Overall Rank: 2377
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 175
Theatrical Release Date: 12/08/1982
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Walter Hill
Actors: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly
Plot: 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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Indyfreak - wrote on 08/28/2018
The one liners fly as fast as the bullets and F bombs in Walter Hill's action comedy 48 Hours. For a buddy movie, the tone is surprisingly dark and gritty. If not for the light banter between Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, it could easily be mistaken for any standard gritty and dirty 80s cop movie. Special mention to James Remar for playing an especially nasty baddie.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/05/2018
Classic 80s buddy-cop comedy that paved the way for so many others (Rush Hour, Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon - lots more, I'm sure). The pairing works, Murphy is at the top of his game and a good time was had by all.
Gabe - wrote on 12/12/2012
Not the original "White/Black Buddy Cop" film, but probably the one that everything since then has modeled itself after. This is the clear inspiration for Rush Hour (1998). Eddie Murphy steals every scene that he's in, this is clearly his film where he made the leap from really good stand-up comedian/SNL actor, to "Movie Star." I rate this film as 2.5 stars because it's not that great of a film, but I also say, if you're a fan of any "buddy cop movie" since 1982, then you have to see this.
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TheWolf - wrote on 12/26/2007
Before Eddie Murphy's career took a nose dive in the late 80's and he decided to clean up his image in the early 90's he put together a number of cop films. 48 Hours was probably the first "buddy cop film" that can be attributed to inspiring a genre with more cliche's than you can count.
"48 Hrs" lays down the template for those to follow thusly: Nick Nolte plays a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, heavy swearing cop who's as popular with his superiors as he is with those he busts. After seeing two cops gunned down, he is forced to spring wise-cracking petty criminal Eddie Murphy from jail in order to catch the punk. Problem is, he has only forty-eight hours in which to crack the case before Murphy must go back inside.
Over all it was a pretty entertaining movie, it was also Eddie Murphys …
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