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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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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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R | See all certifications »

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Murtaugh wasn't written with any ethnicity in mind. Danny Glover was suggested by Marion Dougherty after seeing him in The Color Purple (1985). 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

Roger Murtaugh: Hey, Riggs, you really like my wife's cookin'?
Martin Riggs: [after an especially long pause] Nope, I'll see you tomorrow.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Policenauts (1994) See more »

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I'll Be Home For Christmas
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Written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, and Buck Ram
Performed by Elvis Presley
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The best action/buddy film
11 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

LETHAL WEAPON (1987) ***1/2 Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe. One of the best action/comedy/buddy films of all time with Gibson as suicidal loose cannon maverick cop Martin Riggs mismatched with partner Roger Murtaugh (Glover in one great comic role), who is constantly reminded of his age and the danger he's constantly in: solving a drug-linked homicide of Murtaugh's friend's daughter. Busey is memorable as an albino mercenary, Mr. Joshua, unsusceptible to pain. Some great stunts and lots of thrills thanks to helmsman Richard Donner (who also directed the sequels).


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