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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.
Director Walter Hill is primarily know for three things: 1) action 2) an active camera and 3) testosterone. No film of his plays up all three and balances them quite like 48hrs. Add to that the comic powerhouse that is Eddie Murphy's film debut with an equal foil that is Nick Nolte's lone wolf cop and you get a high-octane and energetic neo-buddy-cop film that delivers from the amazing Hill-centric cast to James Horner's fantastic score.
The Roger Spottiswoode/Walter Hill story of a cop that has 48 hours to use a convict to solve a prison escape hits the ground running.
Hill's film starts it's action thrust from minute one. Scenes are kinetic, the narrative moves and we get just…
Walter Hill's filmography reads like a cult-canon of underrated classics. From The Driver to Southern Comfort, The Warriors to Streets Of Fire, he gave us compelling, profanity littered films with style and attitude. For some though 48 HRS slips below the radar among those minor cult films from the now 72 year old director, but it still has all his trademark visuals and frenetic action-heavy aesthetics.
It's hard to believe that this was Eddie Murphy's first film role. He came across as so confident in his ability, his star potential was obvious. Here he plays a convict who is released from prison for 48 hours in order to help gruff cop Nick Nolte capture an escaped con who killed two…
What the hell happened to Eddie Murphy?
Back in the '80s, his career exploded, and he rode a steady upward trajectory, such that it seemed there was no end in sight for this rising star. Although there were a couple of missteps along the way (I'm looking at you, Golden Child and Best Defense), his filmography consisted of an almost-unbroken string of hits. Beginning with this film, 48 Hrs., he gave the world wonderful performances in Trading Places, Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop, and some not-terrible sequels. Let's just pretend Harlem Nights never happened. His hits all had something in common. They were intelligent comedies with a heart, and were genuinely entertaining. Then, except for a couple of decent…
It is hard to know what to make of Walter Hill's "48 Hrs." Its reputation as an odd-couple, buddy comedy not withstanding, the film is a gritty, sometimes ugly cop drama/action outing. Eddie Murphy is on hand to temper the grit, adding a lighter tone than the film would have without him, but there is no whimsy or easy entertainment here.
"48 Hrs." follows Nick Nolte's hard-edge detective as he hunts a cop killer. Using Murphy's two-day parolee to help track the killer, the two men form an uneasy alliance. The plot throws in shoot-outs, stand-offs, and other stock beats common to this type of film. It is a solid premise and story, resulting in a watchable, mostly engaging film.…
There are three great scenes in this film: when Eddie Murphy struts and abuses his temporary power to fuck with a bar full of racists, when Murphy and Nolte duel a bus in a cadillac, and the tense final chase/shootout that, despite all the bullshit you have to wade through to get there, is beautiful in neon and fog. And there are some okay moments in between, but all of that is drowned out in racism (at least it's accurate! all the cops are pieces of shit!), sexism (women are literally cast aside repeatedly), and homophobia (in a few small jokes mostly at Eddie Murphy's expense). An incredible disappointment from Walter Hill, who usually cuts the chaff out and leaves only indescribable action. Nice to see not one but two Twin Peaks actors getting screen time here, though.
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!
Before Beverly Hills Cop, there was 48 Hrs. Not that this was a straight comedy by any means --it is all along an action cop movie with a few comedic elements thrown into the dramatic scenario--, but, boy, has Eddie Murphy ever been this cool anywhere else? He is so cool, it's almost not even funny. Almost :D
The first minutes show us a chaing gang escape with the grittiness you can expect from such events under Walter Hill's direction. (Remember, we are talking the man who brought us the classic Charles Bronson flick Hard Times here. Heck, Hill even wrote my favourite Steve McQueen picture, The Getaway!) A mentally disturbed con (James Remar) is aided by his Indian friend…
Once a trendsetting "buddy cop" originator, now full of cliches and a dull plot.
Eddie Murphy is fantastic and turns a genuine star-making performance though. So much charisma it's unbelievable.
in questo Classico Buddy Cop Thriller Nick Nolte è il Duro poliziotto dal cuore tenero mentre Eddie Murphy è l'astuto ma nobile criminale. Un Poliziesco standard, quasi generico, non possiede una grande ed intricata storia, rimane modesta ma riesce comunque ad essere interessante grazie alle interazioni dei due protagonisti che sono il vero cuore del film. La musica crea la giusta atmosfera e alcune scene funzionano molto come una in pianosequenza nella stazione di polizia e un inseguimento in metro in pieno stile "The French Connection", ma sopratutto il finale nel vicolo funziona, con quello sguardo che fa Nick Notle da far venire i Brividi.
I think the reason that 48 Hrs has always been a favorite of mine is that it straddles two periods in the genre; early in the 80's enough to still have the sensibilities of such 70's cop movies as Dirty Harry, whilst simultaneously on the cusp of the modern action movies like Lethal Weapon.
Nick Nolte is all gruffness and heft as the hard nosed cop, while Eddie Murphy reminds us of just what a talent he was before self indulgence got the better of him.
The action has a brutal edge to it, with dialogue that is sharp, witty and hilariously profane.
I love Nick Nolte.
I knew going in this was the first buddy cop film to set up the formula we'd grow used to in the 80's and 90's. What I didn't know was that this isn't a freewheeling comedy full of quips. It's a legitimate gritty action thriller with bloody shootouts and heavy consequences. If anything, it has more in common with DIRTY HARRY than RUSH HOUR.
Nolte absolutely owns every inch of the screen. He shoots racial slurs as quickly as he shoots bad guys, not because he's racist, but because he just flat out doesn't take shit from anyone.
Eddie Murphy is in his breakout, and most restrained roll here, as a wise-talking criminal. He's funny, but never overbearing. He counters…
48 HRS. is Eddie Murphy's first movie. He's also the best part.
My review -- this action/adventure/cultural/crime film title is now on DVD and yes it does have a solid profit margin of roughly $68 million. The basic storyline is this; the audience bears witness to this criminal escaping from prison and he is now on the search for this large sum of money.
The first thing I should point out is the fact that this film title has an 18 certificate which basically means there will be weapons being used, adult language references, death and especially within this title the unpleasant terminology of African-American so I would be very selective on whom you showed this film title to.
Now I have gotten that out of the way with I can now…
48 Hrs. is still the cynical, violent buddy cop film that I remembered; showcasing Murphy's talents in ::that:: memorable bar scene. HRS is still one of my favorite Hill's (Hard Times is #1) and Nolte/Murphy's chemistry could ice any buddy cop duo not named Poitier or Steiger.
Perhaps the last three decades worth of genre films can be attributed to 48 Hrs. success. I prefer to think of it as the time Eddie filmed a few genre essentials '82-88. Dare I say canon.
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