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 date(s)
  • 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]

Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action-crime comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs..[2] 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.


Veteran San Francisco police officer Jack Cates has been after "the Iceman"—a drug dealer operating in the city—for the past four years. At the Hunter's Point Raceway, Jack confronts Tyrone Burroughs and Arthur Brock. Jack kills Brock, while Burroughs escapes. Despite killing Brock in self-defense, Jack is now under investigation, as Brock's gun cannot be found at the scene. Blake Wilson, the head of the Internal Affairs division, becomes determined to prosecute Jack on a third-degree manslaughter charge. Jack finds a picture that proves that the Iceman has put a price on the head of Reggie Hammond, who is scheduled to be released from prison the next day.

Reggie has completed his prison term for robbing a payroll (a crime for which he claims complete innocence), and is scheduled to be released. Jack tries to convince Reggie to help him clear his name and find the Iceman. Reggie requests that Jack gives him the $500,000 that Jack has been holding on to for him. Jack refuses to give Reggie the money unless Reggie helps him. After the bus transporting Reggie is attacked by two bikers and Jack gets shot, Jack forces Reggie to help him by having the hospital release Reggie into his custody. Reggie recognizes one of the two bikers as Richard "Cherry" Ganz, the brother of Albert Ganz, the escaped convict Jack killed in the first film. Cherry and his partner Willie Hickok are the hitmen who have been hired to kill Reggie. Burroughs, who works for the Iceman, was trying to hire Brock as insurance, just in case Cherry and Hickok failed. When the Iceman murders Cherry and Hickok's primary contact man, Malcolm Price, Cherry kills Burroughs, after the latter reveals himself to be an associate for the Iceman.

Reggie is captured by Cherry and Hickok, and Jack confronts the two criminals at a local nightclub where Ben Kehoe—Jack's friend and fellow officer—is revealed to be the Iceman, with another detective, Frank Cruise, serving as an accomplice. A gunfight ensues, with Jack wounding Hickok and killing Cruise. After killing both Hickok and Cherry, Reggie is held captive by Kehoe and used as a human shield. Reggie sarcastically begs Jack to shoot him. Jack does so, firing a shot into Reggie's shoulder, wounding him and throwing him off Kehoe. Jack then shoots Kehoe, killing him. Before Reggie is transported to the hospital, he and Jack share a few parting words. 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.[3] 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][4] 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."[5] Los Angeles Times critic Peter Rainer gave a mixed review, but called it "a crude rehashing of the high points of the first film."[6]


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 [7]
  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 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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