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"One cop. One con. No mercy."
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.9  (85,218)
  • 71

48 Hrs. is a 1982 American crime comedy directed by Walter Hill and starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. The movie follows a San Francisco police detective named Jack Cates (Nolte) who is on the hunt for a pair of cop-killing escaped convicts, one of whom is named James "Reggie" Hammond (Murphy). In order to catch the criminals, Cates is told by his superiors that he has just 48 hours to apprehend them.

Cates arranges to have Reggie released from prison on a temporary basis in order to help him track down the other convict. The unlikely duo embarks on a wild, action-packed adventure across San Francisco, as they trace the leads that could lead them to the killer. Along the way, they face a number of obstacles, including dangerous gang members, corrupt cops, and a gangster who wants to see Reggie dead.

As the hours tick away, Cates and Reggie form an uneasy alliance, finding they have more in common than they originally thought. They learn to trust and rely on one another, despite their vastly different backgrounds and personalities. Nolte plays the gruff, hard-nosed detective very well, while Murphy delivers a breakout performance as the wisecracking, street-smart criminal.

One of the most notable aspects of the film is its blend of humor and suspense. The movie features plenty of laughs, thanks to Murphy's quick wit and hilarious one-liners. However, Hill masterfully balances the comedy with intense action scenes and moments of genuine danger, keeping the viewer on edge throughout.

Annette O'Toole also stars in the film as Elaine, Cates' love interest. Though her role is relatively small, O'Toole brings a warmth and vulnerability to the character that adds an emotional depth to the story.

Overall, 48 Hrs. is a classic action-comedy that has stood the test of time. It features strong performances, thrilling action sequences, and a great sense of humor. The chemistry between Nolte and Murphy is electric, making for a memorable movie that is still celebrated today.

48 Hrs. is a 1982 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 71.

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    6.9  (85,218)
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