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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…
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!
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.…
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48 Hrs. is decent fun lifted by a great Hill direction (which mostly generates thrills through the employment of a lot of close-ups and medium shots). In some ways it has dated, but the film is shot with an edginess which is still very appealing, and is rescued at every turn by charismatic performances.
48 Hrs. was an important film in the buddy cop sub genre, and is at its best with the charm handcuffed to the anti-charm. Eddie Murphy here has one of the great debut entrances into cinema, wailing away at Roxanne in the distance before Nolte meets him. It's a restrained but hilarious and impressive debut role,…
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…
Nick Nolte is the ultimate curmudgeon and it makes this film amazing. Eddie Murphy is fun as a convict on a 48 hour reprieve from prison to catch his old criminal partners and get his money back. A lot of shooting, yelling, and tire squealing.
The plot is not super deep and acting is replaced by people just yelling at each other, but this movie was one of the original buddy cop movies and is still fun to watch today.
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Adoro esse filme de Walter Hill, o roteiro é muito bom e a relação entre duas figuras completamente opostas (os personagens vividos por Nick Nolte e Eddie Murphy) acabou dando certo, humor e ação na medida certa.
A great buddy cop 80's film. Nolte pushing the pounds of racism even for the 80's but Murphy is hilarious. Almost giving a better performance than Beverly Hills Cop
"I was just doing my job, keeping you down."
The pauses, the couple of extra seconds tacked on the end of every establishing shot, the background action -- they're everything
It's like Midnight Run, except exactly like Midnight Run.
I can definitely see the appeal - it's the archetypal buddy cop movie with iconic actors - but I dunno. I think it got too abrasive for me or something. Nah, I was just pretty bored.
One of my all time favorites.
What's not to like?
Eddie Murphy was at the top of his game. Pairing up with Nolte gave some great comedic sparring between the two completely different actors. Filled with great one liners and action. This is a movie that never gets old.
This movie was okay. I might have to watch it again, but I liked it.
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