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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  15 May 1992 (USA)
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Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue an arms dealer who is a former LAPD officer.



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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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Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arma mortal 3  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$144,731,527 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stuart Wilson, who plays the lead villain in this film (Jack Travis), and Nick Chinlund, who plays a henchman of the lead villain (Hatchett), have both appeared in Nicolas Cage movies produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and have both appeared in Zorro movies. Wilson appeared in an uncredited role in "The Rock" (1996) and Chinlund appeared in "Con Air" (1997). Wilson appeared in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998) and Chinlund appeared in "The Legend of Zorro" (2005). See more »


Near the end of the armored truck chase, Riggs stops the armored truck suddenly while in heavy traffic, sending a villain through the front window. But when Riggs gets out of the truck a second later, there is virtually no traffic on the road. See more »


Jack Travis: You know what a future a cop has, Murph? None. You punch a clock for 30 years, retirement, pension... nothin' to do. Drunk at noon, bullet in the brain by evening. Well, not for this kid! The police department's got it all: guns, ammo, drugs, cash... it's a one-stop shopping center. If you've got the balls and the brains, there's not a fucking thing anyone can do about it!
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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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User Reviews

Definitely worth watching if you liked the first two
21 February 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'Lethal Weapon 3' has the best opening sequence of all 'Lethal Weapon'-movies, although the opening of the fourth installment comes close. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) try to disable a bomb and what happens in the end can probably only happen in a movie like this. It is hilarious and spectacular anyway.

The movie starts eight days before Murtaugh's retirement. He and Riggs must find an ex-cop named Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson). He steals weapons and ammunition from the police. At first they thought it was an inside job so Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) from Internal Affairs is put on the case. She is the perfect match for Riggs, beautiful but tough. We also meet Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) again. He kind of helps them with this case and again he is very good for the comedy.

This is a fine installment although things get more and more familiar. Still, as long as it is spectacular and funny that doesn't really matter. The fun Gibson, Glover and director Richard Donner must have making this movie is clearly visible on the screen.

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