Beverly Hills Cop
DIRECTOR: MARTIN BREST
CAST: EDDIE MURPHY, JUDGE REINHOLD, JOHN ASHTON, LISA EILBACHER, RONNY COX
New 4K restoration supervised by Martin Brest. New York Premiere
The film that made Eddie Murphy the biggest star in the world at the age of 23. Following the hits 48 Hrs. and Trading Places (both made while Murphy was single-handedly resurrecting Saturday Night Live from its deathbed), Cop was the highest grossing film of 1984 and it solidified Murphy as a precocious genius of comedy. With the inspired director Martin Brest at the helm of a massive production (Brest followed this classic with another, Midnight Run), Murphy’s Detroit cop Axel Foley, in jeans and sweatshirt, negotiates the ultrarich, blindingly white milieu of Beverly Hills with a shrewdness and unflappable panache in a comic masterclass never rivaled.