48 Hrs (also known as 48 Hours) is a 1982 film directed by Walter Hill who also co-wrote the screenplay with Roger Spottiswoode, Larry Gross and Steven E. de Souza. The film stars Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy (in his film debut) as a cop and convict who team up to catch a cop-killer. The title refers to the amount of time they have to solve the crime.

It was produced by Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver. It is Joel Silver’s first film as a producer and he went on to produce the Lethal Weapon series, The Matrix trilogy, the first 2 Die Hard movies and Predator. Lawrence Gordon joined Joel Silver again for the Predator and Die Hard films.

48 Hrs was huge box office success and was the 7th highest grossing film in 1982. It grossed $4,369,868 in its opening weekend and earned a total of $78,868,508 at the US box office. Eddie Murphy was nominated for Golden Globe as New Star of the Year.

It is often credited as being the first film in the “buddy cop” genre, which includes the films Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour. A sequel called Another 48 Hrs. was released in June 1990 but although a commercial success, it failed to replicate the critical acclaim of the first film.

48 Hrs. UK One Sheet


48 Hrs
Year of Film
Walter Hill
Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O’Toole, Frank McRae, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Box Office
Budget: $12,000,000 (Estimated)
Opening Weekend: $4,369,868 (USA) 
Gross: $78,868,508 (USA)


Type of Poster
One Sheet
Style of Poster
Origin of Poster
Year of Poster
Brian Bysouth
Size (Inches)
40″ x 27″
NSS # / Printer Markings
Printed in England by W.E. Berry Ltd. Bradford
When a tough cop has a cool convict as a partner and 48 hrs to catch a killer, a lot of funny things can happen in…

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