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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.


Richard Donner


Shane Black (characters), Jonathan Lemkin (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs
Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci ... Leo Getz
Rene Russo ... Lorna Cole
Chris Rock ... Lee Butters
Jet Li ... Wah Sing Ku
Steve Kahan ... Captain Murphy
Kim Chan ... Uncle Benny
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne
Eddy Ko ... Hong
Jack Kehler ... State Department Official
Calvin Jung Calvin Jung ... Detective Ng
Damon Hines Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... Carrie Murtaugh


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Next summer is lethal. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Many gun owners and NRA members were displeased with the overt anti-gun messaging in this movie, and actively boycotted it. Clear examples of this are the protagonist calling the active shooter an "NRA spokesman" within the first few minutes of the film, as well as the two prominent Anti-NRA and pro "assault weapons" ban posters in the police department's lobby. Richard Donner, the director, made clear in a Variety interview that the messaging was intentional, claiming "I do it in almost every picture of mine". Many accounts also claim that Danny Glover was complicit in requesting the message be pushed. See more »


During the freeway chase, Murtaugh is besides the truck driver showing his badge, clearly ahead of the black Mercedes. Yet, when the Mercedes gets hit, Murtaugh's vehicle is coming in from behind. See more »


Leo Getz: Gee Roger you sure have been grumpy since ya found out you're gonna be a Grandpa!
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Crazy Credits

The previous Lethal Weapon movies, Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), and Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), are featured in the end credits as film stills. See more »

Alternate Versions

Special edition on DVD includes deleted footage from all four "Lethal Weapon" films. See more »


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Fire in the Hole
Written by Edward Van Halen (as Van Halen), Michael Anthony (as Van Halen), Gary Cherone (as Van Halen) and Alex Van Halen (as 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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User Reviews

Still strong
15 December 2019 | by nicholls905-280-546911See all my reviews

The series has obviously struggled with the last 2 films, but as a long running franchise, it continues to deliver. The characters are the key here and save a one dimensional storyline. Glover and Gibson are having fun, and further additions continue to balloon the series. The villains don't have that same interesting storyline like the first 3 films and it stops this film from becoming anything like the best films of the series. Rumours of a 5th film has been in the wind recently, and a passing of the baton wouldn't be a bad thing.

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English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lethal 4 See more »


Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,048,124, 12 July 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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