Movies 48 Hours (1982, Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy) Published 3 months ago on November 15, 2018 After Southern Comfort and The Warriors, Walter Hill turned his hand to that most tired of genres, the buddy cop adventure, and enlivened it for a new generation yet to face Lethal Weapon. After busting out of prison, Albert Ganz (James Remar) kidnaps a former associate’s girlfriend, demanding a ransom of some cash from a previous robbery. The use of a stolen credit card betrays his location, and the police – including bullish Detective Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) – move in. Ganz kills Cates’ colleagues and escapes. The veteran cop needs help, and arranges for embittered former Ganz associate Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) to get a 48-hour release. They get fast results, tracing gang member Luther (David Patrick Kelly), who leads them to the elusive Billy Bear (Sonny Landham). Cates’ abrasive style annoys Hammond, but he is eventually forced to admit he’s been holding the robbery cash after all. Setting Ganz up to collect it, the pair watch and wait for their target, and a date with justice… Hill’s formula is simple and effective: attack the senses with enough stunts, shoot-outs and swearing to disguise the relative paucity of plot, which eventually becomes a virtue in the hands of a film-maker at his peak. A strong cast helps, with Nolte giving the first of many grizzled veteran roles that continue to mark out his career. Murphy – who won the role after the late Gregory Hines dropped out to shoot Cotton Club – is the perfect foil, honing the patter and attitude which makes Hammond a prototype Axel Foley. Remarkably, the racial angle isn’t laboured, with Hill’s take reminiscent on a comment about Dirty Harry: ‘he’s an equal opportunities bigot.’ Dialogue is sharp considering the four very different writers, and the sequel, Another 48 Hrs, was as inferior as it was inevitable. production details USA | 96 minutes | 1982 Director: Walter Hill Script: Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza, Jeb Stuart, cast Nick Nolte as Jack Cates Eddie Murphy as Reggie Hammond Annette O’Toole as Elaine Frank McRae as Haden James Remar as Albert Ganz David Patrick Kelly as Luther Sonny Landham as Billy Bear Brion James as Ben Kehoe Kerry Sherman as Rosalie, Hostage Girl Jonathan Banks as Algren James Keane as Vanzant Tara King as Frizzy, Hotel Desk Clerk Greta Blackburn as Lisa, Blonde Hooker Margot Rose as Casey Denise Crosby as Sally Olivia Brown as Candy Todd Allen as Young Cop Bill Dearth as Thin Cop Ned Dowd as Big Cop Jim Haynie as Old Cop Jack Thibeau as Detective Jon St. Elwood as Plainclothes Man Clare Nono as Ruth Sandy Martin as Policewoman Matt Landers as Bob Peter Jason as Cowboy Bartender Bill Cross as First Cop Chris Mulkey as Second Cop Marcelino Sanchez as Parking Lot Attendant Bennie E. Dobbins as Road Gang Guard Walter Scott as Road Gang Guard W. T. Zacha as Road Gang Guard Loyd Catlett as Prison Guard B. G. Fisher as Prison Guard Reid Cruickshanks as Prison Guard R. D. Call as Duty Sergeant Brenda Venus as Hooker Gloria Gifford as Hooker Nick Dimitri as Torchy’s Patron John Dennis Johnston as Torchy’s Patron Rock A. Walker as Torchy’s Patron Dave Moordigian as Gas Station Attendant J. Wesley Huston as Security Guard Gary Pettinger as Cop with Gun Marquerita Wallace as Bar Girl Angela Robinson as Bar Girl Jack Lightsy as Bartender John Hauk as Henry Wong Bob Yanez as Interrogator Clint Smith as Leroy Luis Contreras as Gang Member Suzanne M. Regard as Cowgirl Dancer Ola Ray as Vroman’s Dancer Bjaye Turner as Vroman’s Dancer Begonya Plaza as Indian Hooker ActionAnnette O'TooleBrion JamesComedyCrimeDavid Patrick KellyDramaEddie MurphyFrank McRaeJames KeaneJames RemarJonathan BanksKerry ShermanLarry GrossNick NolteRoger SpottiswoodeSonny LandhamTara KingThrillerWalter Hill Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes22 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... Episodes22 hours ago Food Truck Nation: Smoked, Stuffed and Frozen Finds (S1EP8 Tues 26 Feb 2019 on Cooking) Chef Brad Miller visits a food truck in Orange County that has its own custom smoker onboard, then he tries... 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