Nick Nolte is a dirty, drunken jerk of a cop who needs Eddie Murphy’s help to find a couple of crazy killers loose in San Francisco, and they’ve only got 48 hours as much time as Nick Nolte feels like! I discuss the role of film as a bridge between 1970s cop movies and 1980s cop movies, place it in context with similar films, and examine the unusual structure. I explore how it fits into director Walter Hill’s career as well as Nolte’s and Murphy’s. I pick apart the police procedural aspects, the weak romantic subplots, and the racial themes.
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Start the commentary after the Paramount logo fades out, on the countdown. (46 MB)