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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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  (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)
Larry Clardy ... Policeman (uncredited)
J. Mills Goodloe ... Eddie (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)
Tom von Badinski .... welder (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound 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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as R.A. Rondell)
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
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
David Israel .... location manager
Amy Jackson .... production office assistant
Sati Jamal .... production aide
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Gregory Manson .... production accountant (as Greg Manson)
Joel Marx .... location manager
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)
Antoinette Simmrin .... location manager
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)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (director's cut) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1990) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1989) | France:U | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | South Korea:18 (director's cut) | Sweden:15 | Thailand:R-14 | UK:15 (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (uncut) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2010) | USA:R (certificate #29848) | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:16 | West Germany:18 (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Throughout several points in the movie, Riggs willfully mispronounces Arjen Rudd's name as "Aryan", willfully calls Pieter Vorstedt "Adolf", and refers to Rudd, Vorstedt, and their associates as the "Master Race". These are all references to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis before and during World War II. "Aryan Race" or "Master Race" was a Nazi ideological form which became a concept for white supremacism. The South African practice of Apartheid at the time was also another ideological form of white supremacy, which is likely why Riggs made these comparisons.See more »
Continuity: Murtaugh pulls up right behind the pool guy's truck on the first visit to the stilt house. Later, when he and Leo get in to chase Riggs and the tow truck, the wagon is now some distance back from the pick-up to allow him to pull out without reversing.See more »
[about to pull Murtaugh off the booby-trapped toilet]
Martin Riggs:On three, what do ya say?
Roger Murtaugh:Okay.
Martin Riggs:One... two...
Roger Murtaugh:Wait, wait, wait!
Martin Riggs:What?
Roger Murtaugh:Do we do it on three? Or one, two, three, then do it?
Martin Riggs:It's your ass, Cochise!
Roger Murtaugh:My ass, yeah. On three.
Martin Riggs:We go on three?
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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
An action movie with heart, 18 December 2004
Author: Matt Shane from USA

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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