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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  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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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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Release Date:

7 July 1989 (USA)  »

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$147,253,986 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The "bomb in the toilet" sequence was used as an early teaser trailer for the movie. The trailer ended with the toilet landing on Murtaugh's car and the voice-over announcer saying "They're not taking any more crap!" See more »


During the tow truck chase, the same shot of a beige Cadillac swerving around the truck as it approaches a Chevrolet Citation is used twice, although from different angles. See more »


[after shooting 2 criminals with a nail gun]
Roger Murtaugh: Nailed you both!
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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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