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A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having 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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Drug Dealer #1
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Storyline

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 Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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Two cops. Glover carries a weapon. Gibson is one. He's the only L.A. cop registered as a LETHAL WEAPON. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$65,207,127 (USA)
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Trivia

Out of the whole Lethal Weapon series, this is the only one, which wasn't shot in CinemaScope. See more »

Goofs

The car that Roger is driving has the shifter in "park". See more »

Quotes

[after rescuing Roger and Rianne]
Martin Riggs: What did one shepherd say to the other shepherd? Let's get the flock out of here!
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Crazy Credits

There is a dedication to Dar Robinson, a stuntman who died in a motorbike accident as Lethal Weapon was in Post-Production. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Maverick (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Lethal Weapon
(uncredited)
Performed by The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra Feat. Randy Woodman
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Action and comedy at their best
16 June 2003 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Lethal Weapon is the first in a series of films that were all good. Richard Donner made an action packed buddy picture that everyone can enjoy. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were both good in the lead roles and the action sequences are top notch. Kudos to Gary Busey for making a great bad guy.


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