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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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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$75,900,000 (USA)
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Third of five collaborations of actor Brion James and writer/director Walter Hill. The films include Hard Times (1975), 48 Hrs. (1982), Red Heat (1988), Southern Comfort (1981), and Another 48 Hrs. (1990). See more »

Goofs

While looking for Luther, Jack and Reggie visit an apartment in The Mission and learn they should look for their quarry "just around the corner in Chinatown." In reality the Mission is 3 miles from Chinatown. See more »

Quotes

Jack: Tell me where Ganz is.
Luther: Ganz? I haven't seen him for years.
Jack: Look, asshole, you just took a shot at me. I think you know something.
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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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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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