48 Hrs. script
48 Hrs. (1982)
Synopsis: Renegade cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) pulls bank robber Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from a federal prison on a 48-hour leave to help him capture Hammond's old partner, Albert Ganz (James Remar). Having escaped from a prison work crew, Ganz is on a killing spree around San Francisco, on the trail of half a million dollars that went missing after one of his robberies. The cocky Reggie knows where the money is, but spars with the hotheaded Jack as he enjoys his temporary freedom.


He stops at the top of the stairs... Listens gun still ready.

A continuous sound of running water... Cates moves toward the

bathroom. Rips the door open.


The shape behind the shower curtain freezes. Cates, gun held

level, moves forward... Rips the shower curtain open.

Revealing a young and very beautiful woman, ELAINE MARSHALL.


Inspector Jack Cates, S.F.P.D....

And you're wanted.

Elaine stares at him as Cates turns off the water.


What am I wanted for?


I don't answer questions, I ask


A moment as she continues to stare at his pistol.


I don't think your gun's loaded...


This is a .44 Magnum, the most

powerful handgun in the world. You

gotta ask yourself just one

question. Are you feelin' lucky?


I still don't think it's loaded.

Elaine shakes her head and smiles, folds her arms over her

breasts, shivers a little... Cates looks at the cylinder,

spins it...


Hey, you're right.


You're hopeless.


That's the way I see it, too.

Be puts the gun down on the edge of the sink, embraces her.


I'm all wet.


What's wrong with that?

They both smile.



Cates in bed with Elaine. She wears his shirt.


A guy in the bar called me a dumb

bitch today.


What'd you do?


Irrigated his face with the shot

of J and B I'd just poured him.

Then I tried to deck the sucker.


I guess he got the message...


Then I sit back and I think, I

mean, who's to say I'm not a dumb

bitch. I work in a bar, right?

I can't read a list of my academic

credentials to every booze-hound

that comes in the place... You are

what you do...

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Roger Spottiswoode

Roger Spottiswoode is a British-Canadian film director, editor and writer. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Britain. more…

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