Beverly Hills Cop III: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – ManlyMovie

Beverly Hills Cop III: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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I used to hate Beverly Hills Cop III.

First, because even kids knew it didn’t live up to the first two.  Second, I went through the typical film snob phase and disliked it even more.  People in their late teens and early 20s think they know everything, but really know fuck all.

Looking back now, I’m not saying it’s good, but not as bad as I thought at one point.  An objective look…


Even though I was admitted to this movie at the time, for ages I thought this movie was PG-13. There was no question of letting us in, ‘ratings’ weren’t a thing.  But looking at it closer, the movie is indeed R, if perhaps a little on the soft-R side.

That’s a good thing about the movie, it keeps it slightly ahead of crap like, say, the poisonous RoboCop 3.

I honestly doubt Eddie Murphy would’ve signed up to a PG-13 ‘Cop’ movie, but he did later denounce the tone of the movie in 2006 and said that it should’ve been harder.  He’s right but, in an effort to find something ‘Good’… I guess any type of R needs to be recognized given the history of the franchise


For a short while, near the start of the movie, Beverly Hills Cop III is just like the first two movies. Before any of that Wonder World shit started.

The chop shop scene with Diana Ross & The Supremes, with shitty dancing and Mac-10s gunning people down, is precisely how the third movie should’ve probably opened.  Hell, it even features Al Leong (but why the fuck wasn’t he credited, for God’s sake?).

If I ever see this movie starting on TV, I usually hang around for this scene then call it quits.


It was good that Serge returned, but it was even better than he entered the arms industry and presented The Annihilator 2000.

The Annihilator 2000, see, was the dawn of a new generation of luxury personal weaponry.  Night vision goggles, cell phone, fax machine, verbal processor and microwave… presented by buxom patriot girls. The only thing that was missing was a Chuck Norris demonstration of the unit.  This advert is poison to a typical Neo Liberal.  Guns, girls and borders!

Later in the movie, Foley chops up a pair of pissants with the weapon on full auto.

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  • Andymovieman

    I’m glad you’re reviewing Beverly Hills cop 3 and bringing up the problems like Nile Rodgers doing the music instead of Harold faltermeyer which sucks as well as no Taggert, bogomil, no Sidney Bernstein and no jeffrey Friedman, no jerry Bruckheimer producing, nothing. John landis sucked doing this film. He’s better with movies like coming to america, trading places, spies like us, three amigos and the blues brothers.

  • AlTeo

    Lucas’s cameo was actually part of director John Landis’s trademark gags… He used to cast prominent filmmakers in throwaway cameos for fun, starting with Steve Spielberg in Blues Brothers…. Then he went on to put the likes of David Cronenberg, Terry Gilliam, Joe Dante, Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, etc in his subsequent films…Probably did that to show just how much clout Landis has on the film circuit.

  • Mucho Macho

    From the film’s bio.
    “Initially, the plot for this film would’ve concerned Foley, Rosewood, and Taggart (John Ashton) going to London to rescue Capt. Bogomil (Ronny Cox) who was being held hostage by terrorists during a International Police Convention. However, numerous problems such as scripting issues and the budget, caused pre-production to drag out the point that both John Aston and Ronny Cox had to drop”

    PS.. I also remember the production dragging because they felt the shooting screenplay for “Beverly Hills Cop 3” read like “Die-Hard in a theme park”

  • Mucho Macho

    I would like to see the pilot that did not air of “Beverly Hills Cop”

  • Barney Ross

    It’s a soft R rating but its way better than die hard 4 and 5, actually it was more like a die hard movie than DH4 and 5 because the writer of BHC3, is the writer of Die hard 1 and 2.

  • Der

    Landis always said Eddie had seen snipes become an action star and wanted all the humour removed so he could just be out and out action hero ,as for the movie hey I like it no where near as good as one or two but miles better than die hard six or every highlander sequel

  • rat_eater

    help me maaan (kicked out of the car and run over)