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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 deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

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Rianne Murtaugh Butters
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Hong, Chinese Refugee
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Carrie Murtaugh
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Storyline

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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10 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,048,124, 12 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$130,444,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$285,444,603
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Four actors and four actresses have played the same characters in all four Lethal Weapon films. Aside from Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as Riggs and Murtaugh, respectively, Darlene Love plays Murtaugh's wife, Traci Wolfe, Damon Hines, and Ebonie Smith are Murtaugh's kids, Steve Kahan is Captain Murphy, and Mary Ellen Trainor plays Dr. Woods, the police psychiatrist. In a way, Riggs' dog, Sam is the ninth regular character. He appears in Lethal Weapon 1, 2 and 4, and a deleted scene featuring him was reinstated for the Director's Cut of Lethal Weapon 3 (1992). Of those 9 characters, Captain Murphy was the only one never to appear at the Murtaugh residence at any point during the 4 films. Sam the Dog appeared at the Murtaugh residence at the end of the first film, and Dr. Stephanie Woods appeared at the Murtaugh residence during the toilet bomb scene in the second film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene when Riggs first tells Roger to take his clothes off, Roger is clearly seen with his hands on his jacket taking it off. Then it the next scene his hands are down and the jacket is back on his shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: So this must have been what Uncle Benny meant by Four Fathers. Looks like Japan's version of the Marx brothers. Let's see we got Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and uh, Fucko.
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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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Why Can't We Be Friends
Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown, Morris D. Dickerson,
(as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller),
, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott) and Jerry Goldstein
Performed by War
Courtesy of Avenue Records/Far Out Productions, Inc.
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Best Of LW Sequels & A Good DVD 'Demo'
17 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I read somewhere when the DVD of this film came out that it would be a good "demo" model for dealers trying to sell DVD players and surround-sound equipment. Well, they were right; it's awesome, or at least it was back in '99 when the disc came out, back when not everyone had a DVD player. It's still top-of-line for picture and sound. When bullets are flying around, you hear them from all five speakers. It here it almost seven years later and we still find many films without this kind of excellent surround- speaker participation.

The Lethal Weapon series, this being the fourth and last of them, was popular because of the combination of action, comedy, suspense, romance and drama. For me, they wore thin because the characters were too loud - always shouting at each other, too profane, too smug, too much Liberal-agenda and there was too much action. Things needed to slow down here and there, and give the viewer a break now and then.

This sequel is no exception, although it was a little tamer than the first three Lethal Weapons, that is until going berserk again in the final few scenes, one of which - the hospital scene - was totally unnecessary. To be honest, some of the action scenes in this movie were amazing even if they had no credibility. You just have to suspend belief and enjoy some of the outrageous scenes in here.

As usual, there are the left-wing agenda plugs, unwarranted cheap shots at the NRA, it's okay-to-have-a-baby-out-of-wedlock, etc. etc. Although the couple does finally get married, a rabbi performs an irreverent quickie ceremony, another slam on the seriousness of marriage.

With all that goes on in this film, as in the three previous LWs, you are worn out by the end. If you are a fan of this serious, this last sequel should please. I thought it was the best of them.


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