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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 »
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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:
The original - and probably the best - of the "buddy-buddy" flicks. See more (103 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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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 (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)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
First of three collaborations of actor-star Nick Nolte and writer/director Walter Hill. The films are 48 Hrs. (1982), Extreme Prejudice (1987) and Another 48 Hrs. (1990).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Reggie takes the knife from the redneck, he closes it and places it on the bar with his right hand before breaking the glasses and being told where Billy Bear's girlfriend lives. When he turns around and talks to the people in the club, the knife is clearly still on the bar. He then walks out to the street where he takes it from his back left pocket and gives it to Cates.See more »
Quotes:
Reggie:You got a lady, Cates?
Jack:Yeah.
Reggie:You know, the generosity of women never ceases to amaze me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
TORCHY'S BOOGIESee more »

FAQ

Is the Luther character the same character from "The Warriors"?
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The original - and probably the best - of the "buddy-buddy" flicks., 28 November 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Walter Hill is one of those directors who seems never to make an average film. His movies are, generally-speaking, either very good or very bad. 48 Hours is one of his "very good" offerings. It gives Eddie Murphy one of cinema's most unforgettable movie debuts, and invents the conventions of the buddy cop genre that were to become blueprints for years to come. Every buddy picture after 1982 - including Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Fled, Bad Boys, and a thousand more - owes something to 48 Hours.

The film opens with psychopathic Albert Ganz (James Remar) escaping from a chain gang. Determined to track down Ganz, tough cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) springs a fast-talking convict named Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from jail for forty-eight hours, during which time the mismatched duo must find their quarry. Cates doesn't like blacks, and Hammond doesn't like cops, so before they can even get to the business of tracking down their man they first have to come to terms with working alongside each other.

Fast-paced, energetic, foul-mouthed and funny, 48 Hours is simply a great ride. Nolte underplays brilliantly, wisely allowing Murphy to handle the loud and showy role while he etches a gruff, rugged characterisation as a cop on the warpath. The leading characters are rounded off wonderfully by James Remar, as a genuinely bad "baddie". If the plot to 48 Hours sounds like a collection of all the clichés and predictabilities that ruin most films, it's important to remember that before this film nothing like it had really been done. These plot devices and conventions are only considered "cliches" nowadays because 48 Hours was so influential, not to mention frequently-imitated, in the ensuing years. James Horner's music score is perfectly judged too. Finally, no review of 48 Hours would be complete without some acknowledgment of the film's most famous scene. I'm talking - of course - about the bit where Murphy causes a stir in a redneck bar. More often than not famous movie scenes fail to live up to their lofty reputation, but in this case that simply isn't so. It really is an electrifying screen moment.... in a film that really is an electrifying screen experience!

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