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Lethal Weapon

R Released Mar 6, 1987 1h 49m Action Mystery & Thriller List
80% Tomatometer 55 Reviews 86% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings
Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he is reassigned and partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), Riggs immediately clashes with the older officer. Together they uncover a massive drug-trafficking ring. As they encounter increasingly dangerous situations, Riggs and Murtaugh begin to form a bond. Riggs' volatile behavior might just help them apprehend the criminals -- if it doesn't kill them both first. Read More Read Less
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The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s.

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Bob Thomas Associated Press Richard Donner directed with an expert eye for action but impaired vision for logic. Jul 25, 2019 Full Review Duane Byrge Hollywood Reporter Unfortunately, while Black's assembled all the parts, he's not locked in the conflict early enough, and the good scenes simply aren't enough good to make up for the plot's too-late lock. Mar 6, 2017 Full Review Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune [Gibson and Glover] make a great team, and some of their early adventures are exciting. But the film runs out of gas as it turns into an extended chase sequence. Rated: 3/4 Dec 13, 2014 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins An enduring buddy film, brilliantly combining drama, comedy, adventure, bloodshed, machine gun showdowns in the middle of busy highways, and excessive property destruction. Rated: 8/10 Sep 6, 2020 Full Review Rachel Wagner rachelsreviews.net My problem with Lethal Weapon is I did not love the script or the action Rated: 4/10 May 25, 2020 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...it's not difficult to see why Riggs and Murtaugh became downright iconic figures after the release of this picture... Rated: 3/4 Dec 24, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Farah R Lethal Weapon remains an iconic classic in 80s action movies thanks to Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's chemistry and hilarious banter. Be sure to stay focused on the stunts and humor to overlook the idiosyncracies of the plot. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/19/24 Full Review Ari V No masterpiece, but likeable throughout. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/17/24 Full Review Liam W Still holds up as one of the classic 80s action movies. Fast paced with great performances and cinematography. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/11/24 Full Review Shukri R noah:says that was awesome! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/02/24 Full Review Yuval D I was expecting a fun silly action comedy. It was so much better Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/21/24 Full Review Audience Member One of the oldest buddy cops flicks directed by the late Richard Donner The mixture of Christmas and action movie kinda along the lines of 'Die Hard' and 'Long Kiss Goodnight' Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Tom Atkins, Gary Busey, Joe Pesci, Renee Russo Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh Riggs' wife ends up dead and he goes into a downward spiral When he's assigned to Murtaugh as partner naturally they both clash A drug trafficking ring is then uncovered so they realize they have to work together so bring down the traffickers All of this ties back to Murtaugh finding a dead hooker that jumped off a roof and is the daughter of one of his Vietnam war buddies Pretty good buddy cop flick by the late Donner full of classic lines and cliches Mel Gibson and Danny Glover make a good pair with their brash attitudes and polar opposite approaches to being cops The scene in the desert with the car and the helicopter is directed nicely it's hard to fathom it was done for real Would've appreciated more shootouts in the first and second half but the climax is a lot of fun with the high speed chases on freeways and fisticuffs This did redefine action movies in the 80s and 90s after all spawning 4 sequels As far as buddy cop movies go this is one of the best Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/07/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he is reassigned and partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), Riggs immediately clashes with the older officer. Together they uncover a massive drug-trafficking ring. As they encounter increasingly dangerous situations, Riggs and Murtaugh begin to form a bond. Riggs' volatile behavior might just help them apprehend the criminals -- if it doesn't kill them both first.
Director
Richard Donner
Producer
Joel Silver, Richard Donner
Screenwriter
Shane Black
Distributor
Warner Home Vídeo, Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Brothers, Silver Pictures
Rating
R
Genre
Action, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 6, 1987, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 15, 2008
Box Office (Gross USA)
$61.0M
Runtime
1h 49m
Sound Mix
Surround
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