48 HRS. (Movie)

12/8/1982. Friday. 96 minutes.
Paramount. Rated R.
Action/Drama/Comedy
Code: 48H 12/1982

PLOT

A cop and a criminal on parole combine to track down the criminal's former associates.

CREDITS

Writers: Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza.
Director: Walter Hill.

CAST

Nick Nolte as Jack Cates
Eddie Murphy as as Reggie Hammond
Annette O'Toole as Elaine
Jonathan Banks as "Al" Algren, a police detective. Listed 10th of 24.
Denise Crosby as Sally

CHARACTER

Al has a troubled marriage (he comments that his wife is "mean as a snake.") yet he is polite to woman at desk when the other cops aren’t. The scene when he is wounded and crying on the stairs is uncomfortably powerful.

CRITICS

"The pleasure of watching a newcomer (Eddie Murphy) light up the screen… a comic fantasy that takes off because it’s grounded in a clear-eyed notion of what makes people tick and what real life is about… Totally kinetic and visual, 48 HRS. is a constant excitement." Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 12/9/1982, sec.VI, p.1.

Also New York Times 12/8/1982, sec.III, p.28; Variety 11/24/1982.

DEATH SCENE

Al is shot in the right shoulder, falls back against door, then when he gets down the stairs he is shot in left chest and killed, falling back onto stairs.

LINES

"No, Jack, please. You make me nervous, you know that."

"Don't do it, Jack. Don't give them the gun. Goddamn it, Jack, don't you do it. Don't do that for me."

LOCATION

Los Angeles passing as San Francisco.

SCREEN TIME

1 minute, 30 seconds in 2 scenes, early in film.

WORKED WITH

Nick Nolte (WSR 8/1978)
Eddie Murphy (BHC 12/1984)