48 Hrs.

48 Hrs.

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Director: Walter Hill

Cast: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole

     
 

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A variation on the "buddy-cop" hybridized genre, 48 HRS. greatly bolstered the career of Nick Nolte and made comedian Eddie Murphy a bonafide box-office sensation. When a pair of reckless cop-killers break out of prison, grizzled detective Jack Cates (Nolte) is left no alternative but to spring fast-talking hustler Reggie Hammond (Murphy) from the penitentiarySee more details below

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A variation on the "buddy-cop" hybridized genre, 48 HRS. greatly bolstered the career of Nick Nolte and made comedian Eddie Murphy a bonafide box-office sensation. When a pair of reckless cop-killers break out of prison, grizzled detective Jack Cates (Nolte) is left no alternative but to spring fast-talking hustler Reggie Hammond (Murphy) from the penitentiary in order to find the criminals. The catch: the pair only have 48 hours to complete their assignment before Hammond must return to prison. Naturally, the two despise each other and even engage in fisticuffs, but eventually the danger facing them proves a strong enough common bond for them to play on the same team, and even achieve a little mutual admiration.

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Barnes & Noble - Matthew Grimm
While this dark, often violent, and hilarious film from director Walter Hill will always be remembered as the one that launched Eddie Murphy's movie career, it may be even more significant as the prototype for visceral, R-rated buddy comedies. After a hair-raising opening shoot-out scene that leaves two cops dead, Hill sets his oddball pairing off and running. In order to track down the shooters, grizzled detective Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) springs their ex-partner from prison on a 48-hour pass. The wisecracking con, Reggie Hammond (Murphy), is less than enthused about the assignment, and Nolte and Murphy's razor-edged verbal (and physical) friction during the investigation quickly becomes the picture's centerpiece. Murphy's angry glower, street-smart swagger, and machine-gun delivery -- witness the now-legendary redneck bar scene -- is undeniably some of his most effective screen work. Still, it is the strategically fleshed-out juxtaposition of Nolte and Murphy’s characters that gives their improbable partnership its explosive comedic punch. Of all the cop-buddy shoot-'em-ups that have followed, such as the various Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour films, none has so effectively bottled the spark that Hill managed to capture between his two leads in this definitive action/comedy.
All Movie Guide
We've all seen plenty of buddy movies in which our two heroes first hate each other before somehow finding mutual respect -- not to mention the time to blow up stuff. But clichés have to start somewhere, and 48 Hrs. set the trend for more than a decade's worth of copycat buddy movies. Murphy, who was still a cast member on Saturday Night Live when he made his screen debut, is on fire from the first moment we see him, belting out an off-key "Roxanne."" Murphy displays the kinetic combination of action and humor that would become his trademark. And no one can play the hard-boiled cop like the splendidly raspy Nolte. Their chemistry and Murphy's spontaneity carry the film. In fact, 48 Hrs. is worth watching just for a scene in which Murphy is let loose in a redneck watering hole armed with nothing but a badge, a smile, and a whole lot of attitude. Director Walter Hill's exciting action sequences deserve a lot of credit for lifting this film above the usual fare, as do screenwriters Roger Spottiswoode and Walter Hill's one-liners. It's not perfect, and some clichés get tiring, even here -- why can't the bad guys ever shoot as well as the good guys? But if you've got a few hrs. to spare, 48 Hrs. is a great way to use them.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929304974
Original Release:
1982
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
18,863

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Jack Cates
Eddie Murphy Reggie Hammond
Annette O'Toole Elaine
Frank McRae Haden
James Remar Ganz
David Patrick Kelly Luther
Sonny Landham Billy Bear
Brion James Kehoe
Kerry Sherman Rosalie
Jonathan Banks Algren
James Keane Vanzant
Greta Blackburn Lisa
Margot Rose Casey
Denise Crosby Sally
Olivia Brown Candy
Todd Allen Young Cop
R.D. Call Duty Sergeant
Loyd Catlett Actor
Luis Contreras Actor
Bill Cross Actor
Reid Cruickshanks Prison Guard
Nick Dimitri Actor
Bennie E. Dobbins Actor
Ned Dowd Big Cop
B.G. Fisher Actor
Gloria E. Gifford Hooker
Jim Haynie Old Cop
Judith Holstra Actor
Peter Jason Cowboy Bartender
John Dennis Johnston Actor
Tara King Frizzy
Matt Landers Bob
Jack Lightsy Actor
Sandy Martin Policewoman
Chris Mulkey Cops
Clare Nono Ruth
Gary Pettinger Actor
Begonia Plaza Indian Hooker
Ola Ray Actor
Angela Louise Robinson Actor
Walter Scott Actor
Clint Smith Leroy
Jack Thibeau Detective
Brenda Venus Actor
Rock Walker Actor
W.T. Zacha Road Gang Guard
Jon St. Elwood Plainclothesman
Bill Dearth Thin Cop

Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director,Screenwriter
Glenn E. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
D. Constantine Conte Executive Producer
Freeman Davies Editor
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Christopher de Vore Screenwriter
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Larry Gross Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Gene Levy Production Designer
Joel Silver Producer
Roger Spottiswoode Screenwriter
John Vallone Production Designer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Ric Waite Cinematographer
Mark Warner Editor
Billy Weber Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 48 Hrs.
1. Armed and Dangerous
2. Eye Opener
3. Big Artillery
4. Attitude
5. 48 Hours
6. Luther
7. Guns and Badges
8. Crook on a Weekend Pass
9. The Underground
10. Vromans
11. The Boys are Back in Town
12. On the Move
13. End of Story
14. Merit System
15. End Credits

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