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.
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!
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…
I took the day off yesterday and spent most of it watching films. As I do with most of my days off, actually. I really should have dedicated all of it to watching buddy cop films as that would have been the logical decision considering I watched three of them.
Still, I decided to round things off with 48 Hrs, which was about my fourth or fifth viewing of the film. I think that Walter Hill's film is slightly different from the majority of the films in the genre in that it is lighter on the comedy and has something of a harder edge than most of its peers. It's more violent, more cynical, less showy and overall not really…
48 hrs isn't nearly enough.
This is a film that has no frills but plenty of thrills.
And that how I like my movies.
This is a film that has dated Massively, but when films are made this well dates don't matter. Nolte and Murphy are brilliant, and the lines they have to deliver are also brilliant.
And in truth, it seems dated because the story has been done so many times before. But this was released in 1982. The story has rarely been done better, and Eddie Murphy was the 2nd coolest man in the world.
...behind Nick Nolte.
The "buddy cop" movie has to be one of my favourite genres of all time. And while I grew up watching "Lethal Weapon", "Red Heat" and "Die Hard" (don't you dare saying Alan doesn't count!) religiously, I don't quite remember seeing the first of its kind "48 Hrs." ever in its entirety. Today I tried to catch up and was quite suprised how badly this has aged. I found the subject matter to be quite shocking actually.
The plot is quickly established: A dangerous criminal played by James Remar is broken out of prison by his buddy Billy Bear (played by the Native American from "Predator"). While they try to get the money from an old coup from the guy…
Part of the 1982 Project
How to make the ultimate 80s Action/Buddy-Cop Movie
Start off with lots of cheese, say the tune from Commando.
Sprinkle in Ajax from The Warriors, Billy from Predator. Sully from Commando.
Add a touch of Tasha Yar from Star Trek TNG, Deputy Brent from Gremlins, Leon from Blade Runner AND Lana Lang from Superman 3
Finish off with Nick Noltes amazing 80s hairdo and Eddie Murphys laugh and you will have the ultimate 80s movie.
Macho and mean-spirited; definitely a Walter Hill film. No wonder this shit made Eddie Murphy a star. No complaints.
When I recently saw Animal House for the first time, I commented on how it not only kicked off the subgenre of frat films, but managed to be an amicable entry within that canon beyond its historical importance. 48 Hrs., one of the first real buddy cop films, does not do the same. It started the wave and did it while being mediocre. Murphy and Nolte have close to no chemistry, the whole thing is disagreeably racist (paraphrasing, "sorry I called you nigger and watermelon! we're good, right?" "yep we are suddenly best friends!"), the action's both deflated and brutal to a point of losing all comedy.
Nolte's character is...fucking awful. Jack's such a kitschy dunce. throw in painful one-liners,…
Eddie Murphy makes it worthwhile.
"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!"
A 'buddy comedy' of sorts that is repeatedly raised by Murphy's inestimable charisma, but can never really escape Nolte's complete inability to connect with the audience or his co-star.
#25 movie from my hubby's GTA 5 list for me.
A funny buddy cop movie with Nolte and Murphy at their best.
Wow. Talk about a vast difference in my memory of a film and the film itself.
Nolte - angry all the time, less interesting than I remember.
Murphy - not as funny as I remember.
The script - a lot less interesting, a lot more boring, a lot more straightforward than I remember.
Definitely as racist as I remember.
On the whole, Walter Hill's effort doesn't stand the test of time and doesn't need to be revisited except as a curiosity. At least by me.
An enjoyable action comedy, with the chemistry between the two leads really making the movie work. Unfortunately there were a few too many happy and unhappy coincidences in the plot, which are the result of lazy writing.
Surprisingly fresh for a 30-year-old movie, with even the well-worn buddy-cop tropes feeling brand-new. Pretty amazing.
sort of looks old and dirty now, defo tell its an 80s film