The casting and on-screen chemistry is spot on, but the film soon feels tiresome. Many say that it 'officially' started the buddy-cop movie genre.. If that is indeed the case then it's understandable, therefore, that the balance between the comic and the more 'gritty', tough elements remains uncertain of itself.
This film couldn't have been better cast. In what seems to me a genius premonition to Murray's phenomenal career as an indomitable cop, Nolte forms a perfect match albeit to a slightly disjointed script. On the music side, James Horner's score feels like one of his best no doubt!.. I always felt his Cameron association didn't do the man any good anyway..
A far as I know, started a genre; feels a bit parodic as a result, in its depiction of racial and gender interactions but also in what became markers of the genre, like the screaming chief. Actually quite well made in terms of photography and pretty pleasant to watch.
Yes, it's a cheesy buddy cop film that looks like the budget was tight in places, but it seems to be aiming for loftier ground (bringing to mind later action flicks like the Demolition Man). Eddie Murphy, in his prime, sweating and verbally abusing a bar full of backwards country-boys should, alone, be enough to convince anyone to watch this movie.
So un-pc its almost refreshing. Nolte's bad cop plays nicely against Murphy's endearing charm and impish violence. The wild west circa 1982. I lost count of the number of utterances of the 'N' word. Probably features in Trump's dvd Gold collection modelling America being Great Again.
This seems deeply weird and dated, in the worst possible way. Not quite a strait thriller, not quite a comedy, 48 Hrs carries a lot of slightly too on the nose racism, machismo and wishful thinking. As a document of Eddie Murphy's early talent and Nick Nolte's failure to become one of the greats, it's a valuable film. But that's it really.
Ottima opera che entusiasma grazie allo stile e all'ottimo ritmo. La trama è semplice, ma è funzionale per molte trovate narrative di qualità. La coppia di protagonisti è ben assortita e le situazioni in cui si trovano divertono e appassionano. Il ritmo è altissimo e le scene d'azione sono dirette magistralmente da Hill, grazie al suo ottimo stile. Tutte queste componenti vanno a comporre un film che ha fatto scuola.
This seminal interracial buddy action movie predates the recent proclivity for a non-stop flood of repartee, instead balancing action and comedy and even leaving a little room room for the characters to pause and breath. Other than the often parodied police Captain, it's a much more natural feeling movie than the many that followed.
I was pleasantly surprised by how 48 Hrs. was more like a grindhouse noir movie than the ridiculously obnoxious buddy-cop movie I was always lead to believe it actually was. Nolte and Murphy work very well together while the latter is funny without being comical. The redneck bar scene made up for the unbelievability of Nolte's incompetence. A fun movie that is what it is.