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Overall Rating
4.25

Awesome: 28.07%
Worth A Look68.42%
Average: 3.51%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 0%

4 reviews, 33 user ratings


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48 HRS.
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by Slyder

"A cool formula movie"
4 stars

This film has aged quite a lot, especially since the whole “buddy cop” formula has been done to death like ten thousand times since Lethal Weapon a few years later on after this flick, but it still holds up since it’s quite an enjoyable ride, and it has Eddie Murphy before he went pussy and Nick Nolte before he went drunk-ass crazy.

Simple plot: Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) is hungry for revenge after two of his partners get killed while trying to bust escaped convicts Albert Ganz (James Remar) and Billy Bear (Sonny Landham). In order to do that, he reluctantly has to team up with Ganz’s former associate Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) who is still in jail, but is granted a 48 hour leave in order to help with the case, and soon they realize that Ganz and Billy Bear are after the $500,000 that they stole before they got busted… and Reggie has that money.

The whole premise works around with some very funny scenes courtesy of Murphy’s comedic talent, which is highlighted in the now famous bar scene where Reggie hollers out his famous leitmotif “there’s a new sheriff in town.” Despite that though, there's a lot of racial driven pot shots and foul language that may not sit very well with people even though I personally had no problem with it (and it may not sit well at all in our times since this cliché has been regurgitated forever in several other comedies).

There are also several well-staged action sequences depicted in a very honest way thanks to the gritty and shitty side of San Francisco settings, courtesy of Ric Waite’s cinematography, and the sure-handed direction of Walter Hill, which pretty much proves that you don't always need huge explosions or gun blazing gunfights to make a cool action film.

Murphy and Nolte though are the ones that chug this film along, as their mutual differences are constantly at a head-on course climaxing halfway into a fight between the two, which is probably the most hilarious scene on the movie.

Personally though, I like it more when Cates's boss Haden (Frank McRae) screams out at Reggie: YOU GO FUCK YOURSELF CONVICT!!!

In the end, this one of those films that now in our times falls almost into the “curiosity bin,” because the damn buddy cop formula has been done like a thousand times. But nevertheless it remains an exception for two reasons: Its damn good entertainment and Eddie Murphy kicks ass. Or at least he used to. 3.5-5

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User Comments

11/17/17 morris campbell a funny gritty cassic 4 stars
2/12/15 PAUL SHORTT VIOLENT BUT SLICK FAST PACED ACTION-COMEDY WITH CHARISMATIC LEAD PERFORMANCES 3 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: **½ (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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USA
  02-Feb-1983 (R)
  DVD: 12-Dec-2003

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Australia
  02-Jul-1983 (MA)




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