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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…
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!
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.…
Walter Hill y 10 más.
I remember watching this when I was younger and it was a good film. However, I watched it again last night as whilst it was slightly funny in parts, the film has not aged well at all.
If you haven't seen it recently then don't bother as it will ruin the good memories you had about it.
My dick gets hard if the wind blows.
I hadn't seen this film in years and there was a time when I had fallen out of love with it. It was on TV tonight and decided to watch it and I liked it a lot this time. It's a well directed action comedy with a great cast. Sure, some of the language is quite dubious in 2016 but 'different time' and all that. The hotel shoot-out scene is tense and well shot and thankfully not over the top. Hill leaves that for the second film.
Top notch, high end "Cop plus blank" movie. I was a bit worried the racism in the movie would be slightly glorified but it wasn't. Fantastic cast with many a stand out performances, especially the leads.
One of the better buddy movies out there. Though not really true buddies, ha ha, since Jack Cates (San Francisco cop, Nolte) and Reggie Hammond (ex-con Murphy) are basically just using one another toward a common goal. Each has their own reasons. And the two play off each other brilliantly! Jack with his gregarious, no-shit-from-a-convict attitude verse the wisecracking, streetwise Hammond.
I love this movie. It's got solid action, plenty of humor, and a genuinuly good story. The street battle shootout featuring bus verse car is fantastic! As is the redneck bar scene. The bad guys are downright deplorable. James Remar is pure evil as escaped convict Albert Ganz. It seems he has no soul. His partner Billy Bear (Sonny…
Commedia poliziesca statunitense piuttosto classica con molti stereotipi del genere,dallo sbirro duro che non fa compromessi e se ne frega delle regole al criminale con la lingua troppo lunga per il suo stesso bene.
La meccanica alla "strana coppia" che si instaura nel film funziona abbastanza bene e ha dei momenti effettivamente divertenti,ma nel complesso niente di troppo unico od originale.
Filled with both great understanding of machisimo bravado and a complete lack of understanding of normal human behavior.
Films like this make the 80s great; solid fun, smart, gripping movies that are just tons of fun too watch. What makes 48 Hrs so awesome is it's simple story, it is a buddy cop homage, in a way, to the Kurosawa film Stray Dog, that adds a little more spice to it. The writing is top notch, constantly witty and smart, it drives the story as Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte give it the extra push that makes it great. The acting is also excellent, especially the two baddies; would but Ganz on my all time baddies list as an honorable mention. I wish Hollywood still made flicks like this, simple yet elegant in their own way.
Much nastier and stupider than I remembered.
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