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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

 -  Action | Thriller  -  7 July 1989 (USA)
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Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

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Storyline

Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to take down some drug dealers but the they turn out to be not run of the mill drug dealers; they have automatic weapons and helicopters. Eventually they grab one of their vehicles and find a million dollars worth of gold coins or Krudderands in the trunk. Later Murtaugh is threatened by the men they're pursuing. That's when the Captain reassigns them to protect a man named Leo Getz who is suppose to testify in a big case. When they get to where Leo is, someone tries to kill him and that's when they learn he laundered half a billion dollars worth of drug money. He then takes them to a place he once went to and that's when the people there start shooting at them. Later when they come back with back up they learn that the men work for the South African consulate and have diplomatic immunity. They deduce that they are the ones they were looking for, but because of they have diplomatic immunity they can't do anything. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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7 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Arma mortal 2  »

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$147,253,986 (USA)
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Trivia

Gary Burghoff of MASH (1970) fame turned down the part later taken by Joe Pesci. See more »

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When Riggs and Murtaugh discover that most of the cargo inside the container is money, Murtaugh notes that "...they're all $1,000.00 bills." Presuming that the movie is set in 1989, the year of its release (see trivia), all denominations of US currency above $100.00 had been withdrawn from circulation for twenty years. Large denomination bills are now mostly in the hands of collectors and dealers. The huge quantity of such large bills would immediately draw suspicion no matter what their source. Part of the reason for the withdrawal was because the large denominations were not widely used enough; other motives include making it more difficult for criminal traffic in large amounts of currency, just the sort of situation depicted in the film. In 1989, there were approximately 220,000 $1,000 bills still being used, considerably fewer than the number of bills on the pallets. See more »

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[McGee uses a nail gun, Riggs and Murtaugh drop to the floor, guns drawn]
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Lonely Way
Performed by The Skyliners
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
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29 May 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

First of all this movie is almost as good as the original. It retains all of the elements that made the first film so darn entertaining and adds some new elements.

As all actors from the first movie appear in the second one as well its pretty clear what you can expect acting wise and surprise, surprise: The acting is still stellar, close to perfection. Mel Gibson is always good and in the second installment of the series he gets to be a little more wild and add even more nuances to the character. For example we get to see Riggs hit on women which adds an entire new side to him as the side we saw in the first film was of him mourning. Also we find out how his wife dies in a beautifully underacted scene (if you want to know how she dies you'll have to see the movie). Danny Glover returns as well and he plays the character pretty much as he did in the first film which is good because the character he plays is the one who is not supposed to change. He is meant to be square and combined with the character of Riggs this becomes highly entertaining. However, a new element is put into the mix to make it even more entertaining, Leo Getz, played beautifully by Joe Pesci and is to this day still one of his most memorable characters. He is funny and fast talking but most importantly: he is a crook and when you put him together with Riggs and Murtaugh the mix becomes explosive. The main villains are played by Joss Ackland and Derrick O'Connor and they are also good and a bit more developed than the villains of the first movie obviously because they had to focus more on the relationship between Riggs and Murtaugh in the first movie. Riggs' love interest is played Patsy Kensit and she is good if a bit underdeveloped.

The story is excellent and is almost better than the story in the first one. It is entertaining and funny and best of all the incredible chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover is maintained and is almost as good as it was in the first movie. Furthermore the addition of Joe Pesci was a very nice touch because he immediately makes the scenes with him, Gibson and Glover even more interesting and entertaining. The plot with the villains is kept relatively simple like in the first film, which is good because the goal for the film is entertainment not to be thought provoking.

The action of the film is kept in the same style as in the first movie and it is still both exhilarating and entertaining. The effects are still relatively realistic and this of course gives the movie a level of credibility that is sorely needed in many modern action movies.

All in all a worthy sequel and an excellent film on its own.

8/10


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