For our money, we think Beverly Hills Cop II is unfairly maligned. Sure, it doesn't have the same comedic timing as Martin 'Midnight Run' Brest's first film, but it's a damn sight better than the third one. Eddie Murphy, in his most iconic role since a talking donkey, returns as Det. Axel Foley. Happily ensconced in Detroit, the maverick cop returns to Beverly Hills when his friend is gunned down by a gang of East German criminals. East Germany. Wow, that'll date any film for sure.