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Lethal Weapon 2 -- 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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7 July 1989 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs

Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh

Joe Pesci ... Leo Getz

Joss Ackland ... Arjen Rudd

Derrick O'Connor ... Pieter Vorstedt

Patsy Kensit ... Rika Van Den Haas

Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh

Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh
Steve Kahan ... Captain Murphy

Mark Rolston ... Hans

Jenette Goldstein ... Meagan Shapiro

Dean Norris ... Tim Cavanaugh

Juney Smith ... Tom Wyler

Nestor Serrano ... Eddie Estaban
Philip Suriano ... Joseph Ragucci

Grand L. Bush ... Jerry Collins

Tony Carreiro ... Marcelli

Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... Carrie Murtaugh
Allan Dean Moore ... George

Jack McGee ... Carpenter
Paul Tuerpe ... Hitman
Philip Maurice Miller ... Hitman

Sherman Howard ... Hitman
Bruce Young ... Hitman
Guy Mack ... Hitman
Danny Wynands ... Hitman

Pat Skipper ... Hitman
Robert Fol ... Consulate Guard

Virginia Shannon ... Consulate Office Worker
Dan Ondrejko ... Consulate Clerk #2 (as Danny Ondrejko)

Jim Piddock ... Consulate Envoy

Kenneth Tigar ... Bomb Squad Leader
Jim Birge ... Bomb Squad Cop #2
Patrick Cameron ... Bomb Squad Cop #3

Mary Ellen Trainor ... Police Psychiatrist

David Marciano ... Cop #1

Tommy Hinkley ... Cop #2

Norm Wilson ... Detective in Squad Room
Jeanne McGuire ... Computer Operator #1
Catherine Guel ... Computer Operator #2

Lionel Douglass ... Officer Friesen
James Oliver ... Officer Moss
Salim Jaidi ... Policeman
Al Weber Jr. ... Poolside Card Player
Edward J. Rosen ... Poolside Card Player
Jay Della ... Poolside Card Player

Marian Collier ... Poolside Card Player
Orlando Bonner ... Tow Truck Driver
Cynthia Burr ... Owner of Honda
Sam the Dog ... Sam the Dog
Burbank the Cat ... Burbank the Cat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Blood ... Street Extra (uncredited)
Jorga Caye ... Ice Hocket Fan (uncredited)
Larry Clardy ... Policeman (uncredited)
J. Mills Goodloe ... Eddie (uncredited)

Conrad Hurtt ... Squad Room Officer (uncredited)

Beau Lotterman ... Policeman (uncredited)
Norman D. Wilson ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Donner 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)

Shane Black (story) &
Warren Murphy (story)

Shane Black (characters)

Produced by
Richard Donner .... producer
Peter Frankfurt .... associate producer
Jennie Lew Tugend .... co-producer
Steve Perry .... co-producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Clapton 
Michael Kamen 
David Sanborn 
Cinematography by
Stephen Goldblatt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Gail Levin 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
Art Direction by
Richard Berger 
Virginia L. Randolph  (as Virginia Randolph)
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup artist (as Scott Eddo)
Production Management
Steve Perry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Cho .... second second assistant director
Michael Alan Kahn .... second assistant director
Terry Miller .... first assistant director (as Terry Miller Jr.)
Steve Perry .... second unit director
Charlie Picerni .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul J. Campanella .... standby painter
Jack Eberhart .... lead person
Jaymes Hinkle .... production scenic artist (as Jimmy J. Hinkle)
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (as Erik Nelson)
Dan Pemberton .... propmaker foreman
J. Paul Riva .... art department research assistant (as Paul Riva)
John Villarino .... construction coordinator
Mike Villarino .... construction foreman
Dianne Wager .... set designer
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator (uncredited)
David J. Negron Jr. .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Melissa Totten .... production design researcher (uncredited)
Tom von Badinski .... welder (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Carmen Baker .... assistant adr editor (as Carmen Hocson)
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
Willie D. Burton .... production sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor
Jay Engel .... supervising adr editor
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Robert W. Harris .... cable person (as Robert Harris)
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert Henderson)
David M. Horton .... sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor (as Karin Minahan)
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Walter Newman .... sound editor (as Walt Newman)
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Hank Salerno .... supervising adr editor
James Simcik .... adr editor
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson-Ward)
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects (as Calvin Accord)
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects foreman
Chris Burton .... special effects
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects (as Larry Fuentes)
Don Hathaway .... special effects (as Donald Hathaway)
Richard L. Hill .... special effects (as Richard Hill)
Steve Luport .... special effects
David Peterson .... special effects
Paul Sabourin .... special effects
Jim Schwalm .... special effects (as Jim Schwalm)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects
Bob Stoker .... special effects
Lucinda Strub .... special effects
Matt Sweeney .... special effects coordinator
Fred Tessaro .... special effects
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects (uncredited)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
David Burton .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Gary Davis .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Sparky Edmonston .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Tony Epper .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jim Halty)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Matt Johnston .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (as Charles Picerni)
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunt coordinator
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig Lietzke .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Mic Rodgers .... stunt double: Mel Gibson (uncredited)
Keith Tellez .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... second assistant camera
Richmond G. Cogswell .... video assist
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (as Ray DeLaMotte)
Danny Falkengren .... dolly grip (as Daniel Axel Falkengren)
Frank M. Holgate .... aerial photographer: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
Frank M. Holgate .... underwater photographer (as Frank Holgate)
Gary Holt .... chief lighting technician
Bob E. Krattiger .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Bob Krattiger)
Geary McLeod .... first assistant camera
Hal Nelson .... grip best boy
Charles Saldana .... key grip
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Stephen St. John .... panaglide operator
Bess Wiley .... second assistant camera
Stephen Ashley Blake .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Vincent Contarino .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barry Francis Delaney .... costume supervisor (as Barry Delaney)
Barbara Siebert .... costumer (as Barbara Seibert Bolticoff)
Vicky Snow .... costumer
Michael Voght .... costumer
Editorial Department
David Mann .... assistant film editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant film editor (as William Meshover)
Kevin Stitt .... assistant film editor
Blake Jones .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
David Israel .... location manager
Joel Marx .... location manager
Antoinette Simmrin .... location manager
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... additional orchestrator
Chris Boardman .... additional orchestrator (as Christopher Boardman)
Christopher Brooks .... music editor
Robert Fernandez .... orchestral recordist (as Bobby Fernandez)
Philip Giffin .... additional orchestrator
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jack Lietzke .... transportation coordinator
John M. Woodward .... transportation captain (as John Woodward)
Craig Lietzke .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialect coach: S. African
Pamela Alessandrelli .... assistant: Joel Silver
Lisa Cogswell .... production secretary
Alexander B. Collett .... assistant: Richard Donner
Frank DeMichelis .... craft service
Terri Depaolo .... assistant: Mel Gibson (as Terri De Paolo)
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot: second unit (as Jim Gavin)
Nancy Hansen .... script supervisor
Amy Jackson .... production office assistant
Sati Jamal .... production aide
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Gregory Manson .... production accountant (as Greg Manson)
Eveleen McCormack .... production office assistant
Kari Ann Messina .... production office assistant (as Kari Messina)
Cynthia Neber .... secretary: Richard Donner
Scott Nimerfro .... assistant: Jennie Lew Tugend
Michael Papac .... weapons specialist
Gilbert O. Parra .... technical advisor (as Art Fransen)
Heidi Peterson .... production office assistant
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Frank Reinhard .... production aide
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production accountant (as Alicia Alon Frankl)
Michael Thau .... producer: Rianne's beach commercial (as Michael Benjamin Thau)
Jennifer Todd .... assistant: Joel Silver
Suzanne Todd .... assistant: Joel Silver
Ellen Wolff .... assistant production secretary
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Pat Bentley .... location liaison (uncredited)
Shari Cartun .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Joyce Heftel .... script supervisor: additional crew (uncredited)
Antoinette Levine .... co-location manager (uncredited)
Brian McMillan .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Ladd Vance .... assistant: Joel Silver (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... dispatcher (uncredited)
Jay Engel .... we miss you
Crew verified as complete

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114 min | Germany:108 min (cut version) | USA:118 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)
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[Admiring the view over L.A]
Roger Murtaugh:That's downtown L.A. How would you like to have a house up here?
Martin Riggs:Well, it would be okay on the three days of the year when you can actually see it!
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60 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Quite possibly one of the best sequels of all time..., 20 September 2003
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

"Lethal Weapon 2" is the type of sequel you don't screw with, for fear of getting seriously beat up if you do. Luckily the praise comes as easily as the film is good -- and boy, is it good.

If you haven't seen "Lethal Weapon" (1987), get off your computer, drop that Cheez-It out of your hand, rush to your closest video outlet and buy it. If you have seen it, then drop that Cheez-It out of your hand, rush to your closest video outlet and buy the sequel, "Lethal Weapon 2." It's a real ball-breaker, a bruiser, the type of film where the heroes get beat up mercilessly but when they get mad, boy are they mad, and they tear apart everything in their path that is standing in their way. There's a particular shoot-out scene aboard a docked ship where Riggs (Mel Gibson) goes on a rampage and really kicks butt with a vengeance.

But I think I'm getting ahead of myself.

The film opens with a high-speed car chase on a freeway in Downtown LA. Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are in hot pursuit, tearing up Murtaugh's wife's brand-new car as they chase the speeder through an underground tunnel, up a bridge, and so on and so forth.

When they finally catch the speeder they find African gold hidden in the back of his truck. Soon they are being threatened to stay off of the case by African diplomats, one of whom Riggs really enjoys annoying. They can't arrest them because of diplomatic immunity, so Riggs goes in and shoots up the place where they're staying.

Riggs finds himself a new girl (Patsy Kensit), while Murtaugh protects a federal witness named Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), a lovable little blabbermouth who likes being one of the cops. He waddles around throughout the film like a little eager puppy, ready to do anything he's told. Of course Riggs and Murtaugh pick on him throughout the movie, but their friendship is a sort of love-to-hate, explained in "Lethal Weapon 4" (1997).

What a hard action movie/sequel this is. I had heard nothing very positive about this movie until right before I saw it. I sat down, watched it directly after I watched "Lethal Weapon," and realized just how great of a sequel it really is. It's not repetitive -- it continues the character progression and friendship seen at the end of "Lethal Weapon," while at the same time adding a bit more humor than the first film.

One of the things I praise about the first "Lethal Weapon" movie is that the characters didn't just suddenly agree to like each other at the end of the movie like so many films. They gradually learned to trust each other throughout the film, adding a sense of true friendship and realism to the film. In "Lethal Weapon 2," the friendship between Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh is definitely expanded more to the point where they're best buddies. Most of the time when there is a sequel to a cop-buddy film, the directors and writers are afraid to continue the friendship. They seem to forget the end of the original film, and in the second film the characters hate each other again and the progress of friendship starts all over again. (As seen in such films as "Another 48 Hrs.")

But "Lethal Weapon 2" is brave -- it isn't afraid to continue the story. I think that might be part of what makes it such a great, well-rounded series. It never really repeats itself, it always seems eager to move forward and ignore the past. The first film was a humorous, hard cop-buddy film about two opposites learning to trust each other. The second movie is a continuation of their friendship. The third film is almost a full-out comedy. And the fourth film is a tribute to the first three. Darn good film-making here.

"Lethal Weapon 2" is quite possibly one of the best sequels of all time. It avoids repetitions, it avoids cop-buddy clichés, and when it all comes down to it, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and Joe Pesci are such an amazing trio, that even if this film did follow the routine procedures I'd still love it. And you can't say that about many movies.

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