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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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Two cops. Glover carries a weapon. Gibson is one. He's the only L.A. cop registered as a LETHAL WEAPON. See more »

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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

Director Richard Donner thought that no matter how many drafts he wrote, Shane Black's original script was still way too dark for his liking, so he brought writer Jeffrey Boam for some uncredited rewriting in order to add some more bits of humor into the script and change some parts. For example, in the scene (which was eventually deleted completely) where Riggs kills a psycho sniper who is shooting at kids there was originally going to be a part showing one dead kid being carried on a gurney. Almost all other graphic parts of Black's script were bloodier than in the film. Donner still deleted some scenes for being too dark in his opinion, including the sniper scene and the original introduction scene for Riggs where he beats up two guys in a bar when they try to rob him.

Jeffrey Boam also completely re-wrote Shane Black and Warren Murphy's original script for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) after it was rejected for being too dark and bloody and because Riggs died in the end. He wrote the script for Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and he also wrote an unused draft for fourth film which had Riggs and Murtaugh dealing with racist white trash right wing neo-Nazi survivalists doing a terrorist attack in L.A. The script was written some time in January of 1995 and it dealt with real life neo-Nazi activity in US that was only superficially dealt with in just one movie before, John Frankenheimer's 1989 action crime film Dead Bang (1989). Despite the fact that everybody liked it, Boam's script was rejected and Boam later said in interviews how it was much better than the final movie which suffered some problems with constant re-writes of the script that was chosen for filming and actually didn't have a completed script during filming. See more »

Goofs

Just before Amanda Hunsaker hits the car, careful viewers can see that she actually falls on a big inflated bed with the car's picture on it. This is visible only for about half a second. See more »

Quotes

[Riggs is having doubts]
Roger Murtaugh: Why is there a problem?
Martin Riggs: There's no problem.
Roger Murtaugh: We got one dead girl and one dead guy. The dead guy kills the dead girl, we kill the dead guy 'cause he wanted us to be dead guys - it's pretty easy 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Relative Strangers (2006) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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One of the best action films of all
23 September 2000 | by (United States) – 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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