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Lethal Weapon (1987)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Michael Hunsaker
Patrick Cameron ...
Cop #1
Cop #2


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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Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arma mortal  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A clip of this movie is played on television in The Last Boy Scout (1991). Not only are both movies written by Shane Black and produced by Joel Silver, but Damon Wayans from that film, would play Roger Murtaugh on the television series Lethal Weapon (2016). See more »


In the desert sequence when Rianne is driving the Limousine, the blood and bullet hole continually switch locations on the windscreen. See more »


Roger Murtaugh: General McAlister. Time for you to die.
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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 »


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One of the best action films of all
23 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon is a film bombarded by action, plot and clever characters. In a sense, this is a little like Raiders of the Lost Ark with a load of action, with a plot and characters to match. Here, we meet 2 actors who, while are celebrities now, we're sort of celebrities back in the day. These 2 guys are Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a loose cannon (Martin Riggs) and a aging family man (Roger Murtaugh) who team up to stop a gang of drug dealers. Plot might not be the best, because we focus on Riggs and Murtaugh so much, we dont care about much else. Lots and lots of fun here. A+

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