48 Hrs.

Paramount Pictures / Lawrence Gordon Productions Released 1982




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Walter Hill

Albert Ganz, a convicted criminal and killer, begins his community service as part of a road gang. Within his first few hours on the job, his partner Billy Bear drives by and shoots all the guards. The two escape and return to the criminal underworld. They commit several more murders, and a San Francisco cop Jack Cates is assigned to the case. He follows several leads, but none of them lead anywhere. The only person who seems to know Ganz's whereabouts is Reggie Hammond, a con man currently serving six months in prison for armed robbery. The chief of police agrees to get Hammond out of prison to help solve the crime, but they only have 48 hours.

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too - quirky and funny.

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Walter Hill, the director of such beautiful but stilted tough guy movies as ''The Warriors'' and ''The Long Riders,'' has attempted something very different in 48 Hours a male-budd...

  • 70


    48Hrs. is a very efficient action entertainment which serves as a showy motion picture debut for Eddie Murphy.

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    • Production Budget - $12,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $78,868,508 (7th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $218,900,349

    • Filming locations:
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles, California
      San Francisco, California
      Torchy's Bar, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Warnerville, California

    • Taglines:
      1. When a tough cop has a cool convict as a partner and 48 hrs to catch a killer, a lot of funny things can happen in . . . 48 HRS.
      2. The boys are back in town. Nick Nolte is a cop. Eddie Murphy is a convict. They couldn't have liked each other less. They couldn't have needed each other more. And the last place they ever expected to be is on the same side. Even for... 48 HRS

    • Music:
      (The Boys Are) Back in Town
      Written and recordings produced by Brian O'Neal
      48 Hrs.
      Written and recordings produced by Brian O'Neal
      Love Songs Are For Crazies
      Written by Kevin O'Neal
      Performed by The Bus Boys featuring Michael D. Jones, Steven G. Felix, Gus Loundermon, Vic Johnson, Kevin O'Neal, and Brian O'Neal
      New Shoes
      By Brian O'Neal
      Performed by The Bus Boys
      Torchy's Boogie
      By Ira Newborn
      By Sting
      Cartoon Music
      By Winston Sharples

    • Golden Globe Nominations:
      1. New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Eddie Murphy (won by  Ben Kingsley for Gandhi)


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