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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.…
"This ain't no god damn way to start a partnership."
Walter Hill's The Getaway?
Walter Hill and Nick Nolte try to make a hard-hitting crime drama about alcoholism and police violence while Eddie Murphy tries to make The Eddie Murphy Show. Nick Nolte takes a shot and smokes a cigarette for every hour he doesn't sleep (which is a lot), and Eddie Murphy cracks a joke for every hour he doesn't get laid (which is even more). The flashes of Peckinpah make this way more interesting for me than it would be otherwise, but unfortunately whether it's because a lot of the stuff here has become a cliché or because I'm just too late to the party, this one fell a little flat for me.
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.
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 mean, 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.
It's amazing how unlikable they allowed Nolte to be in this. Like, he's truly just a garbage person. And it's curious how distracting Brion James' scenes always are now that I know he's the Iceman.
Eddie Murphy deservedly became a superstar after this movie. He has supernatural levels of charisma and steals the film whenever he's onscreen. But everyone knows that. What most of us have forgotten is just how hilarious Nick Nolte is in this film. He's possibly the worst cop in the history of film. Yes, Harvey Keitel and Nicolas Cage in the respective "Bad Lieutenant" films are pretty rotten individuals, but at least they are competent police officers. Nolte, on the other hand, is a racist, crotchety, self-absorbed prick AND he's one of the most incompetent police officers in cinema history. At least two people die in this movie just because Nolte is so terrible at his job. He drinks on duty.…
Entertaining 'buddy cop' movie with a difference - in that it's actually pretty grim and gritty. Looking a little dated now, this is a picture that certainly benefits from two charismatic and entertaining leads with genuine chemistry. Otherwise, it's all a bit shooty-bang-bang-shooty-bang-shoot, which is all good - but the first twenty minutes is faintly depressing. Worth a look.
The original and still the best buddy cop movie.
Very solid buddy cop film
Thanks to Walter Hill's engaging direction, an intriguing crime story to keep things flowing, and strong chemistry between Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, 48 hours is a fantastic action comedy that screams the 1980's and will have you rolling in laughter and on the edge of your seat at the same time.
I noticed a lot of reviews of this movie on here and I figured that I step in with my quickie review for what I consider to be the father of the modern action-comedy.
A lot of people went into this movie thinking that it was an all around laugh fest and it is funny. However, the laughs are subtle and that's what makes the comedy portions of the film effective. As for the action, they keep everything raw, gritty and realistic, not bombastic and over-the-top. Murphy and Nolte are great together and Walter Hill's direction is top notch.
The pacing is the only thing that kept it from being a five-star rated review. Other than that, "48 Hrs." is a great movie and definitely one of Eddie Murphy's greatest films!
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