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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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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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According to director Richard Donner's commentary for the film, although they rejected writer 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 good response from 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 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 scene, so in a way, movie does ends with Riggs dying from his wounds.

Composer 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 "Riggs Lives" ending was chosen for the final version of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Riggs and Murtaugh are leaving the captain's office after being assigned to protect Leo Getz, the writing on the office door changes from "Capt. E. Murphy" to "Capt. L. Murphy", between shots. See more »

Quotes

[after Riggs just destroyed a house on a cliff]
Roger Murtaugh: Riggs, you crazy son of a bitch!
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Crazy Credits

The Merrie Melodies theme is briefly heard during the opening sequence. See more »

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Soundtracks

Lonely Way
Performed by The Skyliners
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
Written by Joseph Rock, James Beaumont and The Skyliners
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A complete review in as short as possible...
7 August 1999 | by (Islamabad, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Lethal Weapon 2: A complete review in as short as possible

If you're looking for an extremely enjoyable movie, in all aspects of the word "enjoyable" i seriously recommend this masterpiece! It has everything anyone can ask for: a star-studded cast, excellent performances, masterful directions, engrossing story, amazing action-sequences, witty dialogue, sensational sound track, and this is just the beginning! And if this is not MAGIC then I don't know what is!

Gibson's Riggs and Glover's Murtaugh are amazing, the chemistry here is absolutely amazing! Each complements the other perfectly and the inclusion of Pesci's Getz is the best thing that could have ever happened to the movie.

It's not just the performances either. LW2 is an excellent follow-up to the original that spawned 4 sequels and is a MUST-SEE. As a matter of fact, I personally find it to be the best movie throughout the series. Do not pass this one up!

Oomph!-scale (from 5) : *****


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