48 Hrs.

1982 film by Walter Hill

48 Hrs. is a 1982 American buddy cop action comedy movie directed by Walter Hill. It is Joel Silver's first movie as a movie producer. The screenplay was written by Hill, Roger Spottiswoode, Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza, and Jeb Stuart. The movie stars Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy (in his movie debut and Golden Globe Award-nominated role) as a cop and convict, respectively, who team up to catch two cop-killers, Albert Ganz and Billy Bear, played respectively by James Remar and Sonny Landham. The title refers to the amount of time they have to solve the crime.

It is often credited as being the first movie in the "buddy cop" genre, which included the subsequent films Beverly Hills Cop (also starring Murphy), Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys and Rush Hour.

A sequel, Another 48 Hrs., was released on June 8, 1990.


Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
  United States 8 December 1982
  United Kingdom 14 December 1982
  Brazil 18 February 1983
  Sweden 4 March 1983
  Finland 25 March 1983
  Norway 25 March 1983
  Denmark 15 April 1983
  France 27 April 1983
  West Germany 29 April 1983
  Australia 6 May 1983
  Netherlands 11 May 1983
  Hong Kong 27 May 1983
  Argentina 9 June 1983
  Ireland 24 June 1983
  Uruguay 29 July 1983
  Italy 9 September 1983
  Japan 29 October 1983
  Portugal 27 January 1984
  Turkey April 1986
  Hungary 3 September 1987