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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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Patrick Cameron ...
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Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
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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Pity the bad guys. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Arma mortal  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$65,207,127 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The girl in black playsuite (uncredited but played by actress #Joan Severence') that Riggs arrests at the house in the hills, also played a small role in Bird on a Wire (1990), which also starred Mel Gibson. See more »

Goofs

During the Christmas tree/drugs deal fight scene, camera shadows are visible during close-ups. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Joshua: Good afternoon Mr. Mendez.
Mendez: Yeah, how you doing?
Mr. Joshua: Did you pat him down Mr. Larch?
Mendez: Aw hey man, we went through this act already...
Mr. Joshua: [Cutting off Mendez] Go through it again!
Mendez: Who are you?
Mr. Joshua: That's hardly important but if it matters you may call me Mr. Joshua.
[Turns and motions to follow him]
Mr. Joshua: Let's go.
Mendez: Oh, great, swell, Mr. Joshua, huh?
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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 Married with Children: The Old College Try (1992) See more »

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The First Nowell
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Arrangement by John Stainer
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User Reviews

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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