48 HRS 1982

48 HRS.

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Marking an auspicious feature film debut for Eddie Murphy, 48 Hrs. is a briskly paced action comedy that succeeds largely due to the outstanding chemistry between its two leads.

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Renegade cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) pulls bank robber Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from a federal prison on a 48-hour leave to help him capture Hammond's old partner, Albert Ganz (James Remar). Having escaped from a prison work crew, Ganz is on a killing spree around San Francisco, on the trail of half a million dollars that went missing after one of his robberies. The cocky Reggie knows where the money is, but spars with the hotheaded Jack as he enjoys his temporary freedom.

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  • May 26, 2016
    After reading so many positive reviews I was left wondering what it is that made people like it so much, After thinking about it, It must be the onscreen chemistry between Nick Nolte and starring in his first film Eddie Murphy, They worked great together but the rest of the film is pretty average, No real great action, Not much comedy to speak of, The story is nothing new, And it's predictable, It's not a bad movie but with all this praise I expected allot more.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2014
    Awful. Generic, predictable, and boring, this film is the sum of an endless number of tired buddy cop movie cliches. Cut those out of the film, and there's nothing left. Nothing at all. On top of that, there's only two good scenes in the entire film: the car chase/gunfight with the bus, and the scene at the redneck bar, which admittedly was very funny. Aside from that, there's nothing good about this film. The dialogue is amazingly repetitive (did the writers/producers/director even watch or edit this film while they were shooting it?). Murphy just makes cracks about getting laid (we get it, he's a playboy) and Nolte's character just keeps calling Murphy different slurs over and over again (we get it, he's a racist). None of this is funny, and it's hard enough to like Nolte's character without this anyway. Nick Nolte might just be the least likable actor I've seen in the history of cinematography. If not the least, he's sure as hell up there. There's not one thing about him here that's remotely redeeming or likable, and unsurprisingly, the character comes across as exactly the same way.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2013
    A stereotypical '80s buddy-cop type film, 48 HRS. is poorly made and overly contrived. In order to find an escaped prisoner named Ganz, detective Jack Cates gets one of Ganz's former gang members out of prison on a 48 hour pass to help him find Ganz. Nick Nolte is terrible, and angry acts in every scene. Eddie Murphy however, is pretty good and injects some much needed humor. The action is fairly well-done, but nothing too impressive or memorable. Dark and gritty, 48 HRS. tries to distinguish itself within the cop genre but ends up been typical schlock.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2013
    Unfairly undervalued. With all the confidence in the world, you can feel free to state that 48 Hrs. is just one in a million "buddy-cop" features that were so much exploited in the 80s and are still done and even parodied today, from the Lethal Weapons to the Rush Hours and then more (now that I think about it, most of them also decided to team up a black and a white guy). I have some arguments: a) This practically preceeded them all. 48 Hrs. gave birth to the violent action comedy trend and the buddy cop subgenre. Credit to what it is worth, this was a very attractive proposition that had new twists and turns to offer. You may argue that this is irrelevant as long as the film is not good, which leads me to the following points. b) The 80s seemed to be the decade that got everything right: two personalities drastically opposed to each other joining forces for a common purpose. So there are two conflicts to be solved: the crime-driven plot AND the partnership between each other. If these characters are a cold-blooded, badass-voiced, alcoholic, unscrupulous Nick Nolte and the comedic, scene-stealer, charismatic, hyperactive Eddie Murphy at the top of his game (the 80s), you've got a fun ride guaranteed, c) The villains WERE villains. Maybe the over-the-top amounts of violence shown today in all kinds of contexts have made the violence of before to seem tame in comparison, but people are not really capturing the vibe of the violence in these films: it is graphic, unexpected and relentless. Villains were soulless and would shoot unarmed cops and crime partners while laughing at it. d) I don't know if it is something regarding perception, the visual quality of the cameras of the 80s, the soundtrack, the vibe, the editing or the sound effects, but all action scenes felt more intense that they do now. The shootouts would pump you up easily. Action scenes were serious and tension was present. So, pay respect to the proper sources. 73/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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