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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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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 ...
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Danny Wynands has a role in all the Lethal Weapon films besides the first one. See more »


When Riggs, Murtaugh, and Butter are parked parallel to Leo, Butter is heard saying "License, Registration" softly in the background from an earlier cut before he redelivers the lines more loudly a moment later. See more »


[Butters is pointing a gun at Leo's head after being mistaken for a perp]
Butters: License. Registration. Urine Sample.
Leo: Hey, hey, hey, German Jews didn't have it any easier when we were kids, so don't think you're the only one, okay? Okay? Besides, I was just kiddin' with ya. I can smell a cop a mile away.
Butters: Oh, I smell bad, what'chu trying to say?
Leo: Well, stop turning everything around. You're so damned touchy. Hey, we might even work together, me and those two work together, I'm the bomb, they'll tell ya, ...
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Crazy Credits

A picture accompanies almost every crew and cast member in a large photo album. It includes pictures from all 4 Lethal Weapon movies with outtakes and posed pictures. It closes on a large group shot of the crew, with a back cover with a red "4" on it. See more »


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Written and Produced by Eric Clapton and Simon Climie
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Solid Sequel
17 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK... so the language is gratuitous. Just having Chris Rock on set put it over the top. But his acting aside, I thought this was a worthy addition to one of the best cop/buddy series around. It was enjoyable to see the characters we love deal with the inevitabilities of aging and the fierce loyalty of friendship. Some of the mystery is gone and it feels like a pair of comfortable shoes. But aren't those shoes your favorite ones? It was interesting to see the development of Lorna and Riggs' relationship, as well as the growing up of the Murtaugh kids. It makes you feel like you're catching up with old friends at a reunion! Plenty of action and the incredible work of Jet Li make this movie a favorite at my house. Overall, a great wrap-up to the series and a lot of fun for long time fans. Worth seeing! If the language is a real issue, watch for it on TNT and enjoy the edited version.

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