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.
When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.
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
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Once Jeffrey Boam was hired to re-write some of Shane Black's script and make it lighter, Richard Donner also wanted to change some scenes in the film which were already shot, because he thought they were too dark, so he had Boam write two new introduction scenes for Riggs, which were gonna replace the scene where Riggs beats up two punks who try to rob him in the bar, and a scene where he kills a crazy sniper, who is shooting at the kids on the playground. The first new scene that Boam wrote, was a different introduction for Riggs, where he is walking along the beach, and finds the dog being tormented by drunks. Riggs pretends he can communicate with the dog and tells the bullies what the dog is thinking, asking Riggs to beat them up, and he does, and the dog follows Riggs home. But it was decided not to re-shoot this new introduction scene. The second new scene which was filmed, was the Christmas tree lot shoot-out scene, which replaced the sniper scene. When Warner Brothers put together an unofficial Director's Cut of Lethal Weapon for DVD release, they decided to put the sniper scene back in. Even Richard Donner and Shane Black said in interviews, how that was not the true Director's Cut, and how it makes no sense that now Riggs had three different introduction scenes. See more »
After Riggs flies through the store window after being shot by Mr. Joshua, Murtaugh helps him to walk back to the car. It's obvious that they're parked in front of a knitting store with a big front window and a small awning over the doorway that says "knitting-needlepoint." A few seconds later they jump in the car to leave and they're suddenly parked in front of a Jaguar dealership. See more »
There is a dedication to Dar Robinson, a stuntman who died in a motorbike accident as Lethal Weapon was in Post-Production. See more »
The British TV version cut out most of the electric shower torture scene whereas the USA TV version left in the torture but cut out the "should marijuana be legalized" argument between Murtaugh and his daughter. See more »
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).
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