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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:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey Boam, who worked on uncredited re-writes for Lethal Weapon (1987) where he added some more humor into the script, after Richard Donner thought the original script was too dark, did a complete re-write of the script for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), after the original draft by Shane Black and Warren Murphy was rejected for being too dark and bloody, and because Riggs died at the end, and wrote the script for Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), wrote a completely original script for a fourth Lethal Weapon movie, which everyone at Warner Brothers had liked, but was not used.

Boam's unused script was built around Riggs and Murtaugh dealing with neo-Nazi survivalists, who were launching a terrorist attack in Los Angeles. This script was written sometime in January of 1995, and according to Boam, it dealt with real-life neo-Nazi activity in the U.S., that was only superficially dealt with in only one movie before, Dead Bang (1989). It was also going to be more serious sequel, much like the first film, and was going to be darker and edgier.

Interviewed after the release of this movie, he remarked that he thought the counterfeiting of Chinese money was hardly a matter to create the suspense appropriate to a Lethal Weapon film, and also said how his script was much better from the final movie, which suffered some problems with constant re-writes, and actually didn't have a completed script during filming. See more »

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In the highway chase scene, Murtaugh is attempting to pull the truck driver over and the driver grabs his radio for help. The driver would not have had to worry about getting help if he would have had an escort or pilot car due to hauling an oversized load. In the United States, the owner of an Oversize Load often must hire a Pilot Car (flag or escort car) before the Load can be moved on a public roadway . See more »

Quotes

Lee Butters: [chasing a chinese suspect] Stop in Chinese, motherfucker!
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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

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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Lethal Weapon 4 - Great ending to a great series
23 April 2006 | by bujinbudokaSee all my reviews

This movie is the end of a series which spanned almost two decades.

This time around Riggs (Gibson) is facing three very personal problems. 1) Age is catching up to him, 2) his g/f is pregnant and he's facing being a daddy, and 3) he's facing the dilemma of wanting to remarry. Also, Murtaugh (Glover) is about to be a grand-daddy to a baby by his oldest daughter, and she is secretly married to Detective Butters (Chris Rock), which everyone is keeping a secret from him.

Add to this the fact that both they are now taking on one of the most powerful crime syndicates in the world, the Chinese Triads, in an effort to stop slave trading and money laundering. The task of a bad guy this time goes to Jet Li, who made his American debut (atleast from an American Film Company) in this movie. Yes, this is the movie which launched him here in the states, and he deserved it.

This movie is as good as the rest of them, though nothing beats part 2 in my opinion. Lethal Weapon 4 really hits home on a lot of subjects, such as facing responsibility, to coming to terms with who you are. And it ended the series in a way that makes you smile and love it even more.

I give it a 9 out of 10.


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