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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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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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical and television trailers for the film, show a few deleted and extended scenes, that were never released in full on any DVD or Blu-ray release of the movie;

Murtaugh saying "New Partner?" after he gets thrown to the floor by Riggs when they first meet, and when he is told that Riggs is his new partner, Riggs and Murtaugh driving in the car, and Murtaugh telling Riggs "Don't kill anybody" and Riggs repeats the same line, a couple of shots of a short deleted scene, where Murtaugh is shooting his gun at the target range alone, Riggs beating up two guys who try to rob and kill him while he is in the bar (original introduction scene for his character), Riggs saying an additional line "Nobody can touch me" after Murtaugh asks him is he really that good as he says he is, additional dialogue between Rianne and Riggs in the ending, where she tells Riggs how people say he is the best, and he again says "Nobody can touch me" and winks, and part of the original ending, showing Riggs and Murtaugh outside the bar, where Riggs beat up two guys in the original opening, and where they say goodbye to each other. Some other scenes were also deleted and never released. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sergeant McCaskey: You know, Roger, you are way behind the times. The guys of the 80s aren't tough. They are sensitive people. Show a little emotion to a woman and shit like that. I think I'm an '80s man...
Roger Murtaugh: How do you figure?
Sergeant McCaskey: Last night I cried in bed. So how is that?
Roger Murtaugh: Were you with a woman?
Sergeant McCaskey: I was alone. Why do you think I cried?
Roger Murtaugh: Sounds like an '80s man to me...
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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 »

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Referenced in The Task: Pilot (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Double Deck The Hall
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Performed by Bugs Bunny & Friends
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The best action/buddy film
11 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

LETHAL WEAPON (1987) ***1/2 Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe. One of the best action/comedy/buddy films of all time with Gibson as suicidal loose cannon maverick cop Martin Riggs mismatched with partner Roger Murtaugh (Glover in one great comic role), who is constantly reminded of his age and the danger he's constantly in: solving a drug-linked homicide of Murtaugh's friend's daughter. Busey is memorable as an albino mercenary, Mr. Joshua, unsusceptible to pain. Some great stunts and lots of thrills thanks to helmsman Richard Donner (who also directed the sequels).


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