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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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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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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$140,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$129,734,803 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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Jeffrey Boam, who worked on uncredited re-writes for Lethal Weapon (1987) where he added some more humor into the script after Richard Donner thought the original script was too dark, did a complete re-write of the script for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) after the original draft by Shane Black and Warren Murphy was rejected for being too dark and bloody and because Riggs died at the end, and wrote the script for Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), wrote a completely original script for fourth Lethal Weapon movie which everyone at Warner Bros. had liked, but was not used.

Boam's unused script was built around Riggs and Murtaugh dealing with racist white trash right wing neo-nazi survivalists militia group who were committing a terrorist attack in L.A. This script was written sometime in January of 1995 and according to Boam it dealt with entire real life neo-nazi activity in US that was only superficially dealt with in only one movie before, Dead Bang (1989). Interviewed after the release of Lethal Weapon 4, he remarked that he thought the counterfeiting of Chinese money was hardly a matter to create the suspense appropriate to a Lethal Weapon film and also said how his script 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. It was also going to be more serious sequel, much like the first film was, and was going to be darker and edgier. See more »

Goofs

In the railroad collision scene where Riggs and Lorna were coming to a halt, right before they do so, the car they were driving, a blue 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX, is shown with a digital instrumentation cluster. In the climax were they were rear-ended, the next scene shows Riggs shifts the car into reverse. The car is shown to have an analog cluster. See more »

Quotes

Lee Butters: [chasing a chinese suspect] Stop in Chinese, motherfucker!
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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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25 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are some movies where you get sick and tired of sequels, but the Lethal Weapon series isn't one of them, all are full of action and humor, with Chris Rock and Joe Pesci. Lethal Weapon 4 has some awesome sequences of action and lots of explosions, guns, blood, fighting, and everything you would expect out of a action flick. I seen a lot of action movies this ranks up there with the best I have seen, well worth your money.


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