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48 Hrs. (1982)

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A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.


Walter Hill
3,460 ( 488)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Tara King Tara King ... Frizzy
Greta Blackburn ... Lisa
Margot Rose ... Casey
Denise Crosby ... Sally


Oddball cop and tough guy, Jack Cates is the only survivor of a cop shooting and in hunting down the murderer collects Reggie Hammond from jail for 48 hours. Hammond is oddly motivated to help. The killer is searching for his stash of cash. Cates and Hammond who have the Black-white, cop-crook thing to work out make surprisingly good partners as they navigate through the city looking for their suspect. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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When a tough cop has a cool convict as a partner and 48 hrs to catch a killer, a lot of funny things can happen in . . . 48 HRS. [Australia Theatrical] See more »


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Did You Know?


The film's plot, of a detective searching for his stolen service weapon, directly resembles the narrative of Akira Kurosawa's 1949 film Stray Dog. Instead of a dual-protagonist vehicle, it saw Toshiro Mifune plunge the depths of the Tokyo underworld to mark the thief and retrieve the weapon. See more »


The broken taillight on the Cadillac switches sides and both are working between shots. See more »


Jack: Is Luther part of the gang?
Reggie: What gang you talkin' 'bout, Jack?
Jack: Hey, I can read a police file, shit-head. Quit calling me Jack.
Reggie: It's just an expression, all right? I don't mean nothin' by it.
Jack: I don't give a damn. It happens to be my name.
Reggie: What the hell you complainin' for? At least nobody callin' you shit-head.
Jack: I may call YOU worse than THAT.
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Alternate Versions

The Swedish version was cut by 3 1/2 min by the censors. The shootout at the hotel (and some violence to some women) was shortened by almost 2 min, the beating of Luther was omitted by 24 sec, the fist fight between Cates and Hammond was missing 57 sec of violence. The gundown of Ganz was also removed. See more »


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27 June 2004 | by LuboLarssonSee all my reviews

Before I decided to comment on this film I clicked on Eddie's name to see what films he had coming up, Daddy Day Camp, thats right a sequel to Daddy Day Care. Is there really anyone who wants to see that? Compare Daddy Day Care, Dr Dolittle or god help us Haunted Mansion to 48 hrs, hmmmm slightly different aren't they. What has happened to Eddie Murphy, OK fair enough do the odd kiddie film but please, please do some adult comedy/action thrillers too, because isn't that what made him a superstar in the first place? 48 hrs was Eddie's first film and he is absolutely brilliant in it. He is helped by the excellent Nick Nolte to be fair. Eddie is in prison and cop Nolte needs his help to catch a very mean criminal, so he gets him out of jail for 48 hrs to team up with him, and they hate each other! they hate each other a lot! what follows is some of the best comedy and action seen in any film in the 80's or anyother decade for that matter. Directed by Walter Hill who has made some cracking films like The Wanderers and Southern Comfort, this film never lets up its terrific entertainment. Several years later they made a carbon copy follow up called Another 48 hrs but it was very disappointing, it couldn't match the original but then again what could? Even Lethal Weapon isn't quite in the same class as 48 hrs ***8/10***

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Release Date:

8 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty Eight Hours See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,369,868, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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