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
In the beginning chase scene, Riggs reads the license plate 24AdamHenry174, the "Adam Henry" part was an inside joke, being that it's a police movie. In police lingo, Adam Henry (AH) is an abbreviation for asshole. See more »
After the bomb goes off in Murtaugh's bathroom, the toilet , which is where the bomb was, can be seen hitting his car outside. A bomb blast would have shattered the toilet, since it is made of porcelain. See more »
[after Riggs threatened Rudd in his office]
Arjen "Aryan" Rudd:
Just get out of here, Kaffir-lover!
[pointing his gun at each of Rudd's henchman]
Eeny... Meeny... Meinie...
[points at Vorstedt for a long moment]
[a la Curly from the Three Stooges]
[Riggs shoots the fish tank, causing water and fishes to spill everywhere]
Big Smile! Big Smile! BIG SMILE!
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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 »
When I saw the first Lethal Weapon movie (admittedly I was underaged at the time) I thought a better flick could never be dreamed of. I was wrong, its all here the chemistry between Glover & Gibson is better than ever, the action is faster and to my lasting surprise the comedy has been much improved.
The inclusion of Joe Peschi as the whinny Leo Getz was a master stroke and finally completed the picture.
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