48 Hrs. Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 2291

Average Rating: 2.8/4

# of Ratings: 173

Theatrical Release Date: 12/08/1982

Language: English

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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Rating of
2.5/4

Indyfreak - wrote on 08/29/2018

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.

Rating of
3/4

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.

Rating of
2.5/4

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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Rating of
3/4

Eddie Murphy's first film

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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