48 Hours (1982)

Mon, May 30
  • Mon, May 30

Director: Walter Hill Run Time: 96 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1982

Starring: Annette O'Toole, Eddie Murphy, Frank McRae, James Remar, Nick Nolte

Country: United States
Language: English


Four Turning Forty: Spring Edition. For one week, celebrate 40th anniversary screenings of Walter Hill’s 48 Hours, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie, only at the Film Center.


About the film:

Renegade cop Jack Cates pulls wise-cracking bank robber Reggie Hammond from a federal prison on a 48-hour leave to help him capture Hammond’s old partner, Albert Ganz. Having escaped from a prison work crew, Ganz is on a killing spree around San Francisco, on the trail of half a million dollars that went missing after one of his robberies. The cocky Reggie knows where the money is, but spars with the hotheaded Jack as he enjoys his temporary freedom. Starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, who would later reunite for the sequel.

“All in all, a superior genre piece, if not the height of Hill’s artistry.”

–Dave Kehr for Chicago Reader

About the filmmaker: 

Walter Hill  is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer known for his action films and revival of the Western genre. He has directed such films as The Warriors (1979), Hard Times (1975), The Driver (1978), Red Heat (1988), Last Man Standing (1996), Undisputed (2002), and Bullet to the Head (2012), as well as writing the screenplay for the Jim Thompson crime drama The Getaway (1994) starring Steve McQueen and directed by Sam Peckinpah. He has also directed several episodes of television series such as Tales from the Crypt and Deadwood and produced the Alien films.

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