Week in film and streaming March 2
In the early 1980s, Eddie Murphy made the transition from Saturday Night Live to the big screen with three wonderful comedies, all now available on streaming services.
48 HRS. (R, 1982) – Grouchy San Francisco cop Nick Nolte is forced to partner with Reggie Hammond (Murphy) for two days. The redneck bar scene is still the highlight.
Trading Places (R, 1983) – To settle a bet, the wealthy Duke brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) ruin stock broker Dan Ackroyd’s life and replace him with street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy).
Beverly Hills Cop (R, 1984) – Detroit cop Axel Foley goes west to solve a murder. Steven Berkoff is a memorable villain.