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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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Richard Donner

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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
Chris Rock ... Detective Lee Butters
Jet Li ... Wah Sing Ku
Steve Kahan ... Captain Ed Murphy
Kim Chan ... Benny 'Uncle Benny' Chan
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh Butters
Eddy Ko ... Hong, Chinese Refugee
Jack Kehler ... State Department Man
Calvin Jung Calvin Jung ... Detective Ng
Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... 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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lethal 4 See more »

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Box Office

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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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Tuerpe appears in all four Lethal Weapon movies, but always in slightly different roles. He played 'Mercenary' in the first, 'Hitman' in the second, 'Henchman #3' in the third, and 'Helicoptor Co-pilot' in the fourth. See more »

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After Riggs jumps from the table into the car on the freeway, it falls away and gets run over. Yet for a second in the next scene it is clearly still attached to the back of the truck. See more »

Quotes

[Interrogating Uncle Benny in a dentist's office full of nitrous oxide]
Uncle Benny: I'm sleeping with my wife's two sisters.
Roger Murtaugh: You lucky sonofabitch.
Martin Riggs: Good for you, Uncle Benny.
Uncle Benny: Not so good when my wife finds out.
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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

Various scenes involving Mandarin spoken dialogue were redubbed for the video release of Lethal Weapon 4. These include:
  • Scene in which the shipping boat at the beginning catches fire and the captain screams out commands to the rest of his crew
  • General's words with Jet Li during their first encounter. He says the same words, only the way he says them differ from the theatrical release (different tone, etc.)
  • Money exchange scene: the General asks his man who is inspecting the money "how is it?", to which his associate replies, "no problem". In the theatrical release, he says: "very good".
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Why Can't We Be Friends
Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown, Morris D. Dickerson,
(as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller),
, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott) and Jerry Goldstein
Performed by War
Courtesy of Avenue Records/Far Out Productions, Inc.
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They never get too old for this ****!
5 June 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is about as entertaining as a movie can get!

You can tell by watching this movie that cast and crew worked together as one big family. A lot of cast and crew members of the first three Lethal Weapon movies returned in this movie. That is the biggest power of the movie.

The story itself actually is quite weak, messy and not always easy to follow. This is due that the story was still being written during production and all the scene's had to be shot in chronically order in order to finish the movie in time. But this seriously is one of those movies were the story is of no importance at all. The true power of the movie is in the characters and their relations. There are some incredible fun sidetracks in the story and some amusing dialog.

Additions to the cast for this movie are Chris Rock as an highly enjoyable police officer and new partner for future Lethal Weapon movies (?) and Jet Li in his first American movie, as the new main villain. Both were really good and enjoyable in their role. I dislike both actors right now actually but at the time of "Lethal Weapon 4" they were still two unknown actors therefor there is no reason to dislike them in this movie for me. Another fun role is played by Kim Chan, who's character involves at least one hilarious scene.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are still amazingly good and fun together, after already three Lethal Weapon movies and are truly a golden screen duo. Other welcome returning actors are Rene Russo and Joe Pesci. It's funny, I normally don't like Rene Russo in movies but this is one of the few I can stand her in. Joe Pesci is fun as ever as hyperactive Leo Getz.

The movie also features some top-class action sequences and fights, making this movie not just one of the most entertaining but also best action movie's of the last couple of years. The movie's opening is just great! Maybe even better than the well known opening for "Lethal Weapon 3".

Seriously one of the most entertaining movies of the last couple of years.

9/10

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