Lethal Weapon

1987  110 MN

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Richard Donner

Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.

 Release Date

March 6, 1987


1h50m (110 min)


$ 15,000,000


$ 120,207,127

 Top Billed Cast

 Mel Gibson
 Sergeant Martin Riggs
 Danny Glover
 Sergeant Roger Murtaugh
 Gary Busey
 Mr. Joshua
 Tom Atkins
 Michael Hunsaker
 Darlene Love
 Trish Murtaugh
 Traci Wolfe
 Rianne Murtaugh

 Written by

Shane Black Screenplay


If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance.



Mel Gibson
  Sergeant Martin Riggs
Danny Glover
  Sergeant Roger Murtaugh
Gary Busey
  Mr. Joshua
Tom Atkins
  Michael Hunsaker
Darlene Love
  Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe
  Rianne Murtaugh
Damon Hines
  Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith
  Carrie Murtaugh
Lycia Naff
Ed O'Ross
Don Gordon
  Cop #2
Mary Ellen Trainor
Steve Kahan
  Captain Ed Murphy
Al Leong
Mitchell Ryan
  General Peter McAllister
Jack Thibeau
  Sergeant McCaskey
Jackie Swanson
  Amanda Hunsaker
Gilles Kohler
Patrick Cameron
  Cop #1
Grand L. Bush
Gustav Vintas
Sven-Ole Thorsen
  Mercenary (as Sven Thorsen)
Joan Severance
  Girl in Black Playsuit (uncredited)


Joel Silver
Shane Black
Stuart Baird
Eric Clapton
  Original Music Composer
Marion Dougherty
Stephen Goldblatt
  Director of Photography
Richard Donner
Richard Donner
Marvin March
  Set Decoration
J. Michael Riva
  Production Design
Michael Kamen
  Original Music Composer
Mary Malin
  Costume Design
Jennie Lew Tugend


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John Chard

We got the edge Cochise.

Close to retirement, Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh is a bit disturbed to find he's breaking in a new partner. Even more so when it turns out to be fellow Detective Martin Riggs, who since the death of his wife has scant regard for life, his own or those around him.

Light on plot and character development, Lethal Weapon none the less shines bright as a beacon of how a buddy buddy action film should be done. Roughly an hour and forty five minutes of quips, action, villainy, heroics and cross generational/cultural divides. All what else is needed is a star duo with buoyant chemistry - thankfully Richard Donner's movie has it by the clip load.

Mel Gibson is Riggs, a trigger happy suspected loony on the ragged edge, wonderfully playing off of Danny Glover's (superb) "too old for this nonsense" sage old copper. Riggs is a hard dude who quickly became a cinematic hero to many, an unstoppable force with a quip on the tongue and a glint in his eye, to which Gibson is terrific and perfectly cast.

Gary Busey's "psycho's are us" henchman flits in and out the picture with gleeful nastiness and Shane Black's script crackles as the super stunt work starts to take a hold. Chief villain Mitchell Ryan as The General is almost a bystander though, and there's the odd piece of careless editing, but really Lethal Weapon has a winning formula that the box office punters promptly lapped up.

Three sequels, all of which are of differing quality, would follow it, but this is a template movie for the genre and worthy of nostalgic revisits any time of day. 8/10


One of the best action movies of all-time in my book, and right there with Die Hard, Lethal Weapon still holds up so well thanks to the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Even with the over-the-top staged fight scene at the end, this is just an all around entertaining flick.

(Reason I decided to watch it again today was saw it was on A&E and rather than watch a crappy edited version, why not watch the real deal in 1080p HD?)


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