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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 »
Genre:
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:
A seriously edgy and explosive thriller. See more (102 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

Brian O'Neal ... Band at Vroman's (as The Busboys)
Kevin O'Neal ... Band at Vroman's (as The Busboys)
Gus Loundermon ... Band at Vroman's (as The Busboys)

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
Jaymes Hinkle .... production scenic artist (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)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects
 
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)
Baird Steptoe .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walden .... first assistant camera (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
Edward A. Warschilka .... assistant film editor (as Edward A. Warschilka Jr.)
 
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
 
Other crew
Rafe Blasi .... publicity coordinator
Mary F. Galloway .... location manager
Barbara Hamm .... assistant: Nick Nolte
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
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
Jette Sorensen .... production accountant (uncredited)
Nancy Zearfoss .... night location manager (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (cable rating) | Sweden:15 | 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)
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Trivia:
The weapon carried initially by Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) and then taken by Albert Ganz (James Remar) at the hotel shootout, is a Smith and Wesson model 29, 44 magnum with a 4inch barrel and custom wood grips with finger grooves. The loaner weapon issued to Cates at the station house is a Government model Colt 1911 A1, 45 automatic. Cates seems to carry this pistol in the same shoulder holster he used for his 44 revolver. In reality, this is impractical as the two weapons have very different contours. Probably a different holster was switched in for the automatic pistol. The weapon procured by Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) while waiting for Cates at Vroman's, is a snub nosed Smith and Wesson model 19, 357magnum. The weapon used by Billy Bear (Sonny Landham) is a Colt New Frontier. This is basically the classic western six shooter only with more modern sights. However, the adjustable rear sight seems to have been removed from the weapon used in the movie. During his initial arrest, Luther (David Patrick Kelly) shoots at Cates with a Colt New Service revolver, most likely a 45 calibre issue. Oddly, the front sight appears to have been completely filed off of this weapon.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:I've been in prison for three years. My dick gets hard if the wind blows.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
(The Boys Are) BACK IN TOWNSee more »

FAQ

Is the Luther character the same character from "The Warriors"?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A seriously edgy and explosive thriller., 11 March 2002
Author: mhasheider from Sauk City, Wisconsin

A seriously edgy and explosive thriller about an untidy yet tenacious San Francisco cop, Jack Cates (Nick Nolte), who must take Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), an ultra-cocky convict with him and search around the city for a brutish cop-killer, Ganz (James Remar)and his nearly out-spoken Indian accomplice, Billy Bear (Sonny Landham) and take them down in less than forty-eight hours. What made me enjoy the movie is the trust and respect that the Murphy and Nolte characters begin to show, even there are moments where they want to pound each other's head in. In addition to Nolte and Murphy (who's in his film debut), Remar is pretty good here despite having a limited amount of screen time. The photography of the city by Ric Waite is well, excellent and the skillful direction by Walter Hill can't go unnoticed. "48 Hrs." may not look as well-crafted as "The French Connection", but Hill sure knows how to make something memorable out of nothing.

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