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Lethal Weapon -- Forced to form an uneasy alliance, two L.A. cops begin to unravel the mystery of an apparent suicide that turns out to be murder -- and more.
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Lethal Weapon -- A veteran cop, Murtough, is partnered with a young homicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common, hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one and other to stop a gang of drug smugglers.

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Writer:
Shane Black (written by)
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Release Date:
6 March 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance. See more »
Plot:
A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Action and comedy at their best See more (251 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs

Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh

Gary Busey ... Joshua

Mitchell Ryan ... The General

Tom Atkins ... Michael Hunsaker

Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh

Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh

Jackie Swanson ... Amanda Hunsaker

Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... Carrie Murtaugh

Bill Kalmenson ... Beat Cop

Lycia Naff ... Dixie
Patrick Cameron ... Cop #1

Don Gordon ... Cop #2
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Drug Dealer #1

Jason Ronard ... Drug Dealer #2
Blackie Dammett ... Drug Dealer #3
Gail Bowman ... Cop
Robert Fol ... Cop
Selma Archerd ... Policewoman
Richard B. Whitaker ... Police Officer
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Psychologist
Steve Kahan ... Capt. Ed Murphy
Jack Thibeau ... McCaskey

Grand L. Bush ... Boyette (as Grand Bush)

Ed O'Ross ... Mendez

Gustav Vintas ... Gustaf
Paul Tuerpe ... Mercenary
Chad Hayes ... Mercenary

Chris D. ... Mercenary (as Chris D. Jardins)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Mercenary (as Sven Thorsen)
Peter DuPont ... Mercenary
Gilles Kohler ... Mercenary
Cedric Adams ... Mercenary
Jim J. Poslof ... Mercenary (as James Poslof)

Al Leong ... Endo
Michael Shaner ... McCleary
Natalie Zimmerman ... Patrol Cop
Deborah Dismukes ... Blonde on Bike
Cheryl Baker ... Girl in Shower #1
Terri Lynn Doss ... Girl in Shower #2
Sharon K. Brecke ... Girl in Shower #3
Donald Gooden ... Alfred
Alphonse Philippe Mouzon ... Alfred's Friend #1
Shaun Hunter ... Alfred's Friend #2
Everitt Wayne Collins Jr. ... Alfred's Friend #3
Lenny Juliano ... Patrol Cop

Henry Brown ... Plainclothes Cop
Brian Strohm ... Family Friend
Teresa Kadotani ... Hooker
Frank Reinhard ... Beat Cop
John O'Neill ... Police Officer in Car #1

Tom Noga ... Police Officer in Car #2
Burbank the Cat ... Burbank the Cat
Sam the Dog ... Sam the Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Clardy ... Policeman (uncredited)

Renée Estevez ... Underage Hooker (uncredited)

Mic Rodgers ... Bus Driver (uncredited)

Joan Severance ... Girl in Black Playsuit (uncredited)
Norman D. Wilson ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Donner 
 
Writing credits
Shane Black (written by)

Produced by
Richard Donner .... producer
Jennie Lew Tugend .... associate producer (as Jennie Lew)
Joel Silver .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eric Clapton 
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Goldblatt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Malin 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup artist (as Scott Eddo)
K.G. Ramsey .... hair style creator: Mel Gibson (as Ramsey)
 
Production Management
Steve Perry .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Miller .... second assistant director (as Terry Miller Jr.)
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director
Willie E. Simmons Jr. .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Eva Anna Andry .... assistant art director (as Eva Bohn)
Mario Castillo .... swing gang
Oscar Delgadillo .... swing gang
Jack Eberhart .... lead person
Joyce Gordon .... swing gang
Jaymes Hinkle .... production scenic artist (as Jimmie J. Hinkle)
Ron Morales .... labor foreman
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (as Erik Nelson)
James F. Orendorff .... construction foreman (as James Orendorff)
Virginia L. Randolph .... assistant art director
Bob Santaella .... swing gang
George Stokes .... construction coordinator
Leslie Warren-Smith .... art department researcher
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Sherrie Bayer Burke .... assistant sound editor
Milton C. Burrow .... sound editor
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr editor
Jay Engel .... supervising adr editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady .... assistant adr editor (as Barbara Gandolfo)
Dee Dee Goldner .... assistant sound editor (as Deedee Goldner)
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert Henderson)
David M. Horton .... sound editor (as D. Michael Horton)
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Bill Nelson .... production sound mixer
Richard Oswald .... sound editor (as Richard L. Oswald)
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Mychal Smith .... cable man
Jim Sparks .... assistant sound editor
Jules Strasser .... boom man (as Jules Strasser III)
Scott D. Jackson .... foley editor (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Greg John Callas .... special effects
Joe Day .... special effects foreman
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects coordinator
Elmer Hui .... special effects
Thomas Mertz .... special effects
Bruce Robles .... special effects
Harold Selig .... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects (as Jeff Wischnack)
Dick Wood .... special effects (as Richard Wood)
 
Stunts
John Alden .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Gregory Barnett)
Bobby Bass .... stunt coordinator
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Kelly C. Collins .... stunts (as Kelly Collins)
Monty Cox .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Mike De Luna .... stunts (as Mike DeLuna)
Steve DeFrance .... stunts (as Steve M. deFrance)
Shane Dixon .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Richard M. Ellis .... stunts (as Richard Miller Ellis)
Donna Evans .... stunts
James W. Gavin .... stunt pilot (as Jim Gavin)
Diane Hetfield .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Mark Lonsdale .... stunts
Dana Mackey .... stunts
R.W. Martin .... stunt pilot
Bennie Moore .... stunts (as Bennie E. Moore Jr.)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (as Jim Nickerson)
Mary Peters .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ron Rondell)
Keith Tellez .... stunts
Elliott S. Valderrama .... stunts (as Elliott Valderrama)
Karl A. Wickman .... stunt pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Randell Dennis Widner .... stunts (as Randy Widner)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Annie Ellis .... stunts (uncredited)
Royce Gracie .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Tom Noga .... stunts (uncredited)
Mic Rodgers .... stunt double: Mel Gibson (uncredited)
Tony Snegoff .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip
Richmond G. Cogswell .... video assist (as Rich Cogswell)
Frank M. Holgate .... aerial photographer (as Frank Holgate)
Frank M. Holgate .... underwater photographer (as Frank Holgate)
Bill King .... electrical best boy
Tim McArdle .... rigging gaffer
Geary McLeod .... first assistant camera
Ron Peebles .... grip best boy
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera (as Cal Roberts)
Charles Saldana .... key grip
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Stephen St. John .... panaglide operator
Mike Strong .... gaffer (as Michael Strong)
Ronald Vidor .... underwater photographer (as Ron Vidor)
Richard Walden .... camera operator
Rick Whitesman .... second assistant camera
Bess Wiley .... second assistant camera
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Jeffrey Norvet .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Scott Papenfus .... camera trainee (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barry Francis Delaney .... costume supervisor (as Barry Delaney)
Dallas D. Dornan .... costumer (as Dallas Dornan)
Paki Wolfe .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Greenfeld .... assistant editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant editor (as Billy Meshover)
Bernard Weiser .... post-production
 
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... additional orchestrator
Chris Boardman .... additional orchestrator
Christopher Brooks .... music editor
Stephen Chase .... music producer (as Steve Chase)
Eric Clapton .... musician
Robert Fernandez .... orchestral recordist (as Bobby Fernandez)
Philip Giffin .... additional orchestrator
James Guthrie .... music producer
Michael Kamen .... music producer
Michael Kamen .... musician
Michael Kamen .... orchestra arranger
Michael Kamen .... orchestra conductor
David Sanborn .... musician
David A. Stewart .... music producer (as Manu Guiot)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
William Ross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jim Barbarino .... transportation captain
Don Cannon .... driver
Vernon Dautenhahn .... driver (as Vern Dautenhahn)
Cliff Hill .... transportation captain
Myra Hill .... transportation coordinator
Ron Kelley .... driver
Paul Tampourlos .... driver
Dennis Junt .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cedric Adams .... special technical advisor: 'Capoeira'
Julie Adams .... dialogue coach
Gordon Antell .... unit runner
Matthew Baer .... production office aide
Rod Bernsen .... technical advisor
Lauren B. Caplan .... production office aide (as Lauren Caplan)
Leah Dunatchik .... production office aide
Art Fransen .... technical advisor
Jan Garner .... production accountant
Rorion Gracie .... special technical advisor: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Lindsay Hirsch .... production office aide
Laura Hoffman .... production secretary
David Israel .... location manager
Michael Alan Kahn .... unit runner (as Michael Kahn)
George Luis .... assistant: Joel Silver
Tom Maslow .... unit runner
Alvin Mears .... animal trainer
Katherine Ann Moore .... unit publicist (as Katherine Moore)
Dennis Newsome .... special technical advisor: 'Jail-House-Rock'
John Panzarella .... location manager
Michael Papac .... weapon specialist
Jim Porter .... first aid
Spencer Quinn .... liaison
Jean Paul Riva .... production office aide
Laurie Ryan .... assistant: Jennie Lew
Ron Saffold .... craft service
Tatum Share .... production office aide
Paula Shaw .... location manager
Debby Shively .... production office aide (as Debbie Shively)
Tamara Smith .... assistant: Joel Silver
Susan Stern .... production office aide
Michael Thau .... associate to producer (as Michael Benjamin Thau)
Elaine K. Thompson .... production associate
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Richard Whitaker .... technical advisor
Ellen Wolff .... production office aide
Allison Caine .... additional voice (uncredited)
Shari Cartun .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Riley Kathryn Ellis .... development executive (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... dispatcher (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Dar Robinson .... dedicated to the memory of
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
110 min | Germany:108 min (cut version) | USA:117 min (director's cut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 (1999 re-rating) | Brazil:18 (original rating) | Canada:18A | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (uncut 1987) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1987) | France:-12 | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | South Korea:18 (director's cut) | Sweden:15 (cut) | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1993) | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2010) | USA:R (Approved #28496) | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:18 | West Germany:16 (director's cut)

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Trivia:
The first movie to feature a cellphone. It can be seen when Murtaugh calls his wife to tell Amanda Hunsaker's death, and when later Murtaugh calls Dr. Stephanie Woods to talk about Riggs' insanity.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Riggs and Murtaugh shoot Joshua after he overpowers the cops trying to arrest him, the slide (top half of an automatic pistol that moves backward when the gun is fired) on Riggs' Beretta doesn't move.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Riggs:Hey, you know what?
Roger Murtaugh:What?
Martin Riggs:Well, I think your daughter kinda likes me.
Roger Murtaugh:If you touch her, I'll kill you.
Martin Riggs:Ha! You'll try.
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Jingle BellsSee more »

FAQ

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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Action and comedy at their best, 16 June 2003
Author: DunnDeeDaGreat from Woodbridge, VA

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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