I love Walter Hill Movies. I have seen most but not all of his work. Some I have seen but…
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!
In this classic 80's buddy cop movie jaded cop Nick Nolte is paired up with wise ass criminal Eddie Murphy. It actually lives up to its synopsis as well. You get what you pay for , a lovable crime fighting duo.
You have the usual 80's character actors showing up Jonathan Banks , David Patrick Kelly , all ya need now is Dick Miller. I recognised certain pieces of music in this movie and I had to stop and go ... 'hang on is this Commando?'. Looked it up and they appear to have the same music producers. Swear they used the exact same track in both of these movies , probably more if you look hard enough!
Great cheesy 80's action. Super over the top, plenty of shouting and some good action. 80's classic.
”You know what I am? I'm your worst fuckin' nightmare, man. I'm a nigger with a badge which means I got permission to kick your fuckin' ass whenever I feel like it!”
48 Hrs could’ve met the same destiny many B-movies from the eighties met; meaning that Walter Hill's film could’ve been forgotten, lost in an ocean of celluloid. This becomes particularly plausible when one evidences that Hill’s film shares similar clichés and plotlines as many of those movies did. Withal, more than thirty years after its original run, 48 Hrs is very much alive as it is held as a small time B-movie classic. Much of this is to do with Hill’s presence in this project, it is true…
In 1982 Eddie Murphy was a god!
48 Hrs is a buddy cop action classic.
I was thoroughly entertained.
Great chemistry between the two leads, the villains are proper bastard scumbags, a lot of humour, funky score and well-choreographed stunts and action.
As much as I like it, Lethal Weapon doesn't compare to this gritty, witty, fast-paced buddy cop movie- perhaps the original and the best, and a blueprint for everything that would follow.
Really fun 80's buddy cop movie.
Eddie's best movie hands down!
Amid all the feel-good Christmas movies and serious Oscar contenders during the winter of 1982, "48 HRS" stormed into theaters like a grown-up breath of fresh air. It's a buddy cop movie Walter Hill style, with jarring violence and no-holds-barred language peppered with comedy, and despite the number of laughs, the entire tone is refreshingly mature.
Nick Nolte is at his sullen and surly best here, and for him a growl constitutes a mood, an expression and even dialogue. It's almost a parody of his image as an actor. Despite the fact the movie was not tailor made for Eddie Murphy (he was the fourth or fifth choice to play Nolte's co-star), he owns this picture and it's a true…
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