#1 - 1984 Box Office: Gross $234,760,478
|He's been chased, thrown through a window, and arrested.|
|Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop on vacation in Beverly Hills.|
Trivia (mostly courtesy of the IMDb)
- The film had a $15.2 million opening weekend, but thanks to good word-of-mouth, its largest weekend wasn't until its fourth, when it earned $20.1 million
- This was the highest grossing R-rated film in the U.S. until The Matrix Reloaded came out in 2003
- Spent 13 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office (a record only beaten by Titanic which had 15)
- Axel's boss, Inspector Todd, was played by then Detroit City Commissioner Gilbert R. Hill
- The song which plays during the strip club scene, Vanity 6's "Nasty Girl," was recommended by the real-life stripper who was hired for the scene
- When trying to find Foley and Rosewood, the Beverly Hills Police use a "satellite tracking system" (similar to modern-day GPS). Such a system did not exist at the time and was made up to advance the plot
- Police Chief Hubbard walks into his first scene carrying some rolled-up sheets of paper—this is actually one of many reworked scripts, which was given to him to memorize and rehearse only minutes before the shooting of the scene started
- The first film to be shown at over 2,000 theatres in the U.S.
|Tell him that Ramon went to the clinic today, and I found out that I have, um, herpes simplex 10|
This movie is quite funny and it's good to see Eddie Murphy in his prime (not sure why he went from R-rated classics like BHC and Trading Places to family fare like The Nutty Professor, Meet Dave and Daddy Day Care), but one thing that always bugged me was the ending. The movie opens with a car-truck chase, but the whole time Axel is sort of just flailing around the back of the truck—it doesn't seem that serious. The movie proceeds to be a pretty good comedy, but then the final act culminates in a huge action-movie shoot-em-up scene. To me, this always felt a little out of place. One thing I love about Murphy's '80s' films is that he took his unique characters and just inserted them into his main role (e.g. Ramon, pictured above, is just one "disguise" Axel uses) whereas lately, Murphy feels the need to put on a fat suit and play multiple characters which never seems to work (although I have never seen Coming to America, so maybe it can work). The theme, Axel F, is just great as well—Heh heh heh-heh heh-heh heh heh, Heh heh heh-heh heh-heh heh, Heh heh heh heh-heh-heh, and then another Heh heh heh-heh heh. I don't think I've ever seen either of the sequels in full (2 featured a final act in an amusement park, no?) but I assume they only get worse like most other action sequels. Am I right?