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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In Shane Black's first draft of the script from 1985, Riggs and Murtaugh were much darker characters, with very grim backstories. They both had flashbacks of their time in Vietnam, with Murtaugh, at one point, remembering how he accidentally killed a young soldier with his bare hands during intense military training even before he went to war, and Riggs remembering how great a killing machine he was, and how many people he killed working as an assassin for the C.I.A., which is why U.S. and V.C. soldiers considered him a legend. The script also had more of a backstory for Joshua, who, just like Riggs, was also working as a C.I.A. assassin in Vietnam, and he also got a legendary status, due to all the things he did in the war, which explains how they knew of each other's names and reputations in the film. See more »
The poolside gunman is wearing sunglasses up until the point where Riggs shoots him and he falls into the pool. They are suddenly gone when he is in the pool, and are never seen anywhere nearby. 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've seen Lethal Weapon over 100 times and it just keeps getting better! Mel Gibson plays a crazed cop who teams up with a family cop (Danny Glover). At first, they can't stand each other, but as the movie rolls along, they end up with this type of bond. I'm sure that most people or everyone has seen this wonderful movie. It has plenty of action and violence. I love the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. And who could forget, Gary Busey, Mr. Joshua, a VERY fitting role for the wonderful actor. He couldn't have been replaced for that role. No one could have done a better job than Busey. Go Gary! I love the end! One of the best fitting scenes in film history. I also admire Gibson and Busey doing their own stunts, and studying martial arts, just to make 4 nights of filming a cult fighting scene for this excellent movie. This one is definitely a winner! If you haven't seen this superb film, then I STRONGLY recommend that you do! Great film!
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