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48 HRS.
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by Scott Weinberg

"Pretty funny for such a violent movie, and vice versa."
4 stars

Big-screen debut of comedian Eddie Murphy and a pretty solid Walter Hill action flick in its own right, 48 Hours begat about 12 dozen ripoffs, knock-offs, and say nothing of its own sequel a few years later.

48 Hours might not be quite good enough to forgive the plague it carried, but when you throw a joyously gruff Nick Nolte into the mix - the flick’s more than entertaining enough.

The plot is nothing more than a mildly clever cop-flick diversion: a no-nonsense cop has to pair up with a convict in an effort to catch a particularly nasty killer. That’s pretty much it, though a framework this sketchy may have been by design, as the film’s best asset is simply the chemistry between the two leading men.

Murphy’s rambunctious bar sequence must be seen to be believed, a few action scenes keep the flick moving along briskly, and an impressive cast of familiar character actors (Brion James, James Remar, Frank McRae) fill out the background effectively.

Watch it tonight, and 48 Hours may seem panfully dated and more than a little familiar, but keep in mind that this one hit the screns in 1982 - when a buddy/cop flick was actually a novel proposition.

Even on its own merits, this is not a great movie, but there’s something to be said for genre flicks well-conceived, even if they’re kinda flimsy in the plot department. Plus there are few things funnier than an appearance by the young Eddie Murphy.

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11/17/17 morris campbell a funny gritty cassic 4 stars
10/31/09 Jeff Wilder A classic action comedy. Murphy and Nolte are at the top of their game. 5 stars
1/17/08 George Chabot Shamefully underrated. Needs to be recognized as one of the best cop comedies there is. 5 stars
2/06/07 AJ Muller Butch and Sundance may have invented the buddy movie, but this flick perfected it. Classic. 5 stars
12/29/06 David Pollastrini very funny 4 stars
3/24/06 Sugarfoot My favorite Walter Hill masterpiece. Avoid the dull sequel. 5 stars
3/01/06 Quentin Congress This is one of the best action/comedy-buddy movies of the '80s 5 stars
5/21/04 Agent Sands A great movie, and the beginning of the golden age of Eddie Murphy. 4 stars
12/19/03 ROY L. CAIN,JR. The all-time best buddy action movie of the '80's.Impressive debut for Mr. Murphy. 5 stars
11/27/03 John tough, funny, honest and brilliant 5 stars
11/06/03 Tom S one of the best films of all time, they don't make'em like this anymore 5 stars
9/09/03 Laura Stuart I wanted to bitch slap Murphy , and make out with James Remar!!! 5 stars
7/09/03 Sam Moszynski Best cop-buddy movie ever! 5 stars
5/11/03 Andrew Carden Surprisingly Funny Pairing Makes This Comedy Work. Nolte Is FANTASTIC. 4 stars
3/12/03 Butterball Cenobite tons of fun; Nolte and Murphy make a great team; Murphy is hysterical 4 stars
1/15/03 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik I love this movie. 4 stars
1/11/03 Jack Sommersby A full-throttle, two-fisted, exciting action classic. Nolte & Murphy are a dream team. 5 stars
11/01/02 Stefan Halka There is constant good banter between Nolte and Murphy which makes this film enjoyable. 4 stars
10/18/02 Jay Eddie Murphy's first film. 5 stars
10/16/02 Charles Tatum I just wished someone would shoot either Nolte or Eddie; annoying 3 stars
9/02/02 y2mckay Pre-suck eddie Murphy and gruff Nick Nolte have good buddy-cop chemistry 4 stars
8/22/02 Justin Cool! 5 stars
9/13/01 R.W. Welch The two leads play off each other pretty well; an entertaining outing. 4 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa Unlike "Beverly Hills Cop 2," "48 HRS." knows just when 2B serious and just when 2B funny. 4 stars
12/06/00 Cristopher Revilla pretty good buddy move, and funny too 4 stars
9/08/00 Bender Murphy at his best. Hilarious Cop movie. 4 stars
9/04/00 The Extreaminizer Great Action, Great Movie........Starts the Buddy Genre 5 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski From the days when action-comedies were--*gasp*--original. 5 stars
7/17/99 soccer_mum Classic Eddie Murphy.......Worth a look. 4 stars
7/10/99 Ben Leostein Rating: **˝ (out of ****) Category: "Above Average" 4 stars
4/11/99 Michael Grimm Eddie Murphy in a good movie, go figure 4 stars
4/07/99 Cool Thing Eddie Murphy's finest hour. 5 stars
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  02-Feb-1983 (R)
  DVD: 12-Dec-2003


  02-Jul-1983 (MA)

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