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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

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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 »
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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 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
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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>

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Taglines:

The magic is back again!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

For the film's spectacular climax, the filmmakers found an abandoned housing tract just outside of Lancaster, California. A victim of the Savings and Loan crisis, the property had been untouched for over two years. Twelve out of the fifty-six houses in the tract became a dramatic inferno for the scene. To meet E.P.A. standards, each house had to be stripped of all insulation, paper, wiring, plumbing, and anything plastic. In addition to administering a heavy dose of flame retardant to each house, propane gas lines were used in each of the twelve houses. This allowed the creation of a fire that would not burn wood, and one that could be lit, and re-lit, as needed for each take. Oddly enough, the fire sequences proved to be a welcome heat source during the night shooting, as it took place in January, where the desert temperatures dipped down to as low as eleven degrees Fahrenheit. See more »

Goofs

The scene after Travis shoots Leo on the ice, and Riggs chases after him, when Riggs loses Travis in the maintenance corridor and starts kicking and cursing for losing him. Look closely, you can see the set painting drawn to look like the corridor continues much further out (look at the ceiling, you can clearly see the end of the set painting). See more »

Quotes

Lorna Cole: Police, freeze!
Hatchett: Oh Christ, another one? We need a new fucking dog.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits you can hear that another bomb has been discovered. When Martin and Roger show up in their car, they have this discussion again whether or not to go in. Just as they stop at the building, the whole building explodes and you can hear Martin saying, while backing up the car, "I hope nobody saw us". 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 Saturday Night Live: Anthony Edwards/Foo Fighters (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Three Stooges Theme
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
Arranged by Lyle 'Spud' Murphy (as Spud Murphy)
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Dumb fun – polished and family friendly fun
25 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Riggs and Murtaugh arrest a man on gun charges just for him to be killed in the interrogation room by ex-cop Jack Travis. Travis is running illegal guns. Riggs and Murtaugh team up with IA officer Cole to track down and stop Travis while Murtaugh also faces trouble at home as the illegal guns impact on his family.

This third in the series is a lot more polished and refined than the first two - there's a lot of money riding on this now! The story is quite good but it's not rocket science. It's really all an excuse to have a series of set pieces - from a building being destroyed to a desert showdown. The romance between Riggs and Cole take away from Riggs' madman style character and makes the film a lot softer. It also makes the action scenes a lot less believable as he seems to revert to action hero on cue. However it does allow some humour. The involvement of Pesci is funny but at times it's a little stretched.

Gibson and Murtaugh are good, mainly because they're just having fun now in well worn characters - like old shoes! Pesci is not quite as annoying as he was in LW2 but is still a bit of a spare wheel. Russo is good as the love interest and handles herself well.

Overall it's good fun but it lacks the dark, rough tone that made LW such a hit in the first place.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lethal Weapon 3 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,243,086, 17 May 1992

Gross USA:

$144,731,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$321,731,527
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)| Dolby SR | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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