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48 HRS.
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Mar 7, 2011 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Walter Hill

Actors:
Eddie Murphy
Nick Nolte
Annette O'Toole

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A hotheaded police officer must partner with a temporarily released convict in order to catch an escaped cop killer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A buddy cop movie starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy may seem like the weirdest pairing imaginable, but you have to remember that in 1982, before Nolte was more famous for a mug shot and Murphy exclusively made kiddie garbage, both actors were at the top of their game.

In fact, 48 HRS. might be the first buddy cop action comedy ever, at least in the modern incarnation which were so used to seeing. And despite its age, the odd couple pairing between Nolte and Murphy definitely has some longevity. Eddie Murphy was a risky young comic making his film debut here and although hes funny, brash and fast talking, hes different than the Murphy weve come to love since BEVERLY HILLS COP. He plays Reggie Hammond a little more straight, less showy and less silly than Axel Foley but still effective and definitely dominates the film. The scene in the redneck club is classic Murphy and you can definitely see seeds for the actors long career ahead. On the other hand is Nick Nolte, still playing gruff and angry as the straight cop. Nolte is eerily reminiscent of Josh Brolin here, but with a little more of a grumpy, somewhat racist demeanor.

Action maestro Walter Hill (THE WARRIORS, RED HEAT) directs from a script from Roger Spottiswoode (TOMORROW NEVER DIES) and Steven E. De Souza (DIE HARD, STREET FIGHTER) and the result is a very competent comedy-thriller. Theres some decent action beats, a good amount of violence and some other impressive stuff, like a 3 minute continuous shot at the police station that plays up the chaos of the job. The script is lean, mean and crass, with a lot of sexual references (to be expected as Murphys character has been celibate in jail) and a fair amount of racially charged humor. Hill, Murphy and Nolte definitely dont sugar coat anything.

48 HRS. might not seem too original by todays standards, but with something of a pioneering premise and a talented young duo at its center, it definitely paved the way for future flicks like LETHAL WEAPON, BAD BOYS and, um, RUSH HOUR.
THE EXTRAS
A Theatrical trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wouldnt call 48 HRS. a groundbreaking piece of work, but it definitely influenced a lot of future movies with its mix of action and comedy, as wwell as the dynamic relationship between Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. Im honestly surprised they havent tried to remake it yet. [knock on wood] The Blu-Ray seems like a throwaway, however, with no bonus material and no video upgrades.

Extra Tidbit: This was Joel Silvers first film as a producer.
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