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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 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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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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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 »


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According to the book "Walter Hill: Last Man Standing" (2004) by Patrick McGilligan, the original high concept for the movie was conceived by producer Lawrence Gordon. See more »

Goofs

When Cates approaches Luther's door, his back is to a wall on the right of the doorway, where the balcony clearly stops. When enters the apartment, Luther runs across the doorway from the right, which would have been through that wall. See more »

Quotes

Cowboy Bartender: I don't give a shit what you do!
Reggie: Good!
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Alternate Versions

T.V. versions has two extra scenes. One featuring a walk with Nick Nolte and Annette O'Toole and a scene that occurs after the shootout at the B.A.R.T. Station between Cates and the Police Chief. The Chief tells him that Internal Affairs is on his back. Other scenes are extended by a few seconds and Denise Crosby is wearing a bra and panties in the T.V. version instead of being naked. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

NEW SHOES
By Brian O'Neal
Performed by The Bus Boys (as The Busboys)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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The original - and probably the best - of the "buddy-buddy" flicks.
28 November 2004 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

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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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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Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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