In the 1980s, there was no comedic power in the films quite like Eddie Murphy. Rising to fame as one of the most prominent members of Saturday Night Live when he was still in his early twenties, Murphy became a sensation thanks to his perfect comedic timing, his infectious laugh and smile, and his effortlessly cool screen presence. Some people just have the ‘IT’ factor, and Eddie had that and then some, and 48 hours and Beverly Hills Cop two of his signature vehicles remain.
Although not all of his films in the 80s were a winner (we’re talking to you Best defense and Harlem Nights), his track record was pretty impressive. And with all due respect Coming to America and Trading locationsare the two films that best exemplify Murphy at the height of his charisma 48 hours. and Beverly Hills Cop – the first one, of course.
Released in 1982 and 1984 respectively, the two films solidified Eddie as a bona fide movie star and cemented his persona as a lovable smart guy with an irresistible – and often profane – way with words. But when put in the ring together, which movie is better? Here’s what we’re going to find out in this edition of Face-Off: 48 hours. vs Beverly Hills Cop!
This episode of FACE-OFF is written by Eric Walkuski, narrated by Shawn Knippelberg, edited by John Nguyen and produced by Adam Walton and Chris Bumbray, with Berge Garabedian as executive producer. If you like this video why not subscribe to our JoBlo Originals YouTube channel and tell your friends who might also like this kind of content.