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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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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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$147,253,986 (USA)
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In the opening scene, Riggs uses the Western Union phonetic alphabet ("Adams Henry") to report the license plate number, instead of the NATO alphabet which would be "Alpha Hotel". 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the movie is set in 1989, the year of its release (see trivia), all denominations of US currency above $100.00 had been withdrawn from circulation for twenty years.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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Rika Van Den Haas: Rudd's hiding behind his diplomatic credentials, isn't he?
Riggs: He's not a very good guy, your boss.
Rika Van Den Haas: Then whatever he's doing, he shouldn't get away with it.
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The adventure continues
13 June 2000 | by (Froland, Norway) – See all my reviews

The adventure continues with Lethal Weapon 2. All the great characters are back and with some new ones, as well. Joe Pesci enters the Lethal Weapon-series as the annoying and witty Leo Getz(ok ok ok ok?) Riggs and Murtaugh must fight against a South-African diplomat, who`s a big drugdealer. The classic mixture of action and comedy is also to be found here. I have never seen another series of movies (except Die Hard), where all the chapters are just as great as the original film. 9/10










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