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One Cop. One Con. No Mercy.
A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Watching 48 Hrs. Conversation went something like this..
It's him from Predator!
It's him from Commando!
It's him from Batteries Not Included!
It's him from Blade Runner!
It's him from Gremlins!
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…
Eddie Murphy: "We have to find Luther and get my money."
Nick Nolte: "Oh Christ, I ::unintelligible::....goddammit."
Eddie Murphy: "Hey man, I don't want to go back to jail."
Nick Nolte: "Aw hell, grab me a frazzlgadsfd ::incoherent grizzled mumbling::"
I took the day off yesterday and spent most of it watching films. As I do with most of my days off, actually. I really should have dedicated all of it to watching buddy cop films as that would have been the logical decision considering I watched three of them.
Still, I decided to round things off with 48 Hrs, which was about my fourth or fifth viewing of the film. I think that Walter Hill's film is slightly different from the majority of the films in the genre in that it is lighter on the comedy and has something of a harder edge than most of its peers. It's more violent, more cynical, less showy and overall not really…
Perfectly 80 at it's most un PC. I love racism.
48 hrs isn't nearly enough.
This is a film that has no frills but plenty of thrills.
And that how I like my movies.
This is a film that has dated Massively, but when films are made this well dates don't matter. Nolte and Murphy are brilliant, and the lines they have to deliver are also brilliant.
And in truth, it seems dated because the story has been done so many times before. But this was released in 1982. The story has rarely been done better, and Eddie Murphy was the 2nd coolest man in the world.
...behind Nick Nolte.
Simply one of the best action-comedies of any era. Two stars at their absolute peak. And the simplicity! Just two guys hunting two other guys through the streets of San Francisco. Who needs 'splosions and helicopter snipers when you've got chemistry like this?
I've always felt as though this film is a right of passage, but now that I have gotten around to watching it, I am still left wanting for more gratification. I thought the two characters were great, don't get me wrong. However, they were dealt extremely weak character developments - less than five minutes each was spent on the main characters' back-stories. It was a film that reached its climax at a breakneck speed - which, what else should one expect from a 1.5 hour action film?
In the end, Hill gets the job done with some excellent action sequences. The script offers some fantastic "fuck you" one-liners and other dryly humorous moments. There's a great antihero in James Remar's Ganz. And let's face it, sarcastic Eddie Murphy is the best Eddie Murphy, and here he is straight cynical.
A gruff cop enlists the help of a convict in order to find and capture a pair of cop killers. I knew of this movie as a sort of buddy cop film and it's frequently considered one of Eddie Murphy's better comedies. Because of this, was a bit shocked by how violent the film is. Blood squibs are used and multiple people are murdered in the film. This isn't a complaint though, I love that the film turned away from being goofy. Murphy is quite good here, and I think the idea of paring he and Nick Nolte together is inspired. The two actually have a lot of chemistry, though the friendship between the two is laid on a little…
Although it is reasonably watchable this movie is not funny enough to be a good comedy and can't be taken seriously enough to be a good cop movie. It seems like an adolescent's idea of tough-guy movie. I have to watch Geronimo and The Long Riders again to see if Walter Hill has ever really made a good movie. After seeing this and Wild Bill recently I have my doubts.
The golden 80's.
So much dumber than I remembered. Central chemistry works, but it's practically the only thing that does. And that redneck bar was in SF?!
I saw this when it opened an it still holds up. This is Murphy's first film and probably second only to TRADING PLACES. Also, it's still one of the best buddy cop flicks ever.
This was Eddie Murphy's first movie? Jesus, he just HAD it.
Nick Nolte on the Mumbly Grumbly scale: 6.5/10. (Note: for his role in Luck, Nolte scored a solid ten. I don't think any entire line of dialog was comprehensible.)
Mike Ehrmantraut was indeed a beat cop before becoming Gus's head of security.
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