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Sunday, May 25, 2008

The 48 HRS. diary

Save for maybe the dark, demented revenge drama JOHNNY HANDSOME (1989), the real highlight of director Walter Hill's eighties career may just be the blockbuster 48 HRS. (1982), the film that pretty much cemented the broader course his choice of films would take in that decade.
(Would he have been offered the regrettable umpteenth remake of BREWSTER'S MILLIONS without his work on this slam-bang, action-comedy that simultaneously fused Hill's late '70s aesthetic while introducing Eddie Murphy to filmgoers?).
Anyway, screenwriter/filmmaker Larry Gross has begun a fascinating weekly contemporaneously journal detailing his exploits with Hill and the film, with entry #1 detailing the beginning of an association between the two that would result in the 48 HRS. sequel, the cult favourite STREETS OF FIRE, and 1993's GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND.

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Blogger Nostalgia Kinky said...

Why can't we get a decent edition of JOHNNY HANDSOME on DVD?
I so badly want a nice widescreen copy of this undervalued film.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Aaron W. Graham said...

I've sold off my JOHNNY HANDSOME DVD in favor for the VHS. It's gotta be one of the poorer looking discs I've ever come across.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Good call on the 48 HRS. diaries. I've been reading them myself and they provide some fascinating insight onto how this film came together. I particular enjoy the arguments that raged between the studio execs and newbie producer (at the time) Joel Silver. Wild.

Yeah, it's weird that the phenomenonal success of this film paved the way for STREETS OF FIRE, my fave Walter Hill film that totally bombed with critics and audiences.

8:22 AM  

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