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80s movie showdown: Snake vs. Axel

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June

Escape01 Big choice on TV for Friday night, my fellow 80s couch potatoes. On AMC, it's Escape from New York. Or on Bravo, it's Beverly Hills Cop. Both start at 8 p.m.

Which one to pick? I own them both on DVD, but I'm still a fan of the serendipity of coming across the movies on TV.

Time to battle it out.

LEAD CHARACTERS:
Axel Foley: Eddie Murphy is funny, foul-mouthed and ... well, I can think of any other F words that apply here. Still, I like Eddie more in "48 Hours" and "Coming to America."
Snake Pliskin: Kurt Russell's best 80s role? I'm thinking it is.
Advantage: "Call me Snake."

THE PLOT:
New York is a prison:
Brilliant. Too bad it's set in 1997. By then, the city was cleaned up.
Eddie's a cop in Beverly Hills: "Is this the man who ... wrecked the buffet at the Harrow Club?" Hell yeah.
Advantage: "The super cop bit ... was working."

Cop SUPPORTING CAST:
Beverly Hills:
John Ashton and Judge Reinhold both know they eat too much red meat.
New York: Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton.
Advantage: "A-No. 1! The Duke of New York City!"

THE LINES:
Beverly Hills:
"We're not going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe."
New York: "Call me Plisskin."
Advantage: "I don't smoke Lucky Strikes. I smoke King-Sized Kents!"

So it's a wash. What did you expect? Just Tivo one and watch it later.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:35pm]

    

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