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Lethal Weapon (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  6 March 1987 (USA)
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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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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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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There is a scene early in the movie that takes place in Riggs' trailer. In that scene Riggs puts his gun in his mouth for another suicide attempt. Right after he does so the camera cuts to the television. The program shown on the television is the Christmas special Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales (1979). See more »

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In the Director's cut, Riggs shoots and kills the sniper with 19 rounds fired in sequence even though his Beretta only holds 15 rounds plus 1 in the chamber. See more »

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The Best Cop Film Of The 1980's
23 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

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).

Great movie!


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