging: After messing up the cigarette sting operation Axel is bothered by Jeffrey. Axel 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''. Somewhat justified in that [[MoreDakka machine guns]] are very hard to aim; less defensible is Maitland and Zack missing Axel when they have him dead in their sights.
** Possibly justified in Zack's case, as the pump-action of his shotgun is quite loud, making a good indicator for Foley to start running. On the other hand, Maitland ''does'' manage to get a hit on Foley, forcing him to switch the hand holding the gun.
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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]].
* KnightOfCerebus: Apart from getting thrown into the buffet table, most of the scenes with [[TheDragon Zach]] are played quite serious, such as the scene where he confronts Mikey before shooting him in the back of the head. During the final shootout, he sends Foley running multiple times and is only taken down when Foley waits for him and greets him with a three-round burst.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: The two goons shooting at Rosewood and Taggert with Uzis surrender when TheCavalry arrives. Then Rosewood proclaims them all under arrest.
* {{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 in Detroit lead Axel to uncover a large cocaine smuggling operation in Beverly Hills.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Zack does this to Axel after revealing that he murdered Mikey.
* NoWarrantNoProblem: This is Axel Foley's modus operandi (''especially'' because he's a ''Detroit'' cop, and thus [[JurisdictionFriction has no jurisdiction]]), but one example stands out on the first film, where he makes a LampshadeHanging that he has no probable cause to check Maitland's warehouse for drugs (to keep Officer Rosewood from following him), and pulls a BavarianFireDrill on the guards involving [[AuditThreat Audit Threats]] when they think it's wrong for him to be there.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Jenny fills the basic plot-role of the love interest: Axel even has to [[StormingTheCastle storm the villain's lair]] at the end to [[DamselInDistress rescue her]], but she and Axel never become more than just friends.
* 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. 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.
* PistolWhipping: When Zack comes to kill Mikey, his associate clubs Axel with his pistol.
* PlayingDrunk: While at the bikini bar with Taggart and Rosewood, Axel pretends to be drunk to make a suspected 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 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.
-->'''Dispatcher:''' Sir, reports of shots fired, same location. 609 Palm Canyon Road.
-->'''Bogomil:''' [as he straps on a holster and his personal weapon] 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!
-->'''Dispatcher:''' All units, 609 Palm Canyon Road. Undercover officers at location.
* 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. They wind up crashing their van and getting arrested anyway.
* SherlockScan: At the bikini bar, Axel is able to determine that two guys are about to rob the place solely on the fact that they were wearing overcoats in the middle of June.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter:
** The robbers in the strip club are both armed with shotguns.
** Zack uses a shotgun when he faces Axel during the final shootout.
** In anticipation of a shootout, Sgt Taggart wisely grabs a shotgun from the trunk of his car before storming Maitland's compound with Rosewood and Foley.
* 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.
* TheStoic: Zach never changes his expression or voice. Well, ''almost'' never...
** NotSoStoic: After Axel flips him into the buffet table, Zach looks ''pissed'' and has to be talked down by Maitland.
* 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.
** Moreover, when Axel confronts the manager of the facility, he cites his own presence as proof of SwissCheeseSecurity and thus grounds to have the entire place scrutinized.
-->'''Axel:''' Tell me something. Answer a question for me. How can a black man, dressed like me, just march into the bonded area and start poking around without anybody asking me ANY QUESTIONS WHATSOEVER?\\
'''Security Manager:''' [stammers] Uh... I... don't know.\\
'''Axel:''' Thank you, that's the answer I was looking for. [snatches their badges] [[BavarianFireDrill Why don't you just hand me your ID's? Someone's going to lose their job over this.]]
* 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 foul-mouthed jerk from out of town?\\
'''Axel:''' Foul-mouthed? Fuck you, man.\\
'''Taggart:''' [punches him]
* 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."
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Axel and Bogomil empty their weapons into Maitland, shooting him at least twenty times when just one or two shots would have probably been sufficient enough to take him down. And then Maitland falls down the stairs.
* TitleDrop: "Billy's a Beverly Hills Cop".
* TruthInTelevision: Law enforcement officials are trained to continue firing upon an armed assailant until the subject is no longer standing or their weapons run dry. That, and adrenaline.
* UncleTomfoolery: {{Subverted}}. Axel sometimes acts foolishly, but it's always a ploy to get advantage of someone.
* 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: Axel's Browning Hi-Power handgun, which he carries in all three Beverly Hills Cop films
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Axel's friend Mikey gets offed in the opening act to set up the plot.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Taggart hates machine guns.