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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin Riggs
... Roger Murtaugh
... Joshua
... The General
... Michael Hunsaker
... Trish Murtaugh
... Rianne Murtaugh
... Amanda Hunsaker
... Nick Murtaugh
... Carrie Murtaugh
... Beat Cop
... Dixie
Patrick Cameron ... Cop #1
... Cop #2
... 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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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Arma mortal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,829,949, 8 March 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,207,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,207,127
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1.85 : 1
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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

Both Riggs and Mr Joshua are supposed to be weapons experts, and yet, in the final chase sequence, they both fire automatic weapons from the hip. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Joshua: [Riggs is tied up and struggling] Why don't you save your strength? You're gonna need it.
Martin Riggs: Who's the chin?
Mr. Joshua: Endo, meet Mr. Martin Riggs. Endo here has forgotten more about dispensing pain than you and I will ever know.
Martin Riggs: Terrific.
Mr. Joshua: See, Martin, we have a problem. Since we have Murtaugh, we don't really need you. But I believe in being thorough.
Martin Riggs: Yeah, I've heard that about you.
Mr. Joshua: Yeah. Well, our problem, and yours too, is we have a shipment of merchandise to deliver.
Martin Riggs: Why don't you guys just call it ...
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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 »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber and lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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One of the best action films of all
23 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon is a film bombarded by action, plot and clever characters. In a sense, this is a little like Raiders of the Lost Ark with a load of action, with a plot and characters to match. Here, we meet 2 actors who, while are celebrities now, we're sort of celebrities back in the day. These 2 guys are Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a loose cannon (Martin Riggs) and a aging family man (Roger Murtaugh) who team up to stop a gang of drug dealers. Plot might not be the best, because we focus on Riggs and Murtaugh so much, we dont care about much else. Lots and lots of fun here. A+


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