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48 Hrs. (1982)

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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Algren
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Storyline

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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When a tough cop has a cool convict as a partner and 48 hrs to catch a killer, a lot of funny things can happen in . . . 48 HRS. [Australia Theatrical] See more »


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8 December 1982 (USA)  »

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48 Hours  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$75,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The movie during the late 1970s was originally designed as a vehicle for Clint Eastwood as the cop and Richard Pryor as the con. Around this time, Eastwood wanted to play a criminal and turned down the film and went and starred as a convict in Escape from Alcatraz (1979). The picture then went into turnaround for a time and didn't go back into development for another couple of years. See more »

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There is most likely no way a battery would stay good for three years only being charged once per month. Once a battery goes through 7 cycles of running all the way down it is shot. About the only way a battery would stay good this long is if it were a modern day battery on a trickle (constant) charger. Very doubtful the car would have started after 3 years without a full charge anyway. See more »

Quotes

[In Chinatown, Jack and Reggie start arguing]
Jack: This sucks! A maniac gets ahold of my gun and runs all over the streets killin' people with it. So, instead of bein' where I oughta be, home in bed with my gal givin' her the high hard one, I'm out here doin' THIS shit: roamin' around the streets with an overdressed, charcoal-colored loser like you.
Reggie: Look, man, if you don't like it, why don't you just leave? I can take care of Ganz by myself, all right?
Jack: Heh, don't make me laugh. You can't take care of...
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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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