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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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If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance. See more »

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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

An alternate opening and ending were both filmed (and are available on the Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) DVD). The alternate opening featured Martin Riggs drinking alone in a bar, where he is accosted by a couple of thugs who want his money. Riggs claims all of his is in the bank, and tells the thugs "not to fuck with him." The thugs attack him, but Riggs easily subdues them. He is then allowed to take a free bottle of booze from the bar, in exchange for never returning. Richard Donner felt the movie should open with a brighter look at Riggs, and filmed the scene with Riggs awakening in his trailer to replace it. The alternate ending featured Riggs and Murtaugh saying goodbye to one another. Murtaugh tells Riggs he's thinking of retiring, but Riggs tells him not to. See more »

Goofs

During the Christmas tree/drugs deal fight scene, camera shadows are visible during close-ups. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: [holding his wife's wedding photograph, crying, after deciding not to kill himself] See you later, babe.
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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 Adventures in Babysitting (1987) 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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The Best Cop Film Of The 1980's
23 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

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).

Great movie!


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