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48 Hrs. -- Nolte is a roughedged cop after two vicious cop-killers. He can't do it without the help of smooth and dapper Murphy, who is serving time for a half-million dollar robbery. This unlikely partnership trades laughs as often as punches as both pursue their separate goals: Nolte wants the villains; Murphy wants his money and some much-needed female companionship.

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Director:
Writers:
Roger Spottiswoode (written by) and
Walter Hill (written by) ...
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Release Date:
8 December 1982 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Alternately hilarious (of course) and thrilling See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nick Nolte ... Jack Cates

Eddie Murphy ... Reggie Hammond

Annette O'Toole ... Elaine

Frank McRae ... Haden

James Remar ... Albert Ganz

David Patrick Kelly ... Luther

Sonny Landham ... Billy Bear

Brion James ... Ben Kehoe
Kerry Sherman ... Rosalie, Hostage Girl

Jonathan Banks ... Algren

James Keane ... Vanzant
Tara King ... Frizzy, Hotel Desk Clerk
Greta Blackburn ... Lisa, Blonde Hooker

Margot Rose ... Casey

Denise Crosby ... Sally
Olivia Brown ... Candy (as Olivia M. Brown)

Todd Allen ... Young Cop

Bill Dearth ... Thin Cop
Ned Dowd ... Big Cop

Jim Haynie ... Old Cop
Jack Thibeau ... Detective
Jon St. Elwood ... Plainclothesman
Clare Nono ... Ruth

Sandy Martin ... Policewoman

Matt Landers ... Bob

Peter Jason ... Cowboy Bartender
Bill Cross ... Patrol Officer #1

Chris Mulkey ... Patrol Officer #2
Marcelino Sánchez ... Parking Lot Attendant (as James Marcelino)
Bennie E. Dobbins ... Road Gang Guard (as Bennie Dobbins)

Walter Scott ... Road Gang Guard
W.T. Zacha ... Road Gang Guard

Begonya Plaza ... Indian Hooker (as Begoña Plaza)

Loyd Catlett ... Prison Guard
B.G. Fisher ... Prison Guard
Reid Cruickshanks ... Prison Guard

R.D. Call ... Duty Sergeant
Brenda Venus ... Hooker

Gloria Gifford ... Hooker (as Gloria E. Gifford)

Nick Dimitri ... Torchy's Patron

John Dennis Johnston ... Torchy's Patron
Rock A. Walker ... Torchy's Patron
Dave Moordigian ... Gas Station Attendant
J. Wesley Huston ... Security Guard
Gary Pettinger ... Cop with Gun
Marquerita Wallace ... Bar Girl

Angela Robinson Witherspoon ... Bar Girl (as Angela Robinson)

Jack Lightsy ... Bartender
John Hauk ... Henry Wong
Bob Yanez ... Interrogator

Clint Smith ... Leroy
Luis Contreras ... Gang Member
Suzanne M. Regard ... Cowgirl Dancer

Ola Ray ... Vroman's Dancer
Bjaye Turner ... Vroman's Dancer
The Bus Boys ... Band at Vroman's (as The Busboys)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven G. Felix ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Vic Johnson ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Michael D. Jones ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gus Loundermon ... Band at Vroman's (uncredited)
Brian O'Neal ... Band at Vroman's (uncredited)
Kevin O'Neal ... Band at Vroman's (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
 
Writing credits
Roger Spottiswoode (written by) and
Walter Hill (written by) &
Larry Gross (written by) and
Steven E. de Souza (written by)

Produced by
D. Constantine Conte .... executive producer
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Joel Silver .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite 
 
Film Editing by
Freeman A. Davies  (as Freeman Davies)
Mark Warner 
Billy Weber 
 
Casting by
Judith Holstra 
 
Production Design by
John Vallone 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance  (as Marilyn Kay Vance)
 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Edouard F. Henriques III)
Dagmar Loesch .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gene Levy .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deborah Love .... second assistant director (as Deborah A. Love)
David Sosna .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff Clark .... set painter
Johnny Lattanzio .... construction coordinator
Margie Stone McShirley .... set designer
Craig Raiche .... property master
Ronnie Chambers .... leadman (uncredited)
Richard Futter .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Jaymes Hinkle .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Jaymes Hinkle .... production scenic artist (uncredited)
Bruce E. Kasson .... prop assistant (uncredited)
John Schacht .... leadman (uncredited)
Marjorie Stone .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound mixer
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound effects editor (as Richard Anderson)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound effects editor (as Stephen Flick)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Dunn .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mark A. Mangini .... adr editor (uncredited)
Tim Mangini .... sound editor (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Clive Taylor .... sound recordist (uncredited)
James Utterback .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects
John R. Elliott .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt coordinator
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunt double (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sherrod .... stunt double (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer
John London .... key grip
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Bruce Balton .... jib operator (uncredited)
Bill Fraley .... second grip (uncredited)
Larry Freeman .... electrician (uncredited)
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Rick Neff .... camera operator (uncredited)
Glen Noorda .... grip (uncredited)
Baird Steptoe .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Ken Tosic .... electrician (uncredited)
Richard Walden .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Whipple .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Murphy Wiltz .... best boy (uncredited)
Edmond Wright .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Bronson .... costume supervisor (as Thomas M. Bronson)
Dan Moore .... costumer: men
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Carmel Davies .... assistant film editor
Robert Hernandez .... assistant film editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: re-mastering
Edward A. Warschilka .... assistant film editor (as Edward A. Warschilka Jr.)
 
Location Management
Mary F. Galloway .... location manager
 
Music Department
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Winston Sharples .... composer: cartoon music (as W. Sharples)
Michael Tronick .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ronnie Baker .... transportation coordinator
Craig Lietzke .... unit driver
Stewart Satterfield .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rafe Blasi .... publicity coordinator
Barbara Hamm .... assistant: Nick Nolte
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
David R. Lawson .... medic
Patricia Phillipes .... assistant: Lawrence Gordon
David Proval .... acting coach: Eddie Murphy
Patty Raya .... assistant: Lawrence Gordon
Douy Swofford .... title designer: main titles
Elaine K. Thompson .... assistant: Joel Silver
Mae Woods .... assistant: Walter Hill
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen .... secretary: Gene Levy
Jay Fukuto .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
Jerry Gerth .... first aid (uncredited)
Melanie Graham .... assistant: Lawrence Gordon (uncredited)
Gary Lovell .... craft service (uncredited)
Jette Sorensen .... production accountant (uncredited)
Nancy Zearfoss .... night location manager (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 (Blu-Ray rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (cable rating) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (2009) (uncut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (cut version) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (Certificate #26865) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Paramount had previously rejected early drafts of the film, but suddenly rushed into production in spring 1982, urging Walter Hill and producer Lawrence Gordon to begin principal photography by mid-May 1982. However, the script had not been completed, and, according to Nolte, Hill and co-writer Larry Gross continued to write throughout the shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Reggie:You start running a respectable business and I won't have to come in here and hassle you every night. You know what I mean?
[to the bar patrons]
Reggie:And I want the rest of you cowboys to know something, there's a new sheriff in town. And his name is Reggie Hammond. So y'all be cool. Right on.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Countdown: Episode #72.50" (2015)See more »
Soundtrack:
(The Boys Are) BACK IN TOWNSee more »

FAQ

Is the Luther character the same character from "The Warriors"?
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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Alternately hilarious (of course) and thrilling, 28 August 2003
Author: mhoney-1 from Pittsboro, North Carolina

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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