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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Elaine
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Haden
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Algren
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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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48 Hours  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$75,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Walter Hill's original rough cut of the movie, Annette O'Toole had much bigger role and even one (maybe two) nude scenes. Some of the stills showing her character Elaine naked in the shower while Nick Nolte is looking at her did show up in movie magazines at the time and in some articles about O'Toole. See more »

Goofs

When Billy busts Ganz out of prison the police says on the radio "2 fugitives" this is wrong because Billy is not a fugitive. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: Jack... Tell me a story.
Jack: Fuck you!
Reggie: Oh, that's one of my favorites.
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Connections

Referenced in Last Action Hero (1993) See more »

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48 HRS.
Written and recordings produced by Brian O'Neal
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Alternately hilarious (of course) and thrilling
28 August 2003 | by (Pittsboro, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Nick Nolte is well-cast as the average tough, somewhat maverick cop who gets involved in a case involving an escaped convict and his partner and their psychopathic rampage through San Francisco. He's forced to enlist the help of fast-talking incarcerated con man Eddie Murphy, who has dealt with one of the killers in past. Murphy insists he be let out for 48 hours in order to secure a stash of money he has that the killer wants. Nolte and Murphy are a mismatched pair, Murphy being the sly young criminal, Nolte being a tough, somewhat ignorant cop who tires easily of his partner's fast mouth and wayward way of giving information, and constant attempts at getting a gun.

There's one good scene where Murphy walks into a redneck cowboy joint with a bet about what it takes to be taken seriously as a cop, and trades places with Nolte as a detective trying to get information on where one of the guys is. Later on, Nolte and Murphy get into a fight because Murphy won't say what he knows the escaped killer is after.

Walter Hill creates one of the best cop movies ever, and a perfect movie to act as Murphy's first real vehicle for his comedy style. However, this is not comedy like, say, "Trading Places." This movie is more the comedy style of the first "Lethal Weapon" movie. Alternately serious and funny.


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