48 Hrs.

Published October 3, 2020

48 Hrs.

Film info

  • Title 48 Hrs.
  • Director Walter Hill
  • Year 1982
  • Run time 1hr 36m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Action, Crime
  • Tagline One cop. One con. No mercy

Nick Nolte is a rough-edged cop after two vicious cop-killers. He can't do it without the help of smooth and dapper Eddie Murphy, who is serving time for a half-million dollar robbery. This unlikely partnership trades laughs as often as punches as both pursue their separate goals.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:11 What is the tractor on train tracks about?
8:33 “The coldest winter I ever spent was the summer I spent in San Francisco.”
19:03 The knitted vest is an interesting look for a bad guy.
24:43 Where is that long bridge and why does it look like a rollercoaster?
28:01 “You’ve got him for 48 hours.” Title!
30:21 San Francisco roads are just insane.
36:10 “I know a place.” The vending machine! Haha.
43:26 This is a situation and a half. But he’s owning it.
47:08 “You make more noise than a busted chainsaw.”
51:14 He loves that car door as a weapon.
53:45 What was the point of the extended fight sequence?
1:00:39 Would the car get that dirty from just sitting inside for three years?
1:11:16 I’m surprised she stayed on the line to be honest.
1:14:16 “I coulda did that.”
1:16:57 How do you steal a bus?
1:27:41 The dry ice situation is not helping.
1:29:48 I’m worried about the report he’s going to have to write after this night.


I only really started to like this film once the mis-matched pair started to get along, so that was probably the last 15 minutes of the film. Up until then, Nick Nolte’s character was just plain awful - grumpy, racist, rude, aggressive - all for no apparent reason and despite the fact that it wasn’t really getting him anywhere.

Murphy’s character was a little better, I quite liked that he was clearly always out to get an advantage whilst also respecting the guy that busted him out of prison for a couple of days.

It really lost me with the five minute punching scene in the middle, which served no purpose and was really dull to watch. But it came to a good ending, and somehow sets up the sequel to hopefully be better. I’m willing to give it a go, anyway.

Rating: 2 / 5

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