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½ March 10, 2018
James Remar busts out of jail with the help of Sunny Landham. They encounter cynical loner cop Nick Nolte, kill a couple of cops and steal Nolte's gun in the process. Eddie Murphy is a former associate of Remar's who's serving time. Nolte gets him out on a 48 hour pass to help track down Remar. Although there had been a few prior instances of the buddy cop genre ("Freebie and the Bean" and "Cops and Robbers", for example), this film is the birth of the genre in the form we know it. It's also still one of the best of it's genre. It's co-written and directed by Walter Hill during his creative peak, and uses many of the actors he returned to regularly (Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Brion James) about as effectively as popular. The film's biggest strength is that both leads are in top form. This is Murphy's breakout role and he was rarely better.
February 2, 2018
One of the best buddy-cop movies of the 80's and one of Murphy's best performances as the wise cracking con. A very confident debut from Murphy.
A young attractive Annette O'Toole plays Nolte's Girlfriend and the villain is Billy from Predator.

80's classic
December 29, 2017
Roger Ebert's review of this film is spot on. Nothing great about the story, but this movie is a staple of 80's action films. The banter between Nolte and Murphy is great. The redneck bar scene is one of the most memorable scenes of any 80's film. This film launched Eddie Murphy's film career and made him into one of the biggest stars of the 80's and 90's.
December 28, 2017
Good buddy cop movie starring Eddie Murphy and nick nolte. Buddy cop movies are a cliche now a days but this is the original buddy cop movie and it was great and even though I've seen a lot of buddy cop movies, I like this movie. The Chemistry between Eddie Murphy and nick nolte is great.
½ October 16, 2017
One of the first "buddy cop" films and one of the better ones of the genre. Not much about this film is significantly amazing, but all of the elements of the film are in place and work, as long as the chemistry between the two leads is sound. Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy are great together and their dialogue snaps and crackles with great wit. You see, early in his career, Eddie Murphy let the writing/directing aid his style to humorous effect. Here, the man isn't aware that he's funny and that's why the humor of the film works as well as it does. The racial components of he film may feel a bit forced, but for the most part, this is a better than average written film.
½ October 16, 2017
Didn?t age well but not bad
½ September 17, 2017
This is an older movie that I still enjoy watching from time to time. It has a few racial slurs in it that might upset people in this day and age, but at its heart it is still a decent flick. Eddie Murphy was a powerhouse in the 80's and this is a worth while movie for fans of him.
April 6, 2017
Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy team up to take down a couple of bad guys. It's one of the movies people first think of when they think of buddy cop films. It's not bad, but it's not one of my favorites in the genre. Too profane at times. (First and only viewing - 4/6/2017)
½ April 6, 2017
A cop gets a convict out of jail for 48 hours so he can help him catch a cop killer. So many wonderful characters in this movie. Walter Hill really knew that to make a good movie you need interesting characters. Murphy and Nolte really excel.
January 24, 2017
Boy, times have changed. I didn't recall how terse the language was. I originally watched this movie back in 1982 as a freshman in HS. Yikes.
November 7, 2016
Buddy Cop 1.0. Eddie Murphy makes history!
½ September 9, 2016
Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy star in the cop drama 48 hours. Two dangerous cop killers that have escaped from prison and are on the lose. After killing two cops one, with Nolte's own gun, he has no choice but to close the case fast. He enlists Murphy from prison to help as he has some leads on the killers. He can only release him for 48 hours and the chase begins. 48 Hours is gritty, and filled with good action and Nolte and Murphy have good chemistry. The film paves the way for many future cop partner films to come.
½ August 23, 2016
Walter Hill directed an action. masterpiece with this buddy cop film that not only commercialised the subgenre, but set the standards for similar films in years to come
August 10, 2016
48 HRS. is a great action comedy movie. This is another great Eddie Murphy movie. This movie is very entertaining and action-packed. Two thumbs up! I would very much suggest this movie.
½ August 7, 2016
Hard nosed and gritty detective teams up with convict Reggie Hammond (Played hysterically and humorously by Eddie Murphy) and the pair have 48 hours to catch some cop killers in this original buddy action comedy that started the genre.
½ July 17, 2016
Awesome Sunday afternoon viewing
July 3, 2016
"48 Hrs." delivers, '80s action comedy-style. Two protagonists that don't get on well, lightweight atmosphere, very good chases, complete with female nudity and outdated phraseology concerning black people. It's nothing riveting but the small duration, the tense final act, the likable partnership of Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy and the sure hand of director Walter Hill ensure "48 Hrs." is a pleasant affair.
½ July 3, 2016
A short list of things that don't age well : THIS. The comedy is slow, the pacing is horrific, and what stood to be shocking then is simply offensive now.
Super Reviewer
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.
½ May 24, 2016
A very solid buddy cop action movie, and a great debut for Eddie Murphy.
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