A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have 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 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
Jeffrey Boam, who took over writing of the script for the film after Shane Black and Warren Murphy's script was rejected for being too dark and bloody, and because Riggs died at the end, also wrote the script for third Lethal Weapon film, and an unused draft for a fourth film, which had Riggs and Murtaugh dealing with neo-Nazi survivalists, who were launching a terrorist attack in Los Angeles. This script was written sometime in January of 1995, and according to Boam, it dealt with entire real-life neo-Nazi activity in the U.S., that was only superficially dealt with only one movie before, Dead Bang (1989). Despite the fact that everybody liked it, for some reason Boam's script was rejected, and Boam later said in interviews, how it was much better from the final movie, which suffered some problems with constant re-writes of the script that was chosen for the filming, and actually didn't have a completed script during filming. See more »
The diplomat who steals the tow truck activates the tray when Riggs attacks him through the rear window, causing Riggs to flee to the roof to avoid being crushed. As soon as he is on the roof, the tray suddenly stops moving and is then back in its original position for the rest of the chase. See more »
I was going to offer you a drink, Riggs, but I hear you're on the wagon these days.
Yeah, that stuff'll kill you quick. Listen, you know so much about me; who the hell are you?
I'm the guy that changed the course of your life, man. 4 years ago, Riggs, when you were a narc down in Long Beach, you were getting too close to us so we put a contract out on you. I handled it myself; drove your car right off the fucking road, remember? Now, of course, you weren't driving. You can't imagine the ...
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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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