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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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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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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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48 Hours  »

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$75,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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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Reggie is handcuffed when Jack throws him into his car after getting him out of prison. In the next shot, Reggie's left arm is stretched out along the back of the seat and his right arm is hanging out the window. In the following shot, he is handcuffed again. See more »

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Luther: [at the garage where Reggie's car has been stored] I'm here to pick up my car.
Garage Attendant: Name?
Luther: Hammond... Reggie Hammond.
Garage Attendant: [looks at the ticket stub] This ticket's three years old!
Luther: Yeah... I've been BUSY!
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Referenced in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »

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NEW SHOES
By Brian O'Neal
Performed by The Bus Boys (as The Busboys)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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The finest of buddy flicks known!
27 March 2008 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte strike it rich in "48 Hours". Eddie Murphy play Reggie Hammond, a smooth-talking, wise cracking, parolee who teams up with Jack Cates(Nolte), a hard-drinking, hard-nosed, and sloppy-looking policeman. During a gunfight Cates loses his piece to a dangerous killer. And it's up to Hammond to help him bring him down. Reggie has got 48 Hours to have him stopped before he runs amok again. The killer is Albert Ganz(James Remar) he and his partner Billy Bear(Sonny Lantham) go on a killing spree all over San Francisco. Cates and Hammond don't really get along with each other in the beginning, when the smoke does settle they gain trust and respect for each other. In order to stop the dangerous duo, Reggie gets his own piece, and they go out to find and stop them. Reggie got Billy Bear, even when he defied Reggie's warning. And Jack finally gets his man. The movie is hard core: Language, nudity, racial remarks, and violence. That doesn't bother me anymore. The real deal was the soundtrack. Especially "The Boys are Back In Town". 5 stars!


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