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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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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 <>

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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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Jeffrey Boam's script was built around neo-Nazi activity in the US. Interviewed after its release, he remarked that he thought the counterfeiting of Chinese money was hardly a matter to create the suspense appropriate to a Lethal film. See more »


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 »


Martin Riggs: It's like...
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Martin Riggs: Yeah.
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Roger Murtaugh: Yeah, you're only. You can't beat the clock, Riggs.
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One Of the Rare Franchises That Never Gets Too Overbearing and Dull...
4 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Lethal Weapon 4 starts out with a boring and ridiculous beginning. I remember watching it the first time and thinking, "oh no, another bad sequel."

However, once past the first ten minutes, the film starts to pick up its pace and retreat into familiar Lethal Weapon style.

Just like film 2 and 3, Lethal Weapon 4 isn't as good as the original, but it never gets to the point of unbearable. It is quite entertaining and fun to watch, with some very great actors, that have some very great chemistry between each other.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover fit like a glove, and Joe Pesci is perfect as the comedy relief, not being like the recent "side kicks" we always see, that are so obnoxious we want to punch them. Mr. Pesci is a very talented actor, and he always makes me laugh, whether it's Lethal Weapon 4 or Raging Bull and Casino.

Rene Russo provides Mel's love interest yet again, and though I found the marriage thing a bit of a throw-in, it was still good for the story. It provided some laughs at the end of the film.

Chris Rock stars in one role where his character is not completely annoying or loudmouthed, mainly because he wasn't extremely famous yet, and had only been on SNL and a few small roles in film... Joes Pesci and him throw back and forth a few insults and jokes, and bounce off each other, which helps me welcom Rock a bit more.

Jet Li's first American film, I believe, proves he can be a quite and intriguing character, which later helped him get roles in films like Kiss of the Dragon and The One.

Another thing about this franchise is that director Richard Donner directed all four films, and it's always good to use the original director for a sequel, rather than a lesser director, as we have countless examples of. (especially horror films!)

From the opening jazz music we have come to love, Lethal Weapon provides enough entertainment and fun to keep one entertained, and it's definitely worth watching. I hope they stop while they're ahead, and do not make another Lethal Weapon film, because it's rare for a film series to still be entertaining and imaginative after these many sequels. 3/5 stars-

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