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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.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writer:

Shane Black
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs
Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh
Gary Busey ... Joshua
Mitchell Ryan ... The General
Tom Atkins ... Michael Hunsaker
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh
Jackie Swanson ... Amanda Hunsaker
Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... Carrie Murtaugh
Bill Kalmenson ... Beat Cop
Lycia Naff ... Dixie
Patrick Cameron Patrick Cameron ... Cop #1
Don Gordon ... Cop #2
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... 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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arma mortal See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ron Perlman was considered for the roles of Martin Riggs and Mr. Joshua. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Joshua: Good afternoon Mr. Mendez.
Mendez: Yeah, how you doing?
Mr. Joshua: Did you pat him down Mr. Larch?
Mendez: Aw hey man, we went through this act already...
Mr. Joshua: [Cutting off Mendez] Go through it again!
Mendez: Who are you?
Mr. Joshua: That's hardly important but if it matters you may call me Mr. Joshua.
[Turns and motions to follow him]
Mr. Joshua: Let's go.
Mendez: Oh, great, swell, Mr. Joshua, huh?
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One of the best action films of all
23 September 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon is a film bombarded by action, plot and clever characters. In a sense, this is a little like Raiders of the Lost Ark with a load of action, with a plot and characters to match. Here, we meet 2 actors who, while are celebrities now, we're sort of celebrities back in the day. These 2 guys are Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a loose cannon (Martin Riggs) and a aging family man (Roger Murtaugh) who team up to stop a gang of drug dealers. Plot might not be the best, because we focus on Riggs and Murtaugh so much, we dont care about much else. Lots and lots of fun here. A+


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