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Lethal Weapon (1987)

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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Cast

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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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R | See all certifications »

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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,829,949, 8 March 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,207,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,207,127
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Richard Donner): (Three Stooges): There are several references to The Three Stooges in the film. See more »

Goofs

In a photograph Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is shown in US Army uniform with a 173 Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) shoulder insignia, and states that Michael Hunsaker (Tom Atkins) saved his (Murtaugh's) life by taking a bayonet to the ribs for him at the Battle of Ia Drang (November 14-16, 1965). On November 8, 1965 the 173d was fighting north of Bien Hoa in Operation Hump, 271 miles south of the Ia Drang valley. The Battle of Ia Drang was fought by elements of the 5th and 7th Cavalry, and the 1st Air Cavalry Division. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: What did he mean when he said you owed him?
Roger Murtaugh: We served together in '65. Ia Drang Valley. Saved my life. Took a bayonet in the lungs.
Martin Riggs: That was nice of him.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont
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Action and comedy at their best
16 June 2003 | by 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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