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
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the movie is set in 1989, the year of its release (see trivia), all denominations of US currency above $100.00 had been withdrawn from circulation for twenty years.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 »
[In Rudd's office, Hans meets Rudd & Vorstedt after losing the Krugerrands in the chase]
Hans, come in.
[points in front of his desk]
Mind the plastic. I'm having some painting done. Well now, the important thing is, are you all right? Any broken bones?
I'm fine, thank you, Mr. Rudd.
Only a few bumps and bruises, eh?
Yes, that's all.
However, we did lose over a million dollars in Krugerrand.
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Many action flicks over the years have been called loud and dumb. This is no exception. The "Lethal Weapon" series has never been especially noted for its intellect but it has something that a lot of action films lack: heart. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's winning chemistry created some of the most tender moments in the series and "Lethal Weapon 2" excels because they make the audience care about their characters. This movie is by far the best in the series with tones of moments registering directly to the viewer. Gibson and Glover provide these characters with depth that could easily have been lacking and the ending of this film leaves the audience actually feeling the love these two men have for each other. And, as a bonus, "Lethal Weapon 2" digs even deeper into one of the protagonist's past, shedding even more light as to why he is the way he is.
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