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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Cates
... Reggie Hammond
... Elaine
... Haden
... Ganz
... Luther
... Billy Bear
... Kehoe
... Rosalie
... Algren
... Vanzant
Tara King ... Frizzy
... Lisa
... Casey
... 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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8 December 1982 (USA)  »

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48 Hours  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,369,868, 12 December 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,868,508
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Trivia

Crediting this film as the first "buddy/cop" movie is erroneous, besides the fact that Eddie Murphy's character's not a cop, it was preceded by Freebie and the Bean (1974) with James Caan and Alan Arkin. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Reggie: I've been in prison for three years. My dick gets hard if the wind blows.
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48 HRS.
Written and recordings produced by Brian O'Neal
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The best of the buddy pics; Murphy's debut is one of the best in film
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48HRS. (1982) *** Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Sonny Landham, Frank McRae, Brion James. One of the best `buddy' action films of all time: Nolte is in rare form as perpetually growling, angry heavy – drinking San Francisco cop Jack Gates who has his hands full when a crazed cop-killing escaped con and his partner go on a rampage with his only resort being motormouthed, street smart Reggie Hammond (Murphy in his scene-stealing big screen debut that made him an overnight sensation in addition to lighting the fuse while the star of `Saturday Night Live') who coincidentally is serving a sentence for being one of the maniac's former crew members on their last gig together (a cache of money only Reggie knows where is hidden). With only 48 hours on leave from the joint the odd couple are forced to help each other overcoming their own racism, violent means and genuine opposites attract mojo working in overdrive. High octane action directed sleekly by Walter Hill and the unexpurgated energetic glee Murphy exudes kicks the film into overdrive. Look for The Busboys (Eddie's fave band) providing the ironic cover of `The Boys Are Back in Town' and for trivia buffs, that's Olivia Brown as the object of Eddie's libido, who would go on to co-star in tv's `Miami Vice' and indie star Chris Mulkey in a bit part as a uniformed cop.


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