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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

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Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue an arms dealer who is a former LAPD officer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Kahan ...
Ebonie Smith ...
Gregory Millar ...
Jason Rainwater ...
Young Cop (as Jason Meshover-Iorg)
Delores Hall ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arma mortal 3  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$144,731,527 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Each 'Lethal Weapon' film features a goon with glasses. Here, it is the bearded henchman played by Paul Tuerpe. See more »


In the final shootout scene when Riggs checks Lorna's vest(s), you can clearly see entire rounds of ammunition protruding from her vest, including shell casings (primers visible) - there should only be projectiles. See more »


Martin Riggs: When you retire, you're not just retiring you, man! You're retiring us!
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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 »


Followed by Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) See more »


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Dumb fun – polished and family friendly fun
25 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Riggs and Murtaugh arrest a man on gun charges just for him to be killed in the interrogation room by ex-cop Jack Travis. Travis is running illegal guns. Riggs and Murtaugh team up with IA officer Cole to track down and stop Travis while Murtaugh also faces trouble at home as the illegal guns impact on his family.

This third in the series is a lot more polished and refined than the first two - there's a lot of money riding on this now! The story is quite good but it's not rocket science. It's really all an excuse to have a series of set pieces - from a building being destroyed to a desert showdown. The romance between Riggs and Cole take away from Riggs' madman style character and makes the film a lot softer. It also makes the action scenes a lot less believable as he seems to revert to action hero on cue. However it does allow some humour. The involvement of Pesci is funny but at times it's a little stretched.

Gibson and Murtaugh are good, mainly because they're just having fun now in well worn characters - like old shoes! Pesci is not quite as annoying as he was in LW2 but is still a bit of a spare wheel. Russo is good as the love interest and handles herself well.

Overall it's good fun but it lacks the dark, rough tone that made LW such a hit in the first place.

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