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
Throughout several points in the movie, Riggs willfully mispronounces Arjen Rudd's name as "Aryan", willfully calls Pieter Vorstedt "Adolf", and refers to Rudd, Vorstedt, and their associates as the "Master Race". These are all references to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, before and during World War II. "Aryan Race" or "Master Race" was a Nazi ideological form, which became a concept for white supremacism. The South African practice of Apartheid at the time, was also another ideological form of white supremacy, which is likely why Riggs made these comparisons. Plus, the fact that Vorstedt looked like Adolf Hitler, helped make the nickname stick. In addition, when Rika (Patsy Kensit) hands the overnight faxes to her boss, Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland), there is a stylized eagle on the wall behind him, reminiscent of the Reichsadler (the eagle clutching a swastika in its claws), a symbol of Nazi Germany, which was in turn based on the Aquila, the Roman eagle holding the SPQR symbol. See more »
Throughout the movie various police cars are shown lacking a partition between the front and rear seats. See more »
[after falling into a hotel swimming pool]
Where were you man? You my partner or what? Why didn't you follow me down?
Yeah, why didn't you follow him down?
Shut up! From seven floors up?
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The newly released Director's Cut has over 3 minutes of extra footage - Riggs gets attention from some women at a hotel spa; the exploding toilet sequence is lengthened and Murtaugh sees it hit his car; Murtaugh gets information about bodywork on his car from a auto repairman; Leo recalls a suspects address in a very unusual, humorous way. See more »
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return to kick heads and shoot bad guys for the second time, as Riggs and Murtaugh, the "Oscar and Felix" of law enforcement in "Lethal Weapon 2." This time
around, the boys are forced to become the 3 Stooges when they are assigned to guard a feisty, foul-mouthed federal witness named Leo Getz (the frantic Joe Pesci) from a group of sadistic Afrikaner thugs (led by the usually dark-natured character actor Joss Acklund). At the same time, Riggs meets a new love named
Rika (the hot Patsy Kensit), who happens to be a pawn in the
villain's dangerous games.
The action is faster and more furious in this sequel to the
slam-bang original. Even the banter gets a boost, thanks to the
added comedic riff by Pesci. Watch for his slightly annoying,
yet hilarious speech on a Subway tunafish sandwich!
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