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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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

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 »

Goofs

During the final chase scene between Riggs and Joshua, Riggs is carrying an HK MP5 submachine gun while Joshua has a CAR-15/M-4 type rifle. In this scene, both weapons have the same firing sound effect, which is not the case in real life as the CAR-15/M-4 has a lower cyclic rate and fires a different round. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: Do you really wanna jump? Do you wanna? Well then thats fine with me. Come on, lets do it asshole. Let's do it. I wanna do it. I wanna do 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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Deck The Halls
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Written by Thomas Oliphant
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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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