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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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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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 Krugerrands 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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,388,800 (USA) (9 July 1989)

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$147,253,986 (USA)
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According to Richard Donner's commentary for the film, although they rejected Shane Black's original draft of the script mostly because of the ending where Riggs dies, they still filmed the ending of the movie in a way that they could edit it in two different versions of it; Riggs dying, or Riggs surviving. After a good response from the audience during test screening of the movie, it was decided to keep Riggs alive. The last shot of the movie showing Riggs on the ground, and Murtaugh holding him while the camera moves away from the scene into the air, showing the sunrise, was actually meant to be used in the ending where Riggs dies, which is why both he and Murtaugh don't move during the shot, so in a way, the movie does end with Riggs dying from his wounds.

Michael Kamen's track "Riggs Dying", and Eric Clapton's cover of the song "Knocking on Heaven's Door", were composed and meant to be used only in the "Riggs Dies" ending, so George Harrison's song Cheer Down was used for ending credits, once the "Riggs Lives" ending was chosen for the final version of the film. See more »

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The camera is reflected in the window of Riggs' truck when he drives off after blocking in the car of the South African diplomat. See more »

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Arjen Rudd: Certain policemen in this city have become an intolerable nuisance. They are obviously onto us again. How do you propose to handle it?
Pieter Vorstedt: [with cigarette in mouth] Warn them off. It's my experience that a scared cop is more useful than a dead one.
Arjen Rudd: A warning? Is that not a bit tame?
Pieter Vorstedt: Depends on how you do it.
[about 25 minutes later into film after a very scary warning that still didn't stop the police from bothering them]
Arjen Rudd: Things are getting out of hand. We are suffering too many losses. We have to ...
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Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Performed by Eric Clapton, Randy Crawford and David Sanborn
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A really lethal sequel
8 August 2000 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return to kick heads and shoot bad guys for the second time, as Riggs and Murtaugh, the "Oscar and Felix" of law enforcement in "Lethal Weapon 2." This time

around, the boys are forced to become the 3 Stooges when they are assigned to guard a feisty, foul-mouthed federal witness named Leo Getz (the frantic Joe Pesci) from a group of sadistic Afrikaner thugs (led by the usually dark-natured character actor Joss Acklund). At the same time, Riggs meets a new love named

Rika (the hot Patsy Kensit), who happens to be a pawn in the

villain's dangerous games.

The action is faster and more furious in this sequel to the

slam-bang original. Even the banter gets a boost, thanks to the

added comedic riff by Pesci. Watch for his slightly annoying,

yet hilarious speech on a Subway tunafish sandwich!


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