Beverly Hills Cop (1984): Oscar Nominated Action Comedy, Starring Eddie Murphy

Paramount (Simpson-Bruckheimer Production)

Martin Brest directed Beverly Hills Cop, a commercial action comedy written by Daniel Petrie Jr.

Eddie Murphy stars as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend.

Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff and Jonathan Banks appear in supporting roles.

This first film in the Beverly Hills Cop series catapulted Murphy to international stardom, won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Motion Picture.”

It earned $234 million at the domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing film released in 1984 in the U.S.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Screenplay (Original): Daniel Petrie, Jr., story by Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Oscar Context:

The Original Screenplay Oscar went to Robert Benton for “Places in the Heart.”