48 HRS Movie Review

48 HRS

The boys are back in town.
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The two fugitives


Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Sonny Landham, Brion James, Kerry Sherman, Jonathan Banks, James Keane, Tara King, Greta Blackburn, Margot Rose, Denise Crosby, Olivia Brown, Todd Allen, Bill Dearth, Ned Dowd, Jim Haynie Update Cast

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Director Walter Hill later retooled the formula of 48 HRS for the Arnold Schwartzenegger/Jim Belushi actioner, Red Heat.

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Every genre has a beginning. This is where it starts.

It all began in 1982 when the director of the cult classic "The Warriors", Walter Hill, and up and coming producer Joel Silver teamed with leading man, Nick Nolte and a 21 year old Saturday Night Live star named Eddie Murphy.

What resulted would invent the whole new genre of the action-comedy and would open up the door to such films as the Lethal Weapon series, "Stakeout", Rush Hour, "Beverly Hills Cop, etc.

48 HRS. is set in San Francisco, where two cop killing escaped fugitives, Ganz (Remar) and Billy Bear (Landham) have been tracked down by moody cop Jack Cates (Nolte) and two of his cop buddies.

Unfortunately, the bust goes bad leaving Cates' buddies dead and a kidnapped girl held hostage in exchange for some missing cash from the gang's last robbery before being imprisoned.

With no leads and not enough help, Cates turns to the only imprisoned gang member left. Reggie Hammond (Murphy) is a foul-mouthed yet slick convict who has two things on his mind, the cash and some well needed "trim."

From the very start, the cop and the convict don't get along at all. But in a situation where they have to go through a redneck bar, crazy girlfriends, physical disputes and constant chases all over the city, these guys have to straighten up and get Ganz and Billy Bear and the cash within 48HRS...

Author: Andre' JosephUpdate This Review


This has always been a personal favorite.

Nolte lights up the screen as a tough, yet sloppy cop and Murphy steals the show in his feature debut. The redneck scene alone makes Murphy a comedic genus of his time.

Walter Hill keeps the picture moving fast, smart and extremely funny. You can't love buddy movies unless you see the one that started it all.

Witty dialogue, great action, Murphy's bar scene, there's just a million things to say!
Absolutely none. This is a classic!

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Release Date: 08 Dec 1982
MPAA Rating: R
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Production: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action / Adventure

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