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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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Storyline

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the film's spectacular climax, the filmmakers found an abandoned housing tract just outside of Lancaster, California. A victim of the Savings and Loan crisis, the property had been untouched for over two years. Twelve out of the fifty-six houses in the tract became a dramatic inferno for the scene. To meet E.P.A. standards, each house had to be stripped of all insulation, paper, wiring, plumbing, and anything plastic. In addition to administering a heavy dose of flame retardant to each house, propane gas lines were used in each of the twelve houses. This allowed the creation of a fire that would not burn wood, and one that could be lit, and re-lit, as needed for each take. Oddly enough, the fire sequences proved to be a welcome heat source during the night shooting, as it took place in January, where the desert temperatures dipped down to as low as eleven degrees Fahrenheit. See more »

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When Riggs is hanging from the drivers side of the armored car the other armored car slams into the drivers side of the armored car with Riggs hanging from the roof. The two armored cars are seen driving side by side with the front fenders even. This means Riggs would have been smashed between the two, but the next scene shows him with no injuries, and still hanging from the roof. See more »

Quotes

Tyrone: You sunk your money into this, all the way out here in the middle of the fucking desert?
Jack Travis: That's right. You know why this is such a gold mine?
Tyrone: Do tell me.
Jack Travis: Because nobody wants to live next to somebody like you, Tyrone. You're a menace to society.
Tyrone: Jack, I came out here to do business, not be insulted by you.
Jack Travis: Relax, Tyrone. Like houses, friendships need strong foundations.
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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 »

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Runaway Train
Written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Olle Romo
Performed by Elton John and Eric Clapton
Elton John appears courtesy of MCA Records and PhonoGram Ltd.
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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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