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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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Walter Hill
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Jack Cates
Eddie Murphy ... Reggie Hammond
Annette O'Toole ... Elaine
Frank McRae ... Haden
James Remar ... Ganz
David Patrick Kelly ... Luther
Sonny Landham ... Billy Bear
Brion James ... Kehoe
Kerry Sherman ... Rosalie
Jonathan Banks ... Algren
James Keane ... Vanzant
Tara King Tara King ... Frizzy
Greta Blackburn ... Lisa
Margot Rose ... Casey
Denise Crosby ... Sally
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty Eight Hours See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,369,868, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:

$78,868,508

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,868,508
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Eisner, then head of Paramount, was worried that the film was not funny enough. Walter Hill and Larry Gross wrote more material tailored to Nick Nolte's and Eddie Murphy's personalities. By Hill's account, they rewrote Murphy's character right to the very last day of shooting. See more »

Goofs

When listing the soundtrack in the closing credits, the song Roxanne is credited as written by S. Sting, rather than Sting. See more »

Quotes

Patrol Officer #1: We got a burglary call. Two women reported a couple of hoods busting into their place posing as cops.
Jack: Yeah, I followed a lead, we rousted 'em. Why don't you guys go sweet-talk 'em, straighten it out?
Patrol Officer #1: I've got a better idea, why don't you go do it yourself? We've got better things to do than straighten out your messes.
Jack: I'll file a report tomorrow.
Patrol Officer #1: Yeah? I'm gonna file a report tonight.
Jack: Yeah? Goes with the territory.
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Alternate Versions

The Swedish version was cut by 3 1/2 min by the censors. The shootout at the hotel (and some violence to some women) was shortened by almost 2 min, the beating of Luther was omitted by 24 sec, the fist fight between Cates and Hammond was missing 57 sec of violence. The gundown of Ganz was also removed. See more »

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Soundtracks

48 HRS.
Written and recordings produced by Brian O'Neal
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The start of the 80's buddy cop movie?
7 September 1999 | by Peach-2See all my reviews

It seems that after 48 HRS, buddy cop movies had a simple plot. Catch the bad guys while being as funny and silly as possible. There is alot of bad buddy cop movies, this is one of the best. Considering one is a cop and the other is a convict it shouldn't really be considered a buddy cop movie. I watched this film a couple of days ago because it had been awhile since I watched it a thousand times on cable television as a kid. I was surprised at the amount of racial comments made in this film, I guess as a child I didn't really pay attention to those comments. The movie is still solid, definitely one of Walter Hill's best films. Eddie Murphy is perfecting his onscreen personality in his first film. Beverley Hills Cop wasn't far behind. Nick Nolte feels like a tired detective in this film. Nolte has always seemed like the perfect tired private eye or detective to me. The rough voice, the lined and aged face, he just seems right. The movie is exciting and tight, one of the best action films of the eighties.


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