Another 48 Hrs.

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Another 48 Hrs.
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Walter Hill
Produced by Lawrence Gordon
Robert D. Wachs
Screenplay by John Fasano
Jeb Stuart
Larry Gross
Story by Eddie Murphy
Based on Characters created by
Walter Hill
Roger Spottiswoode
Larry Gross
Steven E. de Souza
Starring Eddie Murphy
Nick Nolte
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Edited by Donn Aron
Carmel Davies
Freeman A. Davies
Tim Ryder
Eddie Murphy Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 8, 1990 (1990-06-08)
Running time 93 minutes
118 minutes (director's cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $38,000,000
Box office $153,518,974 (worldwide)[1]
1,460,259 admissions (France)[2]

Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action-crime comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs..[3] It was directed by Walter Hill and stars Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Andrew Divoff, and Ed O'Ross. In the film, Nolte reprises his role as San Francisco police officer Jack Cates, who has 48 hours to clear his name from a potential manslaughter charge. To do so, he needs the help of Reggie Hammond (Murphy), Cates's friend who is now a newly released convict. At the same time, a notorious mastermind known only as The Iceman has hired a gang of bikers to kill Reggie.


San Francisco cop Jack Cates is at the Hunter's Point Raceway, checking out Tyrone Burroughs, who, for some reason, is giving some money to mechanic Arthur Brock.

Among those who show up at the scene are fellow cops Ben Kehoe and Frank Cruise, and also Blake Wilson, the head of the Internal Affairs division. Jack tells Wilson that he shot Brock in self defense, but Cruise says that he can't find Brock's gun.

After getting hit in the face with a basketball by Reggie for refusing to promise Reggie his $500,000 unless Reggie helps him find the Ice Man, Jack discovers that Wilson plans to prosecute him on a charge of third degree manslaughter for the Arthur Brock shooting, with Wilson claiming that it was not self defense. Jack is placed on suspension.

A few minutes later, the bikers pull up beside the prison bus and open fire on Reggie, causing the bus to crash. At the hospital, Jack, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, has Reggie released into his custody.

Jack ends up in a bar fight with a man that he put in prison two years ago, and when Jack loses the advantage and starts getting beat up, Reggie saves Jack by shooting one of the assailants in the left kneecap.

Kirkland also tells Jack and Reggie that Malcolm is staying at the Sunset Motel on the beltway. But before Jack and Reggie can get to the motel, the Ice Man shows up and kills Malcolm by shooting Malcolm 16 times.

Later that same day, Jack, who now thinks that he may never clear his name and find the Ice Man, starts emptying his locker at the police station, and finally gives Reggie his money. That night, while Reggie is giving the money that he owes Kirkland to Kirkland's daughter Amy Smith, Cherry and Willie kidnap Reggie and Amy, and take them to the Bird Cage Club, where they meet with Cruise. Cruise orders Cherry and Willie to kill Reggie and Amy, but then Jack shows up. And Reggie identifies the Ice Man as Ben Kehoe.

Jack realizes that Kehoe had Cruise pick up Brock's gun at the track because Kehoe wanted Jack out of the way. This leads to a wild shootout that takes place in the Bird Cage club.

As the ambulance leaves with Reggie, Jack realizes that Reggie (as in the conclusion of the first film) has once again stolen his lighter.



Eddie Murphy received a salary of $9,000,000 for his role as Reggie Hammond (because of his success in Beverly Hills Cop and later films), an improvement over his $450,000 salary from the first film. Nick Nolte received a salary of $3,000,000, an improvement over his original salary of $1,000,000 for the first film.


Original workprint of the movie was 145 minutes long. It was cut by either director Walter Hill or the Paramount studio down to 120 minutes, and a week before its summer theatrical release an additional 25 minutes were cut out by Paramount, making a final theatrical version 95 minutes long. Frank McRae's reprisal of his role from the original 48 Hrs. was entirely cut except for a brief, uncredited shot of him in the background of one scene in the police station. Brion James, also returning from the original, saw his role severely cut down as well, to create a faster-paced action-comedy.[4] Also removed was a scene which was partially shown in the theatrical trailer in which Jack explains to Reggie that he has a deadline to track down the Iceman; as such, there is no mention of '48 hours' anywhere in the final film.

As of January 2012, there are no plans to release a director's cut of this film.


The film grossed more at the US box office than its predecessor and made $72.7 million from foreign markets for a total of $153.5 million.[1][5] However, critical reception was very negative, and it currently holds a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Vincent Canby of The New York Times stated that it was "as much a star vehicle for Mr. Murphy as The Gorgeous Hussy once was for Joan Crawford. The Crawford name isn't idly invoked. You have to go back to the old M-G-M days to find movies that, with every gesture, let the audience know it was watching a star."[6] Los Angeles Times critic Peter Rainer gave a mixed review, but called it "a crude rehashing of the high points of the first film."[7]


Another 48 Hrs.
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released 1990
Genre Stage & Screen
Length 38:24
Label Volcano Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [8]
  1. "The Boys Are Back In Town" - Jesse Johnson 4:01
  2. "Give It All You Got" - Curio 4:37
  3. "I Just Can't Let It End" - Curio 3:52
  4. Another 48 Hrs., film score~The Courthouse - James Horner 3:18
  5. Another 48 Hrs., film score~Main Title - James Horner 4:11
  6. Another 48 Hrs., film score~King Mei Shootout - James Horner 7:36
  7. Another 48 Hrs., film score~Birdcage Battle - James Horner 4:43
  8. I'll Never Get You Out of This World Alive - Michael Stanton[disambiguation needed] 2:25

The original version of "The Boys Are Back in Town" by The Busboys was not on the soundtrack, but played at the end of the film.

The song 'Drinking Them Beers', by the country music singer Tompall Glaser also appears in the movie during the time that Nick Nolte's character is in the diner at the beginning of the film. This song is also not on the official soundtrack of the film.


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