48 Hrs.


Release Date 1982-12-08
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48 Hrs.

48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy as a cop and convict, respectively, who team up to catch a cop-killer. The title refers to the amount of time they have to solve the crime. This was Murphy's film debut, and Joel Silver's first film as a film producer. The screenplay was written by Hill, Roger Spottiswoode, Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza, and Jeb Stuart. It is often credited as being the first film in the "buddy cop" genre, which included the subsequent films Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, and Rush Hour. The film spawned a 1990 sequel, Another 48 Hrs.

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Actors & Characters

Nick Nolte Nick Nolte Jack Cates Jack Cates
Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Reggie Hammond Reggie Hammond
Frank McRae Frank McRae Haden Haden
Annette O'Toole Annette O'Toole Elaine Elaine
David Patrick Kelly David Patrick Kelly Luther Luther
James Remar James Remar Albert Ganz Albert Ganz
Sonny Landham Sonny Landham Billy Bear Billy Bear
Brion James Brion James Ben Kehoe Ben Kehoe
Jonathan Banks Jonathan Banks Algren Algren
Denise Crosby Denise Crosby Sally Sally


Ric Waite Cinematography
Walter Hill Director
Billy Weber Editor
Freeman A. Davies Editor
Mark Warner Editor
James Horner Music
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Joel Silver Producer
Roger Spottiswoode Writer
Larry Gross Writer
Walter Hill Writer
Steven E. de Souza Writer