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Another 48 Hrs.1990

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)



Critic Consensus: Even the return of Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, and director Walter Hill can't hide the lazy, patchwork quality of Another 48 Hrs.

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At times, Another 48 Hrs. seems less like a sequel to than a parody of the first 48 Hrs., especially when Nick Nolte, repeating his role from the earlier film, begins commenting on the cliched absurdity of the goings on. This time, Nolte risks life, limb and career as he obsessively tries to bring an elusive master criminal known as "The Iceman" to justice. Eddie Murphy, who stole the show in the first 48 Hrs. as the wheeler-dealer convict who becomes Nolte's reluctant partner, is brought into the plotline of the second film when a contract is taken out on his life. The adversarial relationship between Nolte and Murphy, supposedly dissipated by the end of the first film, is revivified in the sequel via a couple of plot devices. Still, Murphy rallies to the occasion, in the process saving Nolte from being thrown off the force. Though not as successful as the first film, Another 48 Hrs. proved that there were still enough Eddie Murphy fans around in 1990 to insure a strong box-office showing. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Eddie Murphy
as Reggie Hammond
Nick Nolte
as Jack Cates
Brion James
as Ben Kehoe
Kevin Tighe
as Blake Wilson
Ed O'Ross
as Frank Cruise
Andrew Divoff
as Cherry Ganz
Ted Markland
as Malcolm Price
Bernie Casey
as Kirkland Smith
Brent Jennings
as Tyrone Burroughs
Felice Orlandi
as The Warden
Ed Walsh
as Detective Joe Stevens
Cathy Haase
as Girl Bartender
Dennis Hayden
as Barroom Tough
Hoke Howell
as Desert Bartender
Yana Nirvana
as CHP Officer
Ken Medlock
as CHP Officer
Joel Weiss
as Pit Man
Oz Tortora
as Lawyer
John Bluto
as Review Board Chairman
Jason Ronard
as Prison Guard Ronard
Stafford Morgan
as Prison Guard Morgan
Bill Dunnam
as Prison Guard Dunnam
Thornton Simmons
as Prison Clerk
Nancy Everhard
as Female Doctor
Biff Yeager
as County Sheriff
John H. Evans
as County Sheriff
Rick Cicetti
as Traffic Cop
Laurie Morrison
as Pickpocket
Steve Monroe
as Pickpocket Victim
Dave Efron
as Barroom Fighter
Rex Pierson
as Barroom Fighter
Karen Huie
as King Mei Clerk
Benjamin Lum
as King Mei Clerk
Dana Lee
as Arguing Man
Richard Lee-Sung
as Arguing Man
Victor Brandt
as District Attorney
Alisa Christensen
as Birdcage Showgirl
George Cheung
as Hotel Guest
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Critic Reviews for Another 48 Hrs.

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

After a few films unworthy of his talent, Eddie Murphy returns to form with what he plays best: the fast-talking survivor in a hostile world. Nick Nolte also shines in a role tailored to his shambling frame.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a minor pleasure to see Murphy slightly subdued. What seems more problematic is the virtual exaltation of Dirty Harry vigilantism, the storm trooper mentality and behavior on Nolte's part that the film breezily takes for granted ...

June 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Walter Hill, who also directed the first film, surely recognizes the hollowness of what he's doing here. He also hasn't had a hit since "48 HRS.," which no doubt explains why he's once again tilling these charred fields.

June 24, 2015 | Full Review…

The key words here are lazy and contrived.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Murphy has two comic moments, which aren't enough for a feature-length film. Among other things, he has developed some of the same maddening mannerisms that marked Frank Sinatra's performances in his Rat Pack movies.

May 20, 2003

Hill and his stars are merely going through the motions, but the motions are immensely familiar.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Another 48 Hrs.

Really, it's the same caliber as the first, I actually think this one flows better and has more interesting bad guys. Sure, it's basically a very standard sequel but it's just a lot of fun and has characters that are so interesting. It's a really solid buddy cop movie, anyone who loves the genre will definitely like this.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


It's faster, funnier and more action-packed than the first. An endlessly enjoyable sequel. Better than the first. Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy are still a great team. Hard-hitting, fast, furious and relentlessly funny. What a great and fun ride. An explosive and suspenseful action-packed comedy loaded with great stunts and body-slamming laughs. The boys are back in town and this time their packing more heat.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer


Not a good tag team.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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