Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy make one of the most unusual and entertaining teams ever in Walter Hill’s rollercoaster thriller, 48 Hrs. Nolte is a rough-edged cop after two vicious cop-killers. He can’t do it without the help of smooth and dapper 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: Nolte wants the villains; Murphy wants his money and some much-needed female companionship. Together they take this adventure to hilarious extremes!
Walter Hill (born January 10, 1940) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Hill is known for male-dominated action films and revival of the Western.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California. Growing up in southern California, Hill was asthmatic as a child and, as a result, missed several years of school. He spent much of his time daydreaming, reading comic books, and listening to radio serials. Hill said his father and grandfather were “smart, physical men who worked with their heads and their hands” and had “great mechanical ability.” His paternal grandfather was a wildcat oil driller. Hill worked in the oil fields as a roustabout on Signal Hill near Los Angeles during summers of the latter part of his high school years and several more years while in college. During one summer, he ran an asbestos pipe-cutting machine and worked as a spray painter. After a stint at Mexico City College, he later majored in history at Michigan State University.
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Murphy's best film, bar none. A simple blend of comedy and drama that actually doesn't go over the top and stays in reality. Why did we need Beverly Hills Cop?
My favorite buddy action comedy. Posits a bizarro-world where cops are basically given carte blanche, and to be one is to win out in an elaborate pissing contest (see: Murphy's scene in the bar.) The rituals of trust/distrust that both men undergo perfectly mirrors those of a romantic drama, and every gag has a deeply depressing subtext.