48 Hrs. (1982)


48“Now, get this! We ain’t partners. We ain’t brothers. And we ain’t friends. I’m puttin’ you down and keepin’ you down until Ganz is locked up or dead. And if Ganz gets away, you’re gonna be sorry YOU ever MET me!” – Jack

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 (Video, DVD, 6 Aug 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A rogue cop must recruit the help of an incarcerated convict in order to find two cop killers running from the law.

My Take on it – This was one of the first buddy-buddy cop movie that was made and it really started a trend in the genre.

Had this movie not succeeded, we might never have seen movies like Lethal Weapon (1987), Tango and Cash (1989), Running Scared (1985), Bad Boys (1995) or Rush Hour (1998).

This buddy-buddy movie has all the right pieces that helped make it so successful; heinous crime, tough cop, wisecracking buddy and of course a tense chase after the criminal followed by a suspenseful final battle.

This was Eddie Murphy’s debut movie and it’s rumored that he was almost fired by the producers for not being funny enough.  Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Coming to America (1989) would never have happened had they truly followed thru.

I didn’t count this, but it is rumored that this movie has the use of the f-bomb 48 times.  The rumor claims that it is coincidental, but if it really is true, I doubt it happened by accident.

Followed 8 years later by a sequel that faithfully continues this story to a tight conclusion.

Bottom Line – Fun action movie. Nolte and Murphy are great together. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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