48 HRS. Synopsis
A rumpled detective (Nick Nolte) and a slick convict (Eddie Murphy) hunt a killer in San Francisco.
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88

TV Guide

Together Cates and Hammond take a thrill-a-minute trip through the San Francisco underworld and along the way develop one of the 1980s'...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too - quirky and funny.
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80

Empire

That the fact they come to appreciate one other, the grudging respect of a million clichés, feels so satisfyingly, shows just how...
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Walter Hill, the director of such beautiful but stilted tough guy movies as ''The Warriors'' and ''The Long Riders,'' has attempted...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
A quick and clever thriller as nasty as a piece of shrapnel snapping the sound barrier, 48 Hrs. is as violent as it is funny. It is very...
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70

Variety

By
48Hrs. is a very efficient action entertainment which serves as a showy motion picture debut for Eddie Murphy.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
The film is still an entertaining and invigorating thriller, with a structure and some curious sexual overtones that suggest Howard Hawks's...
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40

Time

By Richard Schickel
Neither jokes nor fast, flashy action can completely distract audiences from the failure to establish an authentic, rather than a purely...
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Violence, profanity, racial epithets in dated '80s movie.
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