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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 ... Detective Ng
Damon Hines 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

In the final 'battle' Murtaugh states he has only four bullets left yet he fires five more. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: What's goin' on Rog, why you lyin' to me? Where's the money coming from? IA says you're on the take.
Roger Murtaugh: You ever hear of Ebony Clarke?
Martin Riggs: Yeah, she writes those cheesy sex novels... why? You boinkin' her?
Roger Murtaugh: No I'm not boinkin' her, Trish is Ebony Clarke.
Martin Riggs: You *are* boinkin' her.
Roger Murtaugh: [big grin] Yeah, Yeah I'm boinkin' her.
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Crazy Credits

When the Warner Bros. Logo gets finished, the shield explodes, segueing into the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German theatrical version has been slightly cut to secure a "Not under 16" rating. That version was also used for the retail VHS and DVD releases (the video sleeve carries the note "Original Cinema version"). At the time, the uncut version was released only to video rental stores, carrying a "Not under 18" rating. Only in 2001, the uncut version was released to buy. See more »

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Soundtracks

Pilgrim
Written and Produced by Eric Clapton and Simon Climie
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Lethal Weapon
30 July 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

The magic is lost in this fourth and what is assumed from the end credits, final venture for director Donner and stars Gibson and Glover in a series that began back in 1987. This film carries over all the elements of action and comedy that have made this series so successful and entertaining. However, it's forced too much here with the addition of Rock, who does his unusual brand of comedy, although I read somewhere that if you do comedy, you're supposed to be funny! I may be wrong!


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