This double feature presents both films in Eddie Murphy's popular 48 HRS series.
In 48 HRS (1982), Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) is a tough, super-jaded cop who springs a hard luck robber, Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), from jail for two days to help nab his former partners. The two men form a kind of friendship (based on mutual hatred) as they chase a trio of remorseless villains through the streets of San Francisco--and Cates finds that Hammond's streetwise method of finding the criminals is possibly even more effective than his own by-the-book police procedures. Rounded characters and crackling comedy balance out this this box-office hit.
The boys are back in ANOTHER 48 HRS (1990). This time they're turning San Francisco upside down in search of an elusive and extremely violent drug lord. Reggie is finishing out a jail term for his earlier crimes; meanwhile, his former partner, Cates, has spent the past four years trying unsuccessfully to track down a vicious drug dealer. When Reggie is released from jail, he is horrified and frightened to learn that Cates's dealer has put a warrant out for his life. But when he brings it to the attention of the police department, they seem unwilling to help either partner locate the criminal. Reggie suspects that the department is involved with the dealer--and he's determined to find out how.