In the conniving world of politics, even a professional shyster like Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) can find himself outmatched. After using name recognition to get elected, ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
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 Nick Nolte, Hill and co-writer Larry Gross continued to write throughout the shoot. See more »
During the alley fight between Reggie and Jack, Jack swings at Reggie several times, but misses and stumbles amidst the trash cans and garbage up against the brick wall of the building. Jack then takes another swing at Reggie with his left hand. However, one frame later, Reggie is shown being hit by Jack's right fist. See more »
[after Haden has finished his tirade against Cates]
Don't you think you're being a little too hard on the guy?
You go fuck yourself, convict!
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It is a true classic, highlighting the true natural talent of Eddie Murphy. He and Nick Nolte play off each other well, and Nolte isn't too bad himself in the comedy department. Though his type of humor is much more subtle. He does get his digs in, on Mr. Murphy's expense, mind you. To the best of my knowledge, this was one of the first movies that combined excellent humor scenes with extreme violence and emotion. And while many tried to duplicate it, in later years, including other Eddie Murphy vehicles, such as "Beverly Hills Cop", nothing can compare to the original! However, the overall effort is marred by the thin plot and moments of such stupidity as to be jaw-dropping, rather than laugh inducing, especially concerning firearms and Nick Nolte's character, Jack Cates. What police officer of any training even if buzzed on whiskey complies with the order of a prime suspect in the murder of other law enforcement personnel to cede possession of his service weapon on the expectation of mercy? What police brass would not immediately remove this man from the force for negligent homicide of a fellow officer? Let alone give him another gun and put him back on the streets? Cates is one of the most inept hero characters I've seen on a screen. The crooks aren't that much smarter, though, since Cates manages to get them in the end with the help of his antagonistic convict partner, Reggie Hammond (Murphy), who's stupid enough to trust Cates with his loot. There are numerous exciting and hilarious moments, but none rival 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.
Overall rating: 9 out of 10.
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