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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

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Martin Riggs finally meets his match in the form of Lorna Cole, a beautiful but tough policewoman. Together with Roger Murtaugh, his partner, the three attempt to expose a crooked former policeman and his huge arms racket. The crooked cop (Jack Travis) thwarts them at every turn, mainly by killing anyone who is about to talk, but Murtaugh has personal problems of his own as his family are brought into the equation. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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15 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,243,086 (USA) (17 May 1992)

Gross:

$144,731,527 (USA)
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In the earlier first two drafts of the script, Lorna had the same personality, but was still completely different, had a different name, and wasn't a woman, and was actually just as lethal and crazy as Riggs, which made that character his match. Riggs did, however, still had a different love interest in those drafts. He was actually having an affair with Roger's older daughter Rianne, which explains a couple of parts in the finished film, where Roger suspects that Riggs and Rianne are having an affair, those parts are only bits left from the original drafts, where the two of them were a secret couple.

It was Richard Donner's decision to change the parts of the original scripts, which included changing Lorna into a woman, and turning her into Riggs' love interest, bringing back Leo Getz (in the original script, it was explained that Leo moved to New York City, and all of the scenes with him were written in afterwards), toning down some of the bigger action parts of the scripts, refusing to develop the villains of the script, and instead focusing more on the relationship between Riggs and Murtaugh.

Screenwriter Jeffrey Boam didn't really like Donner's changes that he made on his script, but he also wasn't very angry about it. Boam was fired after he wrote his first two drafts of the script, since Donner wasn't interested in reading it, and because he didn't liked some parts of it. After Robert Mark Kamen was hired to re-write the script, Boam was brought back a couple of weeks later, when filmmakers didn't like Kamen's re-writes. Boam tried to work with Kamen, but he would always end up re-writing everything that Kamen wrote, so in the end, he asked to work alone on the re-writes, and Kamen left. Much like he had to keep re-writing the script for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), during both pre-production and filming, Boam had to keep re-writing his script for third film the entire time during a four month long production, from October 1991 till January 1992. All of the actors and actresses didn't like the constant re-writes of the script, and by the end of production, the script was re-written over forty times. Carrie Fisher, who at the time worked as a script doctor, also worked on the script for this movie, mostly on dialogue, and she wrote most of Rene Russo's dialogue in the final film.

In a 2012 interview for craveonline, Kamen said how he actually did a lot of work on the scripts for Lethal Weapon 2 and 3, when he was working as an uncredited screenwriter for Warner Brothers, and would often do lot of re-writes on their films, and how a lot of the stuff he added in the script for this movie, are still in the film, which is why he is credited as writer, along with Boam. Kamen didn't get a credit for his work on Lethal Weapon 2, although lot of the stuff he added during re-writes, ended up in the film, like all of the parts with the South African villains. See more »

Goofs

Wide-shots of the hockey game show the players wearing official NHL jerseys, while close-ups show uniforms that designed to vaguely resemble NHL jerseys, but clearly are not NHL issue. See more »

Quotes

Riggs: We can't shoot a dog. People? Okay, but not dogs.
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Crazy Credits

The credits thank the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, where the last bomb explosion was filmed and the hotel Soreno destroyed, but they misspell the name of the city 'St. Petersberg'. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Three Stooges Theme
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
Arranged by Lyle 'Spud' Murphy (as Spud Murphy)
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Still has the magic
16 June 2003 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Lethal Weapon 3 is the thrid film in the series and just as good. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and the funny Joe Pesci are all back for the fun. This time they add the sexy Rene Russo to the mix who can hang with Riggs and is just as crazy. Underreated actor Stuart Wilson makes another good bad guy in this good sequel.


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