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Lethal Weapon (1987)

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Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writer:

Shane Black
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs
Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh
Gary Busey ... Joshua
Mitchell Ryan ... The General
Tom Atkins ... Michael Hunsaker
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh
Jackie Swanson ... Amanda Hunsaker
Damon Hines Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... Carrie Murtaugh
Bill Kalmenson ... Beat Cop
Lycia Naff ... Dixie
Patrick Cameron Patrick Cameron ... Cop #1
Don Gordon ... Cop #2
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Drug Dealer #1
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Storyline

Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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After 20 years on the force, police detective Roger Murtaugh has come face-to-face with the most dangerous killing machine in Los Angeles... his new partner. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

According to a June 2007 Vanity Fair article, Bruce Willis was considered for the role of Riggs, but turned it down. He got the lead role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988) after Mel Gibson turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When Riggs visits his wife's grave, it is heavily raining, yet in a close-up view, no water is dripping off his chin like it was seconds before nor is there any rain fall. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: [after a kid identifies the tattoo on Riggs' arm as being on the man who rigged Dixie's house to explode] Roger, that's a Special Forces tattoo.
Roger Murtaugh: No kidding.
Martin Riggs: Yeah.
Roger Murtaugh: Special forces tattoo, mercury switches, what the hell have we gotten into?
Martin Riggs: Yep. I wonder if there're any openings at the L.A. Fire Department.
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Crazy Credits

There is a dedication to Dar Robinson, a stuntman who died in a motorbike accident as Lethal Weapon was in Post-Production. See more »

Alternate Versions

All versions of "Lethal Weapon" released in Germany before the Director's Cut had a rating FSK 16, and were all slightly cut. The Director's Cut of LW 1 released in 1998 is uncut, but also got an FSK 16 rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shanghai Noon (2000) See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber and lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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The Best Cop Film Of The 1980's
23 May 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

I have watched Lethal Weapon dozens of times and it still entertains me like it originally did in 1987.

A good cop movie has to have the following ingredients; chemistry between it's stars, plenty of action, plenty of humour, action, car chases and a damn good villain.

American cops seemed to be stereotyped in movies. They always seem to be crazy and without any respect for their superiors. I hope they're not like that in real life but it's perfect for a movie.

It's great seeing Riggs and Murtaugh become good buddies by the end of the movie. I like cop films like that.

The really great thing about Lethal Weapon is the action. Riggs is crazy in this film-I wouldn't want to meet a cop like him. Riggs and Murtaugh are opposites but they say opposites attract. Riggs is mad and Murtaugh is sane. Together they spell bad news for the bad guys.

I would also like to give credit to Gary Busey who never disappoints when it comes to playing a villain (or indeed any other part).

Great movie!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,829,949, 8 March 1987

Gross USA:

$65,207,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,207,127
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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