A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

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Oddball cop and tough guy, Jack Cates is the only survivor of a cop shooting and in hunting down the murderer collects Reggie Hammond from jail for 48 hours. Hammond is oddly motivated to help. The killer is searching for his stash of cash. Cates and Hammond who have the Black-white, cop-crook thing to work out make surprisingly good partners as they navigate through the city looking for their suspect. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The boys are back in town. Nick Nolte is a cop. Eddie Murphy is a convict. They couldn't have liked each other less. They couldn't have needed each other more. And the last place they ever expected to be is on the same side. Even for... 48 HRS See more »


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8 December 1982 (USA)  »

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$75,900,000 (USA)
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Eddie Murphy states in his 2008 Biography special that his character's name was originally scripted to be "Willie Biggs." He had concerns with that name as it sounded too much like a "Hollywood, made-up, black guy's name." He suggested the last name Hammond based on a raspy-voiced, cool kid from his hometown named Terrance Hammond. Reggie was a compromise by having just the first name be a typical "Hollywood, made-up, black guy name." See more »

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After Jack loses his gun to Ganz, he is told by his captain to "borrow a new one", then is seen checking the cylinder on a brand new revolver. In the next scene, in his captain's office, he puts a automatic pistol in his holster and uses it in the rest of the movie. See more »

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Patrol Officer #1: We got a burglary call. Two women reported a couple of hoods busting into their place posing as cops.
Jack: Yeah, I followed a lead, we rousted 'em. Why don't you guys go sweet-talk 'em, straighten it out?
Patrol Officer #1: I've got a better idea, why don't you go do it yourself? We've got better things to do than straighten out your messes.
Jack: I'll file a report tomorrow.
Patrol Officer #1: Yeah? I'm gonna file a report tonight.
Jack: Yeah? Goes with the territory.
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Pretty entertaining thanks to great performances from the two leads...
12 April 2001 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

It's the chemistry between Nolte and Murphy that makes this work, plus the fact that both men really attempt to 'get into the skin' of their character, something mostly ignored in other examples of this genre. Director Hill knows he's got a great team in front of the camera, and all that remains is for him to incorporate some spectacular action sequences around them. This he does competently. That one-two punch is what gives the movie its fireworks.

The banter and situations concerning the characters are also gleefully un-PC. It'd be interesting to see what a studio and director would make of the same premise in these 'enlightened' times. Murphy's comic stage persona is less restrained here than it would be in later films, and the results are often shamefully funny.

Don't expect Shakespeare, there's far too much cursing and other unsavoury shenanigans going on for that; do expect a pacy and entertaining early example of the 'buddy thriller'.


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