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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.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

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
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Storyline

In the combustible action franchise's final installment, maverick detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh square off against Asian mobster Wah Sing Ku, who's up to his neck in slave trading and counterfeit currency. With help from gumshoe Leo Getz and smart-aleck rookie cop Lee Butters, Riggs and Murtaugh aim to take down Ku and his gang. Written by yusufpiskin

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The faces you love. The action you expect See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The final film in which Michael Kamen composed the music for Joel Silver. The other films he'd worked on with Silver were, Lethal Weapon (1987), Die Hard (1988), Road House (1989), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Die Hard 2 (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), The Last Boy Scout (1991) (a film which Kamen and Silver themselves hated), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Assassins (1995), Fair Game (1995) (in which his music was rejected in both cases), and finally this film. Kamen would pass away from Multiple Sclerosis in 2003. See more »

Goofs

When Riggs and Murtaugh enter the Murtaugh house they find the girls hostage. After the men drop their weapons, Riggs and Murtaugh tell the women to leave. They leave. After the brawl when they set the house on fire, the women are back in the house. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: You sure picked a strange angel, baby. But I got the message.
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Crazy Credits

A picture accompanies almost every crew and cast member in a large photo album. It includes pictures from all 4 Lethal Weapon movies with outtakes and posed pictures. It closes on a large group shot of the crew, with a back cover with a red "4" on it. See more »

Alternate Versions

The televised network version only has a static black background during the credits, without the original photo album. The censored network version revises Riggs's naming of the four fathers ("Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and uh, Fucko"), by changing "Fucko" to "Typo". See more »

Connections

Referenced in New Girl: Bad in Bed (2011) See more »

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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 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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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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