Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) Poster


The City Council of Orlando, Florida, was only too happy to let the production blow up their old ugly City Hall, with Producer Joel Silver paying 165 thousand dollars for the privilege. The domed building behind it, with the Coca-Cola sign mounted on it (stage dressing; it was removed afterward), is Orlando's new City Hall, which had just opened. In the widescreen shot, as Riggs and Murtaugh enter the building, on the right side, the SunTrust (then SunBank) Center, to this day Orlando's tallest building, is plainly shown. Another shot shows the distinctive cylindrical Orlando Utilities Commission building.
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During the scene where Riggs and Lorna are comparing scars, many of Riggs' were given to him during the events of Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), specifically the gun shots in his lung and the knife wound in the back of his leg.
Following the film's massive box-office success, Warner Brothers planned to give Mel Gibson, Producer Joel Silver, and Director Richard Donner brand-new black Range Rovers, as thank-you presents. However, Warner Brothers Chairmen Bob Daly and Terry Semel only told Donner that they were invited to a celebratory lunch (the Range Rovers were going to be a surprise gift) and Donner wanted to invite Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, and Screenwriter Jeffrey Boam to join them. So the studio simply raced around Los Angeles, and kept buying one new Range Rover for each new lunch guest, and presented them to the entire happily stunned group when the meal was over.
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.
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.
Bill Frederick, the Mayor of Orlando, Florida, was the policeman who said "Bravo" to Murtaugh and Riggs, after the explosion of the building in the opening scene, which was the old Orlando City Hall.
Carrie Fisher was an uncredited script doctor on the film.
Richard Donner is an animal-rights and pro-choice activist, and placed many posters and stickers for these causes in the film. Of note are the t-shirt worn by one of Murtaugh's daughters (the actress' idea), an eighteen-wheeler with an anti-fur slogan on the side, and a sticker on a locker in the police station. See also trivia for Conspiracy Theory (1997).
When Riggs and Murtaugh are reinstated, Lorna makes the same face to Riggs (crossing only one eye) that Riggs made to Dr. Stephanie Woods during the bathroom bomb scene in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).
This is the only movie in the franchise, in which there is no mention of Riggs' late wife.
A scene which was cut from the Theatrical cut of this movie, but restored in the Director's cut was a scene that took place between the scene where Riggs and Lorna compare scars and wounds, and the scene where Riggs finds Murtaugh out on his boat. It shows Riggs at his beachside trailer (which appears to be undergoing some kind of renovation) on his couch watching a Three Stooges movie, with both Sam, and the dog from the warehouse. The contractor McGee (who worked on Murtaugh's hobby room in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)) also appears in the scene as the contractor performing the renovations to Riggs' trailer. Later in the scene, Rianne drives over to the trailer and tells Riggs of her concerns about Roger not coming home the previous night.
For promotion of the film, theater lobbies featured a 3-D cut out of the movie poster of Riggs and Murtaugh posing with their guns, and Leo Getz peeking from the background. On the display, there was a motor which helped Leo's head bob up and down from behind them.
This is the only Lethal Weapon film that does not feature the villains threatening Murtaugh's family or coming into their house.
During the armored-car chase, Delores, the excitable driver of the armored car chasing after Riggs (Mel Gibson), refers to herself as a "Road Warrior." The Road Warrior character (a.k.a. 'Mad' Max from Mad Max (1979) and The Road Warrior (1981) as well as follow-ups) is the role that made Gibson famous to North American audiences.
Leo Getz was originally not in the script, and all of his scenes were written in afterwards. In the original script, Leo had left Los Angeles for New York City.
Jeffrey Boam also did some uncredited re-writing on the script for the first film, Richard Donner thought that parts of Shane Black's original script were too dark, he also completely re-wrote Black's and Warren Murphy's original script for the second film, when it was rejected for being too dark and bloody, and because Riggs died in the end, and he also wrote an unused draft for the fourth film, which had Riggs and Murtaugh dealing with neo-Nazi survivalists, who were launching a terrorist attack in Los Angeles. The script was written sometime in January of 1995, and according to Boam, it dealt with real-life neo-nazi activity in the U.S., that was only superficially dealt with in only one movie before, Dead Bang (1989). Despite the fact that everybody liked it, Boam's script was rejected, and Boam later said in interviews how it was much better from the final movie, which suffered some problems with constant re-writes, and actually didn't have a completed script during filming.
Robert De Niro was considered to play Jack Travis.
After receiving the unusual writing credits (Story by Jeffrey Boam, Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam and Jeffrey Boam & Robert Mark Kamen), the advertising department assumed it was a misprint, and produced posters with the credits "Story by Jeffrey Boam, Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam and Robert Mark Kamen". After a few of the posters had been sent out, the WGA contacted the department, telling them that the initial credits were the correct ones, and ordering the posters to be recalled and destroyed. A few still remain in circulation, however.
The only film in the Lethal Weapon franchise where the Murtaugh house is not damaged in any way, shape, or form.
The housing construction site was not a set built for the film, but an actual real estate project in Lancaster, California. The developers went broke before the houses could be completed. The production company could film there only after agreeing to tear the site down completely after the shoot.
After the building explosion, when they are busted down to patrolman, Riggs and Murtaugh argue over which wire Riggs cut, having forgotten which wire he cut. During the incident, Riggs swapped which wire he was going to cut, first saying blue, then switching in the middle to red. In the pan-and-scan version, it is unclear which wire he cut. However, in the widescreen version, it is clear that Riggs cut the red wire.
The computer game seen on Lorna Cole's (Rene Russo) computer is called "The Three Stooges" by Activision and Cinemaware. Martin Riggs is an avid fan of The Three Stooges.
Marble slabs that were once part of the old City Hall, destroyed for the film, are now used as tabletops at a local outdoor café in Orlando, Florida.
When the building blows up at the start of the film, the roaring sound is the same roar used in King Kong (1976) for the giant ape.
The family looking at the Murtaugh's house are seen driving away in a GMC Typhoon. The Typhoon used (painted Aspen Blue with a gray cloth interior) was a 1991 model, which was one of four that exist in the world, produced as prototypes prior to its official production run for the 1992 model year. It is rumored to be stored in a private vehicle collection, with roughly five hundred miles on the odometer, in Lansing, Michigan.
Murtaugh and Riggs drive past a cinema advertising Radio Flyer (1992), also directed by Richard Donner.
The only film in the franchise in which Captain Murphy (Steve Kahan) has any screentime with the villains.
Each Lethal Weapon film features a goon with glasses. Here, it is the bearded henchman played by Paul Tuerpe.
The garage location "Buds", is the "Ultramart" in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). The scene where Lorna Cole, states her monitor is her best weapon, prompts Sergeant Riggs to suggest it's use, in exactly the same way during the finale of the same movie.
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Riggs manages to tame a Rottweiler. This is not the first time Richard Donner has used them in his films. The Omen (1976) had several, but they were decidedly untamable.
Murtaugh's boat is called "Code 7", which is the L.A.P.D code for a lunch break.
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Riggs (Mel Gibson) eats some dog biscuits, in order to stop smoking. In The Road Warrior (1981), Mel's character eats a can of dog food, in order to survive.
Nick Chinlund and Pete Antico, who play the respective characters of Hatchett and Hubert Bartholomew Smith, later appeared in Con Air (1997). They also both guest starred in the final season of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), marking just two of numerous appearances by Lethal Weapon veterans on that show.
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The lines between Riggs and Lorna about "semantics" and "some antics" were originally filmed inside Lorna's car.
Winona Ryder was the first choice for the role of Lorna, but Joel Silver felt that Ryder was too young for the role. But against Silver's wishes, Richard Donner offered her the part anyway. She turned it down, due to her being busy shooting Dracula (1992), and because she had no interest in doing action movies. Joan Cusack, Laura Dern, Geena Davis, and Kirstie Alley were also considered for the role.
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Stuart Wilson, who plays the lead villain in this film, and Nick Chinlund, who plays a henchman of the lead villain, 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).
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The hockey game took place at the old Forum, in Inglewood, California, home of the Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. For many of the far away scenes and action scenes, two NHL teams were used, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, for the scenes that actually took place on the ice, if you look closely, the Maple Leafs' jerseys have a white spade with a blue T in the middle, and the Kings' emblem is slightly altered, with an LA in the middle.
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The only Lethal Weapon sequel where Joe Pesci dyes his hair. His hair color is platinum blond.
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During the opening scene implosion, you can see a news van with the number 9 on it. Even though the movie is set in Los Angeles, this is a news truck for WFTV Channel 9 Orlando, where the implosion was filmed.
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The only Lethal Weapon film which Riggs or any character rides a motorcycle.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This is the only movie in the franchise, in which Riggs and Murtaugh manage to make an arrest, not counting the suspects Riggs arrests in the first film before they became partners. Unfortunately, the suspect they arrested, Billy, is still killed before he can make it to trial.
Body count: seventeen.
After the end credits, you never see Mel Gibson nor Danny Glover, but they are talking in a car that pulls up to a pink building, when it suddenly blows up.
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When Riggs and Murtaugh run out of the exploding building, the demolition crew are already visible when the implosion of the building takes place, if you notice when the scene cuts after the dust cloud dissipates, they are already on-site dampening down.
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