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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.
jamrcla
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.
½ April 22, 2016
Eddie Murphy was really good. Hard to believe it was his first starring role. Nolte was good, too, but overall the film was very average.
April 6, 2016
This was the second movie I have seen from the franchise and I thought it was a very enjoyable, funny action movie with a good dialogue of funny scenes ready to happen. It's like as if you are expecting a funny scene to happen anytime you watch it. A great movie! And great acting from Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy!
March 17, 2016
Still a really good film. Yes, the action is not as good in 2016 as it was in 1982, but the movie still funny. I find it strange that people call this film cliche when this film actually created a lot of these cliches.
January 31, 2016
Commando took some notes here. David Patrick Kelly playing almost the same part with calypso styled music in the background. But the main thing is Eddie Murphy did a hell of a job as a debut, Nick Nolte was convincing even though the on screen chemistry between the two leads could have been better it's still a good film.
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