Beverly Hills Cop was an action-comedy released in 1984.
This movie really accelerated Eddie Murphy's career, and
was successful enough to warrant two sequels:
Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987, and Beverly Hills Cop III
in 1994. All movies starred Eddie Murphy as
detective Axel Foley. The original movie was a hit
with critics and fans, and is considered one of the best
films to come out of 1984. The second movie did
not do as well, but still made money. The third
movie, although still ultimately profitable, was by far
the worst in the series.
In the original movie,
Axel Foley is a Detroit police officer with reckless
tendencies. After an old friend visits from
Beverly Hills, the two had back to Foley's apartment
after hanging out at a bar, and Foley is knocked out by
baddies and his friend is killed. After Foley is
refused the case by his boss, he takes vacation time and
goes to Beverly Hills to solve the crime. During
Foley's nosing around, he gets arrested by the police,
who ultimately put a tail on him to keep an eye on him.
In the end, Foley
brings the people responsible for killing his friend to
lethal justice, busts a drug smuggling ring, becomes
friends with the Beverly Hills Cops that were put on his
tail, and manages to keep this job in Detroit after
creating a mess in California. The sequels are
more of the same, but will less pizzazz. In both
cases, Axel returns to Beverly Hills to help out his old
friends to bust the bad guys.