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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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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

Gross USA:

$130,444,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$285,444,603
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2.39 : 1
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Riggs' trailer is in the same place that Jim Rockford's trailer was during the majority of The Rockford Files (1974)'s run. See more »

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The 500 RMB note does not exist, and the 100 RMB note looks nothing like the one being counterfeited. The counterfeit RMB notes were also too colorful, looking more like Hong Kong dollars. See more »

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Lorna Cole: What happened last night?
Martin Riggs: Oh, gunfight, explosions, sharks, you know, the usual.
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The Australian theatrical and rental VHS releases were cut to obtain a more commercially viable M rating. The uncut MA rated version was released on sell-through VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. See more »

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Better then Lethal Weapon 3 but not as good as Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2
10 September 2010 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

After a six year hiatus the Lethal Weapon returned with a fourth film, the last of the series: though there are rumours of a fifth film. With a budget of $100 Million Lethal Weapon 4 was considered the weakest in box-office return and critical reaction: but in my opinion I consider it better then Lethal Weapon 3.

With both Sergeants Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are getting older and whilst still causing damage in Los Angles there can do less physical fests. Both men's families are expanding, Rigg's partner Lorna (Rene Russo) and Muztagh's daughter Rianne (Traci Wolfe) are pregnant and both are them are promoted to captain. At the same time they investigate people smuggling by the Triads led by Benny Chan (Kim Chan) and Triad enforcer Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li). With the aid of young police sergeant Lee Butters (Chris Rock) and private investigator Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) the two set out to bring down the Triads who are putting people into slavery.

Like the first three films there is strong chemistry between Gibson and Glover, with good comic timing, particularly in the beginning when a nutcase in homemade armour, a flamethrower and a machine gun is causing a lot of damage. But the two are getting older and it was clear that a stunt double was being used more often and there were jokes about their ages. It was also good that Gibson cut the Three Stooges stick and his character was more serious and down to Earth With the rest of the cast there Chris Rock was decent, offering his motormouth style of comedy and he is a much better then many American comedians like Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence and Dane Cook. He is better stand up but he is a decent actor and he is also good as playing a straight, serious character as well. Jet Li was excellent as the villain, both as a material artist and as a sinister threat, the real mastermind of the plot. Pesci's character also improves from the annoying being he was in Lethal Weapon 3, but his character still doesn't add anything to the film.

Richard Donner keeps the stunt work of the first three films and there are some excellent sequences, especially involving Jet Li's fighting ability. There are good gun battles and a excellent car chase on the freeway which was done with traditional action techniques. The scene involving the nutcase was also fun. But some of the action became more over the top, with bad guys missing with great skill with AK-47s whilst the good guys can shoot really well in the dark and at distance with pistols. Other examples are when Riggs uses the laser sight of his gun to bounce a bullet into the back of a Chinese guard, considering that's not however a laser sight works and Riggs and Murtaugh drive through a building without killing anyone and then jumping back onto the freeway. Another examples are when Riggs shots the back of a nutcase in his flamethrowers fuel supply and he ends up flying into a fuel tanker and a oil drum flying into the air into Murtaugh's boat. But Donner is a good action director and when it's done right it was great to watch.

There is a good use of a Chinese score in the film, adding to the atmosphere. Donner does have good pace in the film and the script does have some fine ideas, like counterfeiting Chinese currency and human trafficking. But some elements are just fillers like the car chase when in the end the officers question Uncle Benny for information. Like the first film the henchman takes over the organisation. Also the ending is cringe worthy with Lorna giving birth, with an unfunny scene where Lorna and Riggs getting married by a Rabbi (it more funny that we all know Gibson is a raving anti-Semite) and a sentimental ending about family which only Americans can do in a vomit inducing way.

The film is worth watching simply because of Jet Li.


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