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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  10 July 1998 (USA)
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With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Kahan ...
Eddy Ko ...
Hong, Chinese Refugee
State Department Man
Calvin Jung ...
Ebonie Smith ...


Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, after escaping death from the previous movies are put on a hit list by The Triads. When blood thirsty mercenaries are on their tail they team up again with Leo Getz and Lorna Cole, a newcomer (Chris Rock) to finally put an end to the Triads for good. Written by Brian H <hershey@visuallink.com>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lethal 4  »

Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,048,124 (USA) (10 July 1998)


$129,734,803 (USA) (30 October 1998)

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Did You Know?


Only film in the 'Lethal Weapon' series in which Riggs does not drive a GMC Sierra with dual rear wheels. In this film, Riggs drives a GMC Sierra with single rear wheels. It is also the only film in the series in which Riggs drives a GMC truck with 4-wheel drive (the trucks in the first 3 films were only 2-wheel drive). See more »


When Riggs drives up to his trailer home for the first time, the chrome plated front fender of his pick-up clearly reflects the feet of the steady-cam operator walking along the front of the car, plus a small tripod possibly used for a reflector. See more »


Leo Getz: Hey Riggs, who's the perp? What did ya bust him for?
Lee Butters: Oh, I'm a perp? You see a young brother in the back of a police car, automatically I'm a perp. Look at my suit, look at my tie. What do I look like, the fuckin' Crip's accountant? Look at this badge, bitch. Check out the gun.
Leo Getz: Whoa, hey hey hey, put the gun down, put the gun down.
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Crazy Credits

The previous Lethal Weapon movies, Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), and Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), are featured in the end credits as film stills. See more »


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Written and Performed by John Fogerty
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By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An excellent movie
9 August 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Who said all movie series become worse with every installment? Lethal Weapon 4 is probably the best fourth movie in a series ever. I find it incredible that the magic is still there. The main characters still feed of each other and their friendship (both on set and off set) is clearly felt in every scene they have together. Mel Gibson has finally laid the ghost of his wife to rest and is as chipper as ever. He does this without seeming truly obnoxious (even though that is a part of his character). In fact he seems more likable in this film than he did in all the previous films. Danny Glover reprises his role from the previous movies and that is not a bad thing because the Murtaugh role is the best of his career. Rene Ruso returns in her part and although it has been cut down considerably its still a decent role. Joe Pesci is also back and this time around he gets to add some depth to the character (something that was missing in the previous film). Chris Rock is decent. He isn't much of an actor but he is pretty funny and fresh. His part also adds a little something to the all-round comedy of the film, but if you want to know what it is you will have to watch the movie yourself. Jet Li is the villain in this movie and while he is the weakest villain in the series acting wise, he is definitely the most menacing.

The action is still brilliant despite the fact that the actors are getting older. The story is decent for a fourth film and the overall execution is brilliant. I actually prefer this film to the second and third of the series because I find it to be more entertaining overall. It cuts down on the seriousness (even though its still there) and adds a lot to the comedy and this is a very good choice.

All in all an excellent film. Highly recommendable for all fans of action movies and the series in particular.


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