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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

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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Next summer is lethal. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Richard Donner's cousin and frequent collaborator Steve Kahan, and Al Sapienza previously appeared in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) that was executive produced by Donner. See more »

Goofs

During the big car chase scene on the freeway, the table Riggs is on is missing the back right leg which is the same leg he eventually throws at the car, during subsequent scenes, the table sometimes has two legs and sometimes has three legs. See more »

Quotes

[while the "Human Tank" is bearing down on them]
Roger Murtaugh: Is he black?
Martin Riggs: Too much armor on, I can't tell!
Roger Murtaugh: No, not him! The father of the baby!
Martin Riggs: ...Okay!
Roger Murtaugh: Oh, please let him be black!
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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 German theatrical version has been slightly cut to secure a "Not under 16" rating. That version was also used for the retail VHS and DVD releases (the video sleeve carries the note "Original Cinema version"). At the time, the uncut version was released only to video rental stores, carrying a "Not under 18" rating. Only in 2001, the uncut version was released to buy. See more »


Soundtracks

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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The fourth installment in the now huge Lethal Weapon series has no shortage of action, but it just doesn't have the high quality of the last three.
22 January 2001 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

By this point in the series, it seems that they just aren't trying as hard with these films, which is kind of a shame. The Lethal Weapon series is really a good group of action films, but part 4 doesn't really seem to take itself seriously. It clearly had the biggest budget and probably some of the most elaborate stunts and action scenes (as well as some of the most exciting, such as that thrilling freeway chase scene), but many of the other elements of the film have deteriorated badly.

I think that with the addition of Chris Rock, while he delivered a satisfactory performance as far as the role that he was playing, caused the film to detract into too much goofy comedy, which unnecessarily diverted attention away from the surprisingly interesting smuggling plot involving illegal Chinese immigrants and counterfeit money. Joe Pesci was just as funny as ever, which is probably the reason the Chris Rock actually took away from the film as a whole. Pesci is all the comic relief that a Lethal Weapon movie ever needed, and Rock is another substantial addition of comic relief that just isn't necessary.

Danny Glover and Mel Gibson work great together for the fourth time; I'm beginning to wonder if they couldn't go on with this great duo forever. And of course, Renee Russo is back, with her and Riggs picking up with their quirky relationship, right where they left off at the end of part 3. But the person who really steals the whole show is Jet Li. Man, I thought Jackie Chan was fun to watch! Even though it's not all exactly real, this guy pulls out some unbelievable martial arts moves that give Lethal Weapon 4 a much-needed boost of energy. I wonder how long it will be before Jet Li and Jackie Chan come out with a movie together. Probably never, because if they worked together, no one could touch them, and if they were enemies, neither of them would be able to end up as the loser or the bad guy. Oh well, we can still hope, right? Even though the 4th installment in the Lethal Weapon series is not nearly as good as any of the previous three, it still remains a quality action film, despite its many weaknesses.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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