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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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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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$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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Throughout the whole movie, Ganz is holding Luther's girlfriend Rosie hostage. She is even with Ganz on the bus when Luther comes on board to give Ganz the money. However, after Ganz shoots Luther and the bus chase begins, she is no longer seen. Not even in the interior shots of the bus as Ganz is shooting at Jack and Reggie. Later on Keyhoe tells Jack that the bus was abandoned in Chinatown but does not mention Rosie. From the point that Luther is shot until the end, there is no indication of whether or not Ganz killed Rosie or let her go. See more »

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Elaine: You know, if you let me come over to your place once in a while you could put on a clean shirt in the morning.
Jack: What makes you think I got any clean shirts in my place?
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LOVE SONGS ARE FOR CRAZIES
Written and recording produced by Kevin O'Neal
Performed by The Bus Boys (as The Busboys) featuring Michael D. Jones, Steven G. Felix,
Gus Loundermon (as Gustav O. Loundermon), Vic Johnson (as Victor L. Johnson),
, Kevin O'Neal (as Kevin A. O'Neal) and Brian O'Neal (as Brian E. O'Neal)
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The original - and probably the best - of the "buddy-buddy" flicks.
28 November 2004 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Walter Hill is one of those directors who seems never to make an average film. His movies are, generally-speaking, either very good or very bad. 48 Hours is one of his "very good" offerings. It gives Eddie Murphy one of cinema's most unforgettable movie debuts, and invents the conventions of the buddy cop genre that were to become blueprints for years to come. Every buddy picture after 1982 - including Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Fled, Bad Boys, and a thousand more - owes something to 48 Hours.

The film opens with psychopathic Albert Ganz (James Remar) escaping from a chain gang. Determined to track down Ganz, tough cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) springs a fast-talking convict named Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from jail for forty-eight hours, during which time the mismatched duo must find their quarry. Cates doesn't like blacks, and Hammond doesn't like cops, so before they can even get to the business of tracking down their man they first have to come to terms with working alongside each other.

Fast-paced, energetic, foul-mouthed and funny, 48 Hours is simply a great ride. Nolte underplays brilliantly, wisely allowing Murphy to handle the loud and showy role while he etches a gruff, rugged characterisation as a cop on the warpath. The leading characters are rounded off wonderfully by James Remar, as a genuinely bad "baddie". If the plot to 48 Hours sounds like a collection of all the clichés and predictabilities that ruin most films, it's important to remember that before this film nothing like it had really been done. These plot devices and conventions are only considered "cliches" nowadays because 48 Hours was so influential, not to mention frequently-imitated, in the ensuing years. James Horner's music score is perfectly judged too. Finally, no review of 48 Hours would be complete without some acknowledgment of the film's most famous scene. I'm talking - of course

  • about the bit where Murphy causes a stir in a redneck bar. More often
than not famous movie scenes fail to live up to their lofty reputation, but in this case that simply isn't so. It really is an electrifying screen moment.... in a film that really is an electrifying screen experience!


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