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Lethal Weapon (1987)

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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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If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance. See more »

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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Arma mortal  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$65,207,127 (USA)
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Director Richard Donner thought that no matter how much drafts he wrote, Shane Black's original script was still way too dark for his liking so he brought writer Jeffrey Boam for some uncredited rewriting in order to add some more bits of humor into the script and change some parts. Like for example, in the scene (which was eventually deleted completely) where Riggs kills a psycho sniper who is shooting at kids there was originally going to be a part showing one dead kid being carried on a gurney, and almost all other graphic parts of Black's script were bloodier than in the film. Donner still went and deleted some scenes for being too dark in his opinion, like that sniper scene and original introduction scene for Riggs where he beats up two guys in a bar when they try to rob him.

Jeffrey Boam also completely re-wrote Shane Black and Warren Murphy's original script for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) after it was rejected for being too dark and bloody and because Riggs died in the end, he wrote the script for Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and he also wrote unused draft for fourth film which had Riggs and Murtaugh dealing with racist white trash right wing neo-nazi survivalists doing a terrorist attack in L.A. The script was written sometime in January of 1995 and it dealt with real life neo-nazi activity in US that was only superficially dealt with only one movie before, John Frankenheimer's 1989 action crime film Dead Bang (1989). Despite the fact that everybody liked it, Boam's script was rejected and Boam later said in interviews how it was much better from the final movie which suffered some problems with constant re-writes of the script that was chosen for the filming and actually didn't had completed script during filming. See more »

Goofs

In the wide shot of the bus hitting McAllister's car, you can see that the bus driver is a mannequin. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: Roger.
Roger Murtaugh: What?
Martin Riggs: Uh, 10-4.
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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 Last Action Hero (1993) See more »

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Bugs Bunny Theme - This Is It
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Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Mel Blanc
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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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