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48 Hrs.

1982
Comedy
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1h 36m
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Rated 15 Mar 2019
75
80th
Nick Nolte plays disheveled like Marlee Matlin plays deaf.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
18
18th
Doesn't hold up...and this is coming from someone who has "The Heat is On" on their iPod.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
69
73rd
Dated now and Murphy runs circles around Nolte. Still entertaining in a nostalgia stereotype sort of way.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
68th
Great buddy action pic because it treats its characters like real people.
Rated 22 Jun 2014
60
51st
Action movie that has a couple of funny moments but is far more in debt to Hill's direction and the great atmosphere of early-80s San Francisco than either of the leading men's performances.
Rated 20 Jan 2007
77
78th
An underrated movie from an underrated decade.
Rated 07 Feb 2020
55
58th
2020 RE-WATCH: They sure don't make 'em like they used to! Racism, misogyny, sexism, homophobia, toxic masculinity...this film has it all! Show this to your local SJW and watch their tiny brains implode. The best thing about this was the practical stunts. No green screen here...just ram a bus into the car with your actors in it and keep those cameras rolling. I expected more laughs from this, but chuckled only once. Unless we're talking about Murphy's stunt double which looked nothing like him.
Rated 04 Jul 2009
82
75th
Good buddy cop movie with a great Eddie Murphy performance.
Rated 22 Jul 2015
60
28th
Here's how this goes down: Nick Nolte is Popeye Doyle except he's presented as adorably haggard and entertaining rather than miserable and dark. Eddie Murphy is horny. James Remar is a crazed drug-peddler who wields his revolver like James Franco in This is the End. 90 minutes, several outdated and offensive jokes, and one nice-looking climax later, the bad guy is dead and the two think "Hey, this guy's not so different from me!" It's forgettable.
Rated 02 Jun 2021
93
88th
Grandaddy of the 80s slew of buddy action movies still holds up incredibly well, powered as it is by the unlikely pairing of Nolte and Murphy who shine together and apart - if some elements don't quite fire as well as they could (O'Toole's limited screentime leaves her as a nagging "harpy" rather than a match for Nolte), the fire of the starring duos un-PC, racially charged banter combined with Hill's action-direction chops, make this a fun and at times exhilarating experience.
Rated 30 Mar 2021
41
34th
Nolte and Murphy don't really have any chemistry despite this being one of the origin texts of buddy cop movies, so most of the appeal is the setting of 1980's San Francisco, James Remar's scowl, and freewheeling racial epithets. I'm sad we didn't get Nick Nolte gravelly intoning "jigaboo".
Rated 19 Apr 2010
82
52nd
The plot is riddled with cliches and stereotypes, and the dialogue lacks flavor and wit, but the San Francisco atmosphere is gritty, the action scenes are exciting, the direction is taut, the editing superb, and Nolte and Murphy are great together. My favorite part: Eddie Murphy's unique rendition of "Roxanne."
Rated 10 Feb 2011
35
26th
Probably worked much better in the 80s.
Rated 14 Dec 2013
65
45th
The delightful quaintness of 1980s racism in a tidy 96 minute package.
Rated 17 Dec 2006
63
65th
Murphy is so tuned in and alive in this pic, he radiates force of will. Great preformance.
Rated 22 Feb 2008
85
60th
Great chemistry between Nick and Eddie. One of the best from the 80s.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
92nd
The first R rated movie i went to with my Dad. For that reason alone it deserves a higher rating. We had a great time.
Rated 19 Feb 2015
37
20th
Early 80's style buddy cop film that paved the way for some better and many more fun similar films. There's no chemistry between leads. Hoped it would be more fun.
Rated 31 Mar 2009
72
63rd
Still holds up as one of the best buddy-cop flicks of all time.
Rated 13 Jun 2010
45
24th
Surprisingly poor... the plot is fairly stupid, and most of the dialogue as random as it gets... And the chemistry between Nolte and Murphy is worse than Nolte and Robertson in I love trouble
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
83rd
This is an action drama with comedy overtones, and is probably the best buddy cop movie ever made. Nick Nolte is scruffy cool as a play by his own rules cop, and Murphy is fantastic in his big screen debut as a street smart ex-con. Although the sequel detracts from the orignal somewhat it is a good movie as well. "Roxanne..."
Rated 04 Jan 2016
89
29th
A solid buddy cop movie!
Rated 03 Jan 2007
75
74th
48 HRS. is a well-done buddy/cop film with outstanding performances by the two leads. It's gutsy, smart and very funny, with a good dose of action and drama to boot.
Rated 27 Jul 2009
66
46th
Overacting by Nolte.
Rated 27 Jan 2019
80
85th
Perfectly cast.
Rated 08 Jan 2023
65
46th
It's really a stock 80's buddy cop (kinda) film that's mostly given life by Nolte and Murphy. Otherwise the plot is not that interesting or new. You get your bad guys and the angry police chief who yells, a pair of people who do not want to be stuck with each other and the other one gives shit to the other dude over his car. It's still very entertaining, though, with some great shots especially in China Town. Not a lot of laughs here but that scene with Murphy in the redneck bar was the best.
Rated 24 Nov 2010
55
31st
only remember being disappointed
Rated 21 Oct 2016
59
43rd
S'alright. I thought the opening scene was cool, and the follow-up (with Mike from BB!) was good stuff, too, but for the rest of the movie the stuff with the villains is some combination of dated, generic, and bad. Murphy & Nolte gel just fine, and must've been a novel pairing at the time. While BHC was more of an action movie than I expected, this is less of a comedy than I expected--so much so that I wouldn't use the comedy tag on it at all. Probably technically superior to BHC, but less fun.
Rated 09 Aug 2017
20
3rd
hiçbir inceliği olmayan adeta bir stok senaryo, nolte ve murphy dışında komik oyunculuklarla sürekli "ne dedin sen? ha?!" der gibi bağıran karakterler ve mizansen problemleri haricinde neredeyse biter bitmez unutulacak haliyle hill'in bilinçli olarak başka bir şeyi hedefleyerek yaptığını umduğum bir film. espriyi kaçırıyor olmayı, şu filmin gerçekten *böyle* olmasına tercih edebilirim.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
80
79th
old school action movie
Rated 07 May 2016
74
40th
The beginning is not bad, but somewhat of a slog going through 80s cop film cliches. Once Murphy shows up things turn around as he brings life to the film, even Nolte's performance is markedly improved with someone to play off of. It's never great but it's at least a solid bit of fun.
Rated 03 Apr 2009
95
64th
Astreines Actionkino mit einem wizigen Eddie Murphy und einem klasse Nick Nolte. Schaut Euch aber bloss leiber die englische Version an, denn die deutsche Synchro in der man Nolte die nervtötende Stimme von Tommi Piper gegeben hat, lässt einem glatt die Ohren bluten.
Rated 01 May 2017
60
10th
Viewed April 30, 2017.
Rated 08 Oct 2011
60
44th
"48 Hrs." delivers, '80s action comedy-style. Two protagonists that don't get on well, lightweight atmosphere, very good chases, plus some awkwardly outdated moments. It's nothing riveting but the small duration, the tense final act, the likable partnership of Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy and the sure hand of director Walter Hill ensure "48 Hrs." is a pleasant affair.
Rated 14 Mar 2024
70
49th
This is fairly basic, obvious 1980s action/comedy stuff, highlighting racial issues you could say, to a set extent, if watching Eddie Murphy as a wise-guy type convict and seeing how he's put down by others not of colour appeals to you then you may enjoy this I suppose. Its ok. No great shakes. Rather dated seeming but I guess thats to be expected. I quite enjoyed some scenes, car chase type scenes and some interactions. Its nothing especially memorable but, like I say, its ok.
Rated 05 Apr 2008
70
81st
not very credible, but a lot of fun
Rated 09 Dec 2011
96
22nd
This Movie is Great..one of Eddie Murphys best and first movie... Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) is a tough, super-jaded cop who springs a hard luck robber, Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), from jail for two days to help nab his former partners. The two men form a kind of... Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) is a tough, super-jaded cop who springs a hard luck robber, Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), from jail for two days to help nab his former partners. The two men form a kind of friendship (based on mutual hatred)
Rated 10 Oct 2008
41
58th
Har sine momenter, godt tempo, god Murphy og typecastet Nolte.
Rated 12 Jul 2012
66
66th
This hasn't aged well and Eddie Murphy is a little miscast in this (kind of like Jackie Chan in the Protector). It's loud, racist, stupid and clumsy and not very good but still manages to not be too crappy at the same time thanks in part to some enjoyable character actors.
Rated 20 Oct 2017
73
78th
48 Hrs has aged, but it's a testament to Hill's superior craftsmanship that it's still enjoyable. The story of a cop and a criminal (or another cop) whose relationship begins on tense terms but later develops into one of bedgrudging respect is well worn out, but the unexpected pairing of Nolte and Murphy was truly inspired, and their chemistry is unbeatable in the buddy cop genre, even after 3 decades. Hill strikes the right balance between action and comedy without dulling its hard boiled edge.
Rated 08 Apr 2014
80
68th
Great fun. Hill's direction is fucking tight.
Rated 19 Nov 2007
60
33rd
Nolte & Murphy play well off each other despite obvious plot shortcomings and childish stereotypes. {All the other characters are two-dimensional.} Yet there is enough action and comedy to make it work.
Rated 21 Jun 2011
90
88th
An excellent buddy cop action/comedy. Also, one of the first. So-so story held up on the shoulders of the perfect odd couple of lead actors. Some cringe-worthy racism aside, a very enjoyable watch.
Rated 16 Jun 2011
65
42nd
An 80's referendum on arranged interracial marriages. I vote - meh.
Rated 27 May 2023
77
42nd
Very cool early example of the buddy cop genre with the grit you’d expect from Hill, Nolte excellent as ever, and Murphy proving his star power many times over.
Rated 05 Feb 2015
6
41st
48 Hrs. is my favourite of Walter Hill's films, but it's dated by today's standards and it's only entertaining now in a nostalgic way. As buddy cop films go this is one of the better ones and it's one of the first I can recall. Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte are enjoyable and their chemistry carries what at times can be a rather dull action film. I appreciate that this was probably impressive in the early 80's, but to think only a few years later Lethal Weapon would come along and blow 48. Hrs away.
Rated 10 Mar 2014
81
44th
It's true the screenplay has a shocking amount of racism in it that today would be replaced by actual wit, but Murphy counteracts it by outshining the leading man. He oozes energy and streetwise sophistication, elevating the film leagues above what it otherwise may have been. With a debut like this, it's no wonder he became the golden child (sorry) of the 80s.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
90
86th
One of Walter Hill's concrete Westerns. Very entertaining movie.
Rated 30 Jul 2018
68
46th
Marthakentlol+ROXANNElool+eddiebadactinglolgotwaybetter+ilovethemlol
Rated 27 Jan 2014
90
67th
One of Walter Hill's finest movies. A well crafted, humorous, tense and exciting action-thriller. They just don't make these like they used to. Also Murphy and Nolte have fantastic chemistry together.
Rated 25 Aug 2007
65
60th
Good
Rated 22 Feb 2010
70
50th
An alright take on the buddy-cop genre, with the one cop, but still... Memorable because it was one of the first films of the genre during the 80's. It's sorta what Rush Hour was derived from.
Rated 29 Mar 2012
74
74th
One of the first and one of the best buddy cop films
Rated 04 Mar 2009
35
37th
It has its moments...erm moment.
Rated 04 Feb 2013
60
7th
This film first of the this subjet.
Rated 18 Jul 2017
54
30th
It was nice to see some of the guys from The Warriors get some more work but this is just another generic 80s action movie. There's nothing really unique about it other than the forced racism
Rated 13 Jun 2011
16
11th
Boring and unfunny run-of-the-mill police movie. No different from the bazillion other buddy cop movies that were made in the 80s.
Rated 14 Jul 2022
75
42nd
I love James Horner's score for this movie.
Rated 14 Mar 2012
60
20th
Good star-making turn for Murphy, but just an okay movie overall.
Rated 06 Jan 2013
82
71st
82.000
Rated 11 Jul 2012
65
14th
Walter hill style vs Eddie Murphy jokes combined with supporting cast nick Nolte who are playing the good cop bad cop routine barely delivers. Was only a hit because it was in the blazing path of Eddie Murphy's stellar rise an subsequent take over of 80's comedy cinema.
Rated 01 Aug 2013
6
70th
Not bad, but with Beverly Hills Cop and Lethal Weapon as my primary points of comparison, it inevitably suffers a bit.
Rated 06 Jan 2013
44
16th
Better than Beverly Hills Cop, though that's not saying much. They certainly had a bizarre idea of masculinity back in the 80s. Nick Nolte? Gimmie a break. But Mike Ehrmantraut is in it, that's something.
Rated 07 Jan 2016
99
94th
the redneck bar scene should be imortalized in a museum. plus, jack cates is one ballsy fucker
Rated 07 Apr 2021
80
85th
More a buddy than a cop film, at least in the sense the crime plot barely matters, but the sleazy, sharp, violent interactions between the two leads as they follow these vicious outlaw men. It's amazingly constructed within small universes (the loud precint with everyone talking at the same time; redneck and soul, black bar; their different yet sexist approach to women) where these characters duel-- from funny dialogues to bursts of violence -- rathen than a formal narrative. What a gem.
Rated 04 Aug 2009
85
83rd
Solid entry into the cop/buddy action genre.
Rated 12 Sep 2011
59
34th
+ Eddie Murphy.
Rated 02 Jun 2010
75
53rd
Murphy at his very best as shame the chemistry with Nolte isn't really there.
Rated 01 Oct 2014
82
66th
The original "buddy" comedy works better than most. Murphy's character isn't the most obnoxious character with a crack every five seconds, he's just a criminal who happens to be funny. Plus, that lost shootout scene is a real beauty.
Rated 16 Feb 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 18 Mar 2011
45
14th
an aged buddy cop movie
Rated 26 Sep 2017
77
64th
Eddie Murphy is fantastic in his movie star making role. Nick Nolte is also good here, the 2 leads make a good odd couple pair. There are a number of funny scenes and well done action moments. The dialogue is a little dated at times and the racial slurs are totally unnecessary. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
65
36th
Dated, but still fun.
Rated 02 Jun 2022
70
38th
A fun time capsule of a time when people had black friends, but didn't even try to pretend that made them not racist.
Rated 14 Nov 2009
68
72nd
Good Movie
Rated 21 Mar 2010
43
31st
One of those buddy action comedies that only worked in the 1980's.
Rated 06 Jan 2014
39
41st
Not a patch on the later Eddie Murphy. I remember it being good when I first watched it - but not seeing it again after Beverley Hills Cop etc.
Rated 23 Mar 2008
78
52nd
Not well acted, but has its moments.
Rated 28 Jan 2015
50
24th
While 48 Hrs. offers some decent if infrequent action and humour, it lacks any kind of heart, and its basic premise is never lifted by any creative plot developments. Murphy does a fine job in his first Hollywood outing, but Nolte disappoints with a bland jaded cop routine. It's not aged well, notably with regards to the casual racism on display.
Rated 08 Mar 2021
70
48th
Good Movie
Rated 05 May 2023
20
12th
Lazy, uninspired script with only endless scenes of chases, shootouts and boobies.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
70
63rd
solid film
Rated 06 Jun 2015
8
71st
"48 Hrs." kicked off both Murphy's film career and the buddy-cop genre with this exciting picture; the common tropes are elevated by the performances of the two leads.
Rated 14 Aug 2017
80
73rd
The Buddy Cop origin story has less in common with its goofy imitators than I remembered. As per usual, Walter Hill pumps the film full of grit and testosterone, saving the comedy as a garnish on the side. A restrained Eddie Murphy is the best Eddie Murphy.
Rated 20 Nov 2009
71
72nd
Saw this again recently: This held up surprisingly well. The chemistry between Nolte and Murphy are still quite good, and the film has good pacing.

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