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.
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
In the opening pursuit scene, the police unit call signs are given as 20W15 (Riggs & Murtaugh) & 20W12. LAPD unit call signs consist of the Division number, then a unit type letter (W to indicate detectives), then the specific unit or patrol area number. LAPD Division 20 is Olympic Division, which came into existence in 2009, 20 years after the movie. See more »
Certain policemen in this city have become an intolerable nuisance. They are obviously onto us again. How do you propose to handle the situation?
Warn them off. It's my experience that a scared cop is more useful than a dead one.
A warning... is that not a bit tame?
Depends how you do it.
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Riggs and Murtaugh now face a bunch of south African criminals hiding behind their diplomatic immunity. The duo have to fight for their right to fight back, as the criminals declare war on the cops, and arouse the lethal weapon in Riggs.
The introdction of Joe Pesci's character is a little annoying at first but it soon grows on you and he adds a focus for the comedy element.
Richard Donner again directs the cop duo and again we have a movie well worth watching.
Plenty of action, a few more laughs and a lethal weapon that is still just as sharp, all combine to deliver another great outing for Riggs and Murtaugh.
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