A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
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Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship. Written by
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When Riggs and Murtaugh dive into the pool, Riggs has been and is wearing boots. When he climbs out, he's in his socks. But, he never took off his boots. See more »
[after a kid identifies the tattoo on Riggs' arm as being on the man who rigged Dixie's house to explode]
Roger, that's a Special Forces tattoo.
Special forces tattoo, mercury switches, what the hell have we gotten into?
Yep. I wonder if there're any openings at the L.A. Fire Department.
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There is a dedication to Dar Robinson, a stuntman who died in a motorbike accident as Lethal Weapon was in Post-Production. See more »
I have watched Lethal Weapon dozens of times and it still entertains me like it originally did in 1987.
A good cop movie has to have the following ingredients; chemistry between it's stars, plenty of action, plenty of humour, action, car chases and a damn good villain.
American cops seemed to be stereotyped in movies. They always seem to be crazy and without any respect for their superiors. I hope they're not like that in real life but it's perfect for a movie.
It's great seeing Riggs and Murtaugh become good buddies by the end of the movie. I like cop films like that.
The really great thing about Lethal Weapon is the action. Riggs is crazy in this film-I wouldn't want to meet a cop like him. Riggs and Murtaugh are opposites but they say opposites attract. Riggs is mad and Murtaugh is sane. Together they spell bad news for the bad guys.
I would also like to give credit to Gary Busey who never disappoints when it comes to playing a villain (or indeed any other part).
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