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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), Shane Black (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs
Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci ... Leo Getz
Joss Ackland ... Arjen Rudd
Derrick O'Connor ... Pieter Vorstedt
Patsy Kensit ... Rika Van Den Haas
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh
Steve Kahan ... Captain Murphy
Mark Rolston ... Hans
Jenette Goldstein ... Meagan Shapiro
Dean Norris ... Tim Cavanaugh
Juney Smith ... Tom Wyler
Nestor Serrano ... Eddie Estaban
Philip Suriano Philip Suriano ... Joseph Ragucci
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Storyline

Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to take down some drug dealers but the they turn out to be not run of the mill drug dealers; they have automatic weapons and helicopters. Eventually they grab one of their vehicles and find a million dollars worth of gold coins or Krugerrands in the trunk. Later Murtaugh is threatened by the men they're pursuing. That's when the Captain reassigns them to protect a man named Leo Getz who is suppose to testify in a big case. When they get to where Leo is, someone tries to kill him and that's when they learn he laundered half a billion dollars worth of drug money. He then takes them to a place he once went to and that's when the people there start shooting at them. Later when they come back with back up they learn that the men work for the South African consulate and have diplomatic immunity. They deduce that they are the ones they were looking for, but because of they have diplomatic immunity they can't do anything. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Je conduis. Non, je conduis. [canada] See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

7 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Play Dirty See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,388,800, 9 July 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$147,253,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,853,986
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Riggs is seen in his trailer watching The Three Stooges. Mel Gibson is a huge fan of The Three Stooges, because of their slapstick humor. See more »

Goofs

When the coins spill out of the flipped over car's truck, the coins are clearly blank with no image pressed into them. See more »

Quotes

[Riggs is about to drive up onto the center divider of an overpass in Trish's new car during pursuit]
Roger Murtaugh: You're not going to make it!
Martin Riggs: Yes, I will.
Roger Murtaugh: [anxiously] There's not enough room!
Martin Riggs: There's plenty of room, sure I'll make it!
[runs the car up onto the divider, scraping it along a metal guard-rail]
Roger Murtaugh: [screaming as sparks fly] Ah, my side panel!
Martin Riggs: [ignoring Roger and shouting to driver blocking lane beside them] Move over! Move over!
Roger Murtaugh: [to other driver] Move over, mother fucker!
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Crazy Credits

The Merrie Melodies theme is briefly heard during the opening sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a 15 certificate, the UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC. These cuts included:
  • Reduced violence in the scene where Murtaugh kills two thugs with a nail gun (a shot showing blood on a thug's head was shortened and another showing nails embedded in the other thug's chest was optically darkened).
  • Most of the sex scene between Riggs and his girlfriend was cut.
  • Riggs' vengeful killing of the villains who killed his girlfriend on the pier was entirely cut.
  • Riggs' repeated shooting of a villain during the final shootout was reduced.
  • Kicks to Riggs' face by villain in climax were reduced.
Later video and DVD releases had some cuts waived but were raised to an 18, whilst retaining the edits of the pier killing and repeated shooting of a villain by Riggs. The cuts were fully waived in 2010 and the certificate downgraded to a 15. The uncut version is only available on Blu-Ray, while the DVD still has an 18 certificate but is missing the killing of the two thugs on the pier and of the guards on the container. See more »

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Believe Me
Performed by The Skyliners
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
Written by Richard Barrett
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A fine Sequel
23 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Riggs and Murtaugh now face a bunch of south African criminals hiding behind their diplomatic immunity. The duo have to fight for their right to fight back, as the criminals declare war on the cops, and arouse the lethal weapon in Riggs.

The introdction of Joe Pesci's character is a little annoying at first but it soon grows on you and he adds a focus for the comedy element.

Richard Donner again directs the cop duo and again we have a movie well worth watching.

Plenty of action, a few more laughs and a lethal weapon that is still just as sharp, all combine to deliver another great outing for Riggs and Murtaugh.

8/10


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