6.7/10
143,801
140 user 76 critic

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Trailer
2:27 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), Jeffrey Boam (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
4,471 ( 41)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey
Ransom (1996)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo
Maverick (1994)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner
Payback I (1999)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a successful heist, Porter is shot by his wife and his best friend. They leave him there to die but when he recovers, he seeks revenge and wants his share of the money.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.

Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence
Forever Young (1992)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston
Mad Max (1979)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs
Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci ... Leo Getz
Rene Russo ... Lorna Cole
Stuart Wilson ... Jack Travis
Steve Kahan ... Captain Murphy
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh
Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... Carrie Murtaugh
Gregory Millar Gregory Millar ... Tyrone
Nick Chinlund ... Hatchett
Jason Rainwater Jason Rainwater ... Young Cop (as Jason Meshover-Iorg)
Alan Scarfe ... Herman Walters
Delores Hall Delores Hall ... Delores
Edit

Storyline

Martin Riggs finally meets his match in the form of Lorna Cole, a beautiful but tough policewoman. Together with Roger Murtaugh, his partner, the three attempt to expose a crooked former policeman and his huge arms racket. The crooked cop (Jack Travis) thwarts them at every turn, mainly by killing anyone who is about to talk, but Murtaugh has personal problems of his own as his family are brought into the equation. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The magic is back again!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arma mortal 3 See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,243,086, 17 May 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$144,731,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After the building explosion, when they are busted down to patrolman, Riggs and Murtaugh argue over which wire Riggs cut, having forgotten which wire he cut. During the incident, Riggs swapped which wire he was going to cut, first saying blue, then switching in the middle to red. In the pan-and-scan version, it is unclear which wire he cut. However, in the widescreen version, it is clear that Riggs cut the red wire. See more »

Goofs

Steadicam and operator visible when Riggs' motorcycle falls from the highway. See more »

Quotes

[Riggs has just accidentally blown up a building in an attempt to disable a car bomb]
Martin Riggs: Oops.
Roger Murtaugh: [sarcastic] Right, oops.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits thank the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, where the last bomb explosion was filmed and the hotel Soreno destroyed, but they misspell the name of the city 'St. Petersberg'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The USA Director's Cut (Unrated) has about 3-4 minutes of never-before-seen extra footage including the following scenes: Trish forces Roger to wear body armor; Rianne visits Riggs, who's watching the Stooges with Sam and the Rottweiler, at his trailer, to which McGee the carpenter added the sundeck seen in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) ; Riggs, Murtaugh, and Lorna threaten to run over Tyrone's head with a car if he didn't give up Travis. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Charmed: The Fourth Sister (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Probably Me
Music by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton
Lyrics by Sting
Produced by Michael Kamen and Stephen McLaughlin
Performed by Sting with Eric Clapton
Sting appears courtesy of A&M Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Great fun...
7 October 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

The signs of aging could shine through in "Lethal Weapon 3," but they don't. Because - magically - the series doesn't seem to be aging too much. Why? Because the series is always changing. It is smart, in that it realizes it cannot continue with the cop-buddy action-comedy formula per se, so it almost becomes more of a strict comedy with some big stunt pieces and looney fights. Sure, there's plenty of action, but it's not as fierce of bruising or just downright vicious as in the first two films. When there are fight scenes they seem a bit more corny than before. This is a more lighthearted entry into the series, and though you could say without seeing the film that soft is not what "Lethal Weapon" is about, just remember how tiring it would have been seeing a repeat of the second and first film.

Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are back. The film opens with an explosive prelude that has become the symbol of the "Lethal Weapon" movies (later films such as "Bad Boys" - another cop-buddy film - tried to use the same technique but, in my opinion, sort of failed).

After the opening sequence, in which they try to diffuse a bomb in a parking garage but end up tripping the detonator instead, the two men are demoted from Sergeants to regular cops - they walk the streets in boredom giving out tickets to J-walkers and trying to find a way to have some fun.

Murtaugh is bent on retiring - again - in a week. Riggs, now his best-buddy, tries to ignore the fact as best he can by cracking jokes about girdles. (Don't ask.) While walking the streets they come upon an armored van robbery (what are the chances?) and stop the crooks through a windy car chase along a highway, with a reference to "The Road Warrior" along the way. (And if you don't understand that joke, you don't belong on this site.)

Plot revelation upon plot revelation finally builds up into the fact that new weapons are filling the streets - "cop killers" - that can go right through a bulletproof vest and out the other side. Brought in to investigate into these matters is Lorna Cole (Rene Russo), a woman after Riggs' own heart. She kicks butt, pays no attention to rules, and is a smart...bottom.

Also returning is Joe Pesci to the role of Leo Getz. His head full of bleached hair and sporting a nice car, the retired thief is now in real estate, trying to sell Murtaugh's home to interested folk. One of the best scenes is when Getz is taking a couple through Murtaugh's home and mentions all the different accidents they've had over the year, including the car smashing through the wall and "accidental bomb damage" upstairs. He later says it's illegal to withhold information. And this is coming from the guy who, in "Lethal 2," admitted to laundering drug money.

"Lethal Weapon 3" is full of fun, good intentions, and more fun. For fans of the first two films this is a great relief - it's not nearly as bad as you're expecting it to be. However, there are more than a handful of flaws here. The plot is not nearly as realistic nor intriguing as the first two, the action is a bit too dumbed down at times, and overall the film seems more like a big-budget extravaganza as compared to the smartness of the first two. Still, you really can't go wrong with "Lethal Weapon 3," because if you enjoyed the first two, you're going to eat this up.

4/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer


11 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 140 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed