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.
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.
A fun ride although the writing is a bit uneven and the tone veers a bit from side to side. Nolte and Murphy are perfect in their roles and have some good chemistry between them. James Horner's score is really sweet though.
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.
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..
Drags a little, but at the same time avoids the clichés of constant shooting and one-dimensional action scenes. A decent buddy flick, but which doesn't overdo the buddy thing. More realistic and tough than, say, Lethal Weapons. The 80s cityscapes are to die for!
Hadn't watched this in years. There is some serious action movie pedigree going on here. I was surprised how little comedy there was though; just a couple of scenes to give the Murphy fans what they expect and then mostly serious. Great villains too.