48 Hrs.

1982 R 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

48 Hrs.

1982 R 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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To catch a pair of escaped cop killers, detective Jack Cates temporarily paroles wisecracking hustler Reggie Hammond into his custody. This odd couple has only 48 hours to solve the crime before Reggie has to go back to the slammer.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that 48 Hrs. is the hit 1982 movie starring Nick Nolte as a cop and Eddie Murphy as a convict put in an unlikely partnership to try to stop a cop-killing sociopath who has just escaped from prison. The frequent violence and gunplay, sex and nudity, and profanity ("f--k" is common) alone give this a solid R-rating; Nolte's character's often-enough usage of racial epithets such as the "N" word, "spear chucker," and "watermelon" when speaking with Murphy's character are as gratuitous as they are pointless, and that goes for usage of the words "faggot" and "dyke" as well. Given the now long-overused story formula to the graphic language and the smoking, 48 Hrs. has not aged well and is about as '80s as big hair and fat shoelaces.

Sexual Content

One of the characters has been in prison for almost three years and is constantly talking about wanting to have sex. Breasts and female buttocks are exposed in a scene in which one of the bad guys is sitting in a hotel with a prostitute.


Prison wardens, police detectives, and police officers are shown being shot and killed by the bad guys. Frequent gun violence. The two main characters get into a lengthy fistfight. Shots are fired into a crowd waiting at a BART station. A woman hits a man in the side with a baseball bat.


Frequent profanity of all varieties. Although "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," and "p---y" are often used, the white cop uses terms such as the "N" word, "spear chucker," and "watermelon" when speaking to the African-American convict he has temporarily partnered up with to help solve the case. The word "faggot" is used, and two women living together are called "dykes."

Social Behavior

As an all-too-typical 1980s cop flick, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Early in the movie, one of the main characters is shown pouring whiskey into his coffee. Throughout the movie, he's shown taking sips from a flask of whiskey he keeps hidden in his sport coat pocket. He also chain-smokes. His partner in the movie, a convict released for 48 hours to help solve the case, is shown drinking in bars. Other characters are shown drinking in bars and smoking; characters are shown smoking in the police precinct.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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