Movie vs. Soundtrack Punch-out!!: "Beverly Hills Cop"
Paramount Pictures executive Don Simpson came up with a movie idea in 1977 and hired Danilo Bach to write the screenplay. In 1983, Simpson hired Daniel Petrie to rewrite the straight action film with comedy. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer initially hired Mickey Roucke as the lead character Axel Foley. Revisions and other delays caused Rouke to leave the film with numerous others then considered like Sylvester Stallone, Richard Pryor, Al Pacino, and James Caan. The ultimate choice of Eddie Murphy seemed to be the correct one as the film would become acclaimed by most critics and a huge commercial success.
MY VOTE: Being an R-rated film and me being only 8-years old in 1984, I was way more into Ghostbusters that year than Beverly Hills Cop. I probably didn't watch the theatrical version of the film until the '90s, likely about the time the third film was being released. I do, however, have vivid memories of hearing "Axel F" on my friend's record player as a kid. So having said that, I have much deeper roots to the soundtrack versus the film. I do enjoy the first film (the others not so much) and will watch on occasion through streaming services, but I happily own the soundtrack album on vinyl and will spin quite a bit more than movie. So my vote goes for The Soundtrack!
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