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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin Riggs
... Roger Murtaugh
... Leo Getz
... Lorna Cole
... Detective Lee Butters
... Wah Sing Ku
... Captain Ed Murphy
... Benny 'Uncle Benny' Chan
... Trish Murtaugh
... Rianne Murtaugh Butters
... Hong, Chinese Refugee
... State Department Man
Calvin Jung ... Detective Ng
... Nick Murtaugh
... Carrie Murtaugh
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Storyline

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, after escaping death from the previous movies are put on a hit list by The Triads. When blood thirsty mercenaries are on their tail they team up again with Leo Getz and Lorna Cole, a newcomer (Chris Rock) to finally put an end to the Triads for good. Written by Brian H <hershey@visuallink.com>

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Next summer is lethal. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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10 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lethal 4  »

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Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,048,124, 12 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$130,444,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$285,444,603
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

On the Beretta 92fs, a button on the right side of the frame must be pushed in to un-block the lever on the left side, which is rotated down ninety degrees, in order to release the slide so the weapon can be 'stripped' and cleaned. It is possible to grab the gun, push the tab down, and pull the slide off to disarm the weapon. When Wah Sing Ku pulls the slide off of Riggs' Beretta 92fs, the button has already been pushed down and the lever partly rotated. See more »

Goofs

After Riggs and Murtaugh have stopped "the human torch" and are walking off in the rain, Murtaugh is wearing only his boxers, due to the rain, it can be seen through his boxers that he's wearing black briefs underneath to avoid accidental nudity from being seen. See more »

Quotes

Lee Butters: You have the right to remain silent, so shut the fuck up, okay? You have the right to an attorney. If you can't afford an attorney, we'll provide you with the dumbest fucking lawyer on earth. If you get Johnny Cochrane, I'll kill ya!
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Crazy Credits

A picture accompanies almost every crew and cast member in a large photo album. It includes pictures from all 4 Lethal Weapon movies with outtakes and posed pictures. It closes on a large group shot of the crew, with a back cover with a red "4" on it. See more »

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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Fire in the Hole
Written by Van Halen
Produced by Mike Post and Edward Van Halen (as Eddie Van Halen)
Performed by Van Halen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One Of the Rare Franchises That Never Gets Too Overbearing and Dull...
4 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Lethal Weapon 4 starts out with a boring and ridiculous beginning. I remember watching it the first time and thinking, "oh no, another bad sequel."

However, once past the first ten minutes, the film starts to pick up its pace and retreat into familiar Lethal Weapon style.

Just like film 2 and 3, Lethal Weapon 4 isn't as good as the original, but it never gets to the point of unbearable. It is quite entertaining and fun to watch, with some very great actors, that have some very great chemistry between each other.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover fit like a glove, and Joe Pesci is perfect as the comedy relief, not being like the recent "side kicks" we always see, that are so obnoxious we want to punch them. Mr. Pesci is a very talented actor, and he always makes me laugh, whether it's Lethal Weapon 4 or Raging Bull and Casino.

Rene Russo provides Mel's love interest yet again, and though I found the marriage thing a bit of a throw-in, it was still good for the story. It provided some laughs at the end of the film.

Chris Rock stars in one role where his character is not completely annoying or loudmouthed, mainly because he wasn't extremely famous yet, and had only been on SNL and a few small roles in film... Joes Pesci and him throw back and forth a few insults and jokes, and bounce off each other, which helps me welcom Rock a bit more.

Jet Li's first American film, I believe, proves he can be a quite and intriguing character, which later helped him get roles in films like Kiss of the Dragon and The One.

Another thing about this franchise is that director Richard Donner directed all four films, and it's always good to use the original director for a sequel, rather than a lesser director, as we have countless examples of. (especially horror films!)

From the opening jazz music we have come to love, Lethal Weapon provides enough entertainment and fun to keep one entertained, and it's definitely worth watching. I hope they stop while they're ahead, and do not make another Lethal Weapon film, because it's rare for a film series to still be entertaining and imaginative after these many sequels. 3/5 stars-


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