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.
Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to take down some drug dealers but the they turn out to be not run of the mill drug dealers; they have automatic weapons and helicopters. Eventually they grab one of their vehicles and find a million dollars worth of gold coins or Krugerrands in the trunk. Later Murtaugh is threatened by the men they're pursuing. That's when the Captain reassigns them to protect a man named Leo Getz who is suppose to testify in a big case. When they get to where Leo is, someone tries to kill him and that's when they learn he laundered half a billion dollars worth of drug money. He then takes them to a place he once went to and that's when the people there start shooting at them. Later when they come back with back up they learn that the men work for the South African consulate and have diplomatic immunity. They deduce that they are the ones they were looking for, but because of they have diplomatic immunity they can't do anything.Written by
An alternate ending to the movie featured a Thanksgiving dinner at the Murtaugh house, which is attended by both Riggs and Rika Van Dan Haas. Richard Donner later decided that Rika should be killed, to further fuel Riggs' hatred of the South African diplomats. With Rika dead, this entire ending had to be scrapped. This ending was filmed prior to filming some of the other scenes from the film, including most of the second half, where Riggs and Murtaugh go into a final showdown with the South Africans. Another reason why this ending was not used, is because filmmakers weren't sure about whether Riggs should live or die at the end of the film. See more »
When Murtaugh and Riggs are looking at the money in the cargo container the money is on wooden pallets,the pallets are turned sideways, the "forks" of a forklift would not be able to lift and/or stack them in the way they are and in the confines of a container. See more »
[Riggs sitting by the shore with his dog, Sam]
Hey, did anyone ever tell you if you sit on the rocks too long, you get piles? Come on, lets get out of here.
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To receive a 15 certificate, the UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC. These cuts included:
Reduced violence in the scene where Murtaugh kills two thugs with a nail gun (a shot showing blood on a thug's head was shortened and another showing nails embedded in the other thug's chest was optically darkened).
Most of the sex scene between Riggs and his girlfriend was cut.
Riggs' vengeful killing of the villains who killed his girlfriend on the pier was entirely cut.
Riggs' repeated shooting of a villain during the final shootout was reduced.
Kicks to Riggs' face by villain in climax were reduced.
Later video and DVD releases had some cuts waived but were raised to an 18, whilst retaining the edits of the pier killing and repeated shooting of a villain by Riggs. The cuts were fully waived in 2010 and the certificate downgraded to a 15. The uncut version is only available on Blu-Ray, while the DVD still has an 18 certificate but is missing the killing of the two thugs on the pier and of the guards on the container. See more »
Riggs and Murtaugh now face a bunch of south African criminals hiding behind their diplomatic immunity. The duo have to fight for their right to fight back, as the criminals declare war on the cops, and arouse the lethal weapon in Riggs.
The introdction of Joe Pesci's character is a little annoying at first but it soon grows on you and he adds a focus for the comedy element.
Richard Donner again directs the cop duo and again we have a movie well worth watching.
Plenty of action, a few more laughs and a lethal weapon that is still just as sharp, all combine to deliver another great outing for Riggs and Murtaugh.
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