48 Hrs. is a firsts of many. Eddie Murphy got a big break and shines in his role as Reggie Hammond and this film became one of the most copied comedy formulas during the 80's. Nick Nolte stars as Jack Cates whilst Anette O'Toole co-stars as Jack's long suffering girlfriend. James Remar and Sonny Landham also co-star as two of the most despicable criminals you'll ever want to meet. Denise Crosby has a small role as well. Walter Hill (protege of Sam Peckinpah) directs.
A nasty cold blooded criminal Ganz (James Remar) escapes from a chain gang with the help of his Indian crime partner (Sonny Landham). The two fugitives cross paths with harden police inspector Jack Cates (Nick Nolte). After a bloody shoot out in a hotel lobby, Cates is desperate and will do anything to get the two. Whilst in the local precient, a learns that the two have a former crime partner Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) who's locked up in Folsom Prison. After pulling a few illegal strings, he uses Reggie to get back at his former running partners. Will Reggie follow suit or is Cates just wasting his time. He better hurry because he only has "48 hours".
Highly entertaining film from Walter Hill. Eddie Murphy shows the world what a huge talent he is. Nick Nolte re-invents himself and his career ( something that a lot of middle or lower tier actors will do in the near future i.e. Gary Busey). Trust me you won't be wasting your time watching this movie. There are a lot worst you can do so why bother? Go out and rent 48 Hrs. and have yourself a very good time!
The cable T.V. version (i.e T.N.T. and T.B.S.) have several new scenes (to fill out the running time) and a couple of extended ones as well. Most notably is the aftermath of the shoot out at the B.A.R.T. station and a new scene with Jack Cates and his girlfriend