I had initially planned to do a full entry this month, on the anniversary of Norton's inaugural post on 48 Hrs. However, in addition to being kind of boring (seriously, it took multiple attempts for me to finish this thing), the 1990 sequel Another 48 Hrs. simply didn't feature as many on-location San Francisco shots as the 1982 original, meaning there was less material for me to research and photograph.
I've decided instead to do a little housecleaning, and so every Tuesday in January I will be posting a Quick Take of movies I've seen in 2015 which, for one reason or another, weren't suitable for full entries here on Norton's Movie Maps. In honor of my first post one year ago, I'll kick off this week with a short review of Another 48 Hrs. Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy return as frenemies Sgt. Jack Cates and convict Reggie Hammond. Directed by Walter Hill, 1990.
As one reviewer aptly phrases it,
Another 48 Hrs. gives [Murphy] a larger role, but he’s not playing Reggie so much as a version of Reggie that squares more with the laid-back, confident, wisecracking persona he’d refined throughout the decade... there’s a disengagement to his performance that reads more as movie star than character actor. It wasn’t the last time he cruised through a movie without effort.
When the biker gang arrives in San Francisco, we're granted a brief establishing shot of them on a hill with Sutro tower in the background, and then on a hill with downtown in the foreground. I'm not 100% sure, but I'm guessing that the steeple at far right in the still below belongs to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church at 19th & Connecticut Streets in Potrero Hill. This is the only scene in the entire movie that shows members of the cast in what is undoubtedly San Francisco.
Just as in the first film, all nightclub and bar scenes are shot in Los Angeles. Jack and Reggie investigate a bar called 'Barnstormers' for leads on the biker gang; later, when they're shown leaving the bar and splitting up, business signage and building facades clearly mark this as East 6th Street at South Main in downtown Los Angeles.
Authenticity: 2/10- Your friend posts a selfie in front of the Golden Gate Bridge to Instagram, but then you realize that it was taken in front of a "Welcome to San Francisco" poster during a one-hour layover at SFO.
Hate Speech: 3/10- Your racist old uncle no longer drops N-bombs at Thanksgiving; instead, he talks incessantly about finding Christ.
Overall: 2/10- Don't bother.