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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According to 'Allmovie', the movie "greatly bolstered the career of Nick Nolte and made comedian Eddie Murphy a bonafide box-office sensation". Murphy's debut in this movie, like Lauren Bacall's in To Have and Have Not (1944), is considered one of the most sensational debuts in screen history. See more »

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Zagnut bar changes directions when Jack hands it to Reggie. See more »

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Jack: All right, where's the goddamn car?
Reggie: Be cool man, the car is parked.
Jack: For three years?
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Jack: Bullshit!
Reggie: Bullshit? I'll let you in on a little secret, Jack... you just passed it!
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TORCHY'S BOOGIE
By Ira Newborn
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Great film!
6 July 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of the best. Brilliantly acted, very good scenes, the scene in redneck bar and the scene where the boss has a rant after the infamous bus losing incident are the best. The boss is excellent. The way he delivers his lines with such anger, and the lines themselves are very hard. "YOU GO F*** YOURSELF CONVICT!!!" is my favourite of the whole film. The look on Eddie's face is priceless. Just proves how class an actor he is, if proof be necessary.

Redneck bar scene is equally good. The music the band are playing fits the scene beautifully. The dancing stripper adds to the value of the scene too. She's great.

A flawless film, Eddie Murphy's best work too in my opinion.


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