48 HRS

  • 15
  • Walter Hill (1982)
  • US
  • 99 min
48 HRS
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Trading Places apart, Eddie Murphy has never been better than in his exhilarating debut, which is still one of the best "buddy" cop thrillers ever made. Murphy plays the con who is sprung from prison by racist cop Nick Nolte in an attempt to track down psychopathic duo James Remar and Sonny Landham, who have escaped from a chain gang and are now back in town. Nolte and Murphy are perfectly paired: the latter all smooth charm and wisecracks, the former the rough, gruff straight man. Murphy's taming of a redneck bar deserves its place in the cinematic history books, while director Walter Hill also delivers the goods in the action stakes with some beautifully orchestrated shoot-ups and chases. It was followed by an uninspired retread Another 48 HRS in 1990.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. With vicious escaped convict Albert Ganz loose in San Francisco, bullish cop Jack Cates needs all the help he can get to track him down. Unfortunately, that "help" comes in the form of smart-mouthed young prisoner Reggie Hammond, who has his own reasons for stopping Ganz's rampage, and only a 48-hour release from jail in which to do it if he and Cates don't kill each other first!

Cast and crew

Cast

Detective Jack Cates
Nick Nolte
Reggie Hammond
Eddie Murphy
Elaine
Annette O'Toole
Captain Haden
Frank McRae
Albert Ganz
James Remar
Luther
David Patrick Kelly
Billy Bear
Sonny Landham
Kehoe
Brion James
Rosalie
Kerry Sherman
Algren
Jonathan Banks
Vanzant
James Keane

Crew

Director
Walter Hill

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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