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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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Drug Dealer #1
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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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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$65,207,127 (USA)
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Trivia

We know Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Patrick Swayze, Rutger Hauer, Michael Douglas and Christopher Lambert were considered and offered to play Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon but they turned it down but also that Mel Gibson along with Russell, Costner, Swayze and Douglas was considered for Lambert's role of Connor Macleod in Highlander and also that Rutger Hauer was considered for the villainous role of the Kurgan in that film. See more »

Goofs

When the bus hits the General in his getaway car, in one shot you can see the car flip after a small explosion propels it into the air, while the bus continues to roll through the supposed impact point with no damage to its front end or windshield and the driver (possibly a mannequin) sits absolutely still in the driver's seat, but in other shots the bus stops abruptly on impact while the driver bounces around. See more »

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[When Joshua is panting on the lawn after the title-fight]
Roger Murtaugh: Get that shit off my lawn!
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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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29 July 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

If there's one movie that's an absolute an unquestionable action classic, it's without a moment of doubt "Lethal weapon". Who would have guessed back in 1987 that the same team would make a third sequel eleven years later? Still, the fact that "Lethal weapon" got sequels doesn't make it a miraculous movie. The fact that it means the same thing to "a buddy film" -genre than "Die hard" means to "one man saves the day from terrorists" genre makes it a special motion picture. It practically started the whole phenomenon as we know it today and just take a good look at all the dozens and dozens of buddy flicks that tries to imitate the mixture of vivid action and relaxing, splendid humor of "Lethal weapon". I have to admit that part of me would still like to see Riggs and Murtaugh together for the very last time. On the other hand Mel Gibson is already 46 years old and Danny Glover just turned 55 and he's definitely starting out to be "too old for this".


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