48 HRS

48 HRS

Walter Hill (1982)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A hard-bitten cop goes on the trail of two escaped fugitives who killed several of his fellow officers. He needs someone with inside knowledge of the criminals, and is reluctantly forced to temporarily release a fast-talking thief from prison to help him in his investigation. Comedy thriller, starring Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy and Annette O'Toole.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Walter Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing, nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy