What does the Beverly Hills Cop cast look like now and which notable movies have they starred in since? Directed by Martin Brest, Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 buddy cop action-comedy that stars Eddie Murphy as a streetwise Detroit detective who travels to uber-wealthy Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of his ex-con friend Mikey Tandino (James Russo). Beverly Hills Cop was a blockbuster back in 1984, ranking as the highest-grossing film of the year in the U.S.
It earned glowing reviews too – alongside Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations – and is still regarded as one of the best comedies of the 1980s. The movie spawned two sequels released in 1987 and 1994 (directed by Tony Scott and John Landis, respectively too. A long-brewing fourth film appears to finally be happening with Australian director Mark Molloy at the helm and Eddie Murphy – who took the lead role from Stallone – set to reprise Axel Foley.