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48 Hrs.

HD   R Closed Captioning

Walter Hill

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About the Movie

A variation on the "buddy-cop" hybridized genre, 48 HRS. greatly bolstered the career of Nick Nolte and made comedian Eddie Murphy a bonafide box-office sensation. When a pair of reckless cop-killers break out of prison, grizzled detective Jack Cates (Nolte) is left no alternative but to spring fast-talking hustler Reggie Hammond (Murphy) from the penitentiary in order to find the criminals. The catch: the pair only have 48 hours to complete their assignment before Hammond must return to prison. Naturally, the two despise each other and even engage in fisticuffs, but eventually the danger facing them proves a strong enough common bond for them to play on the same team, and even achieve a little mutual admiration.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [It] is more memorable for its characters than for its high style, more a series of energetic scenes than a collection of handsome imagery. It has life, ferocity and humor in place of icy, stylized elegance, and that seems more than a fair trade. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The movie's story is nothing to write home about. It's pretty routine. What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too -- quirky and funny. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: All in all, a superior genre piece, if not the height of Hill's artistry. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Fast-paced, frill-free action entertainment of the first order. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Awesome Movie!!

this movie is one one of the best that i have ever seen.

Great Movie

I think this has the funniest movie with Eddie Murphy in it

Great movie, but.....

What is it with apple chargles twice as much for a movie that I can get for half the price at walmart?

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