Lethal Weapon 2
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Lethal Weapon 2

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Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci

     
 

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Lethal Weapon 2 re-teams Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as, respectively, "loose cannon" L.A. detective Martin Riggs and his partner, the cautious family man Roger Murtaugh. The villain this time is a South African diplomat (Joss Ackland) who doubles as a drug dealer. Though Riggs knows what's going on thanks to characterless character witness Joe Pesci, he can'tSee more details below

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Lethal Weapon 2 re-teams Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as, respectively, "loose cannon" L.A. detective Martin Riggs and his partner, the cautious family man Roger Murtaugh. The villain this time is a South African diplomat (Joss Ackland) who doubles as a drug dealer. Though Riggs knows what's going on thanks to characterless character witness Joe Pesci, he can't touch the villain because of "diplomatic immunity." After perils too numerous to mention, Riggs and Murtaugh shoot it out with the heavies on the deck of a South African cargo ship. Lethal Weapon 2, of course, contains as one of its comic high-points a now famous suspense scene: Mel Gibson agonizingly attempting to extricate a terrified Danny Glover from a booby-trapped toilet seat. Director Richard Donner, Gibson, Glover, and Joe Pesci would be reunited three years later for Lethal Weapon 3 and in 1998 for Lethal Weapon 4.

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As much as Lethal Weapon may have stepped outside its genre trappings to strike an unexpected chord, its sequel was the film that gave the series the legs it needed to continue onward and upward. While it still plumbs some dark, painful subject matter for its lead characters, Lethal Weapon 2 skews lighter by treating the Murtaugh-Riggs dynamic as the stuff of fruitful comedy, an approach intensified by the winning Leo Getz character, whom Joe Pesci makes all his own. The verbal ticks of Pesci's loudmouth pipsqueak took on a pop-culture life of their own, with filmgoers eager to mimic his rapid-fire locutions. But it's the supreme comfort of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, with both each other and the script, that rockets this to the top of buddy movies to such an extent that it became ripe for parody. Richard Donner again proves his command of this material with a handful of memorable set pieces, and especially his use of Gibson in Gibson's trademark bug-out scenes, which coined the franchise title. The familiarity of the recurring jokes and character traits would start to feel a little weary by Lethal Weapon 3, but here, they're the stuff sequel dreams are made of.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
UPC:
0012569829497
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Stunts and action featurette; Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Stephen Kahan Capt. Murphy
Burbank the Cat Itself
Marion Dougherty Actor
Sam the Dog Itself
Al Weber Poolside Card Player
Mark Rolston Hans
Jenette Goldstein Meagan Shapiro
Dean Norris Tim Cavanaugh
Nestor Serrano Eddie Estaban
Philip Suriano Joseph Ragucci
Grand L. Bush Jerry Collins
Tony Carreiro Marcelli
Damon Hines Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith Carrie Murtaugh
Allan Dean Moore George
Jack McGee Carpenter
Paul Tuerpé Hit Man
Philip Maurice Miller Hit Man
Sherman Howard Hit Man
Bruce A. Young Hit Man
Guy Mack Hit Man
Danny Wynands Hitman
Pat Skipper Hit Man
Robert Fol Consulate Guard
Virginia Shannon Consulate Office Worker
Danny Ondrejko Consulate Clerk
Jim Piddock Consulate Envoy
Kenneth Tigar Bomb Squad Leader
Jim Birge Bomb Squad Cop
Patrick Cameron Bomb Squad Cop
Mary Ellen Trainor Police Psychiatrist
David Marciano Cop
Tommy Hinkley Cop
Norman D. Wilson Detective in Squad Room
Jeanne McGuire Computer Operator
Catherine Guel Computer Operator
Lionel Douglass Officer Friesen
James Oliver Officer Moss
Salim Jaidi Policeman
Edward J. Rosen Poolside Card Player
Jay Della Poolside Card Player
Marian Collier Poolside Card Player
Orlando Bonner Tow Truck Driver
Cynthia Burr Owner of Honda
Juney Smith Tom Wyler

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director,Co-producer
Stuart Baird Editor
Gregory J. Barnett Stunts
Richard G. Berger Art Director
Shane Black Original Story
Jeffrey Boam Screenwriter
Steve M. Boyum Stunts
Janet Brady Stunts
Jophery Brown Stunts
David Burton Stunts
Eric Clapton Score Composer
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Gary Charles Davis Stunts
Ray Delamotte Camera Operator
Barry Delaney Costumes/Costume Designer
Eddy Donno Stunts
Marion Dougherty Casting
Scott Eddo Makeup
Kenny Endoso Stunts
Gary Epper Stunts
Tony Epper Stunts
Peter Frankfurt Associate Producer
Art Fransen Consultant/advisor
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
James M. Halty Stunts
Freddie Hice Stunts
Hank Hooker Stunts
Norman Howell Stunts
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Gail Levin Casting
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Matt Sweeney Special Effects
Gary McLarty Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Bennie Moore Stunts
Warren B. Murphy Original Story
Frank Orsatti Stunts
Victor Paul Stunts
Steve Perry Co-producer
Steve Picerni Stunts
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Chad Randall Stunts
Virginia Randolph Art Director
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Mic Rodgers Stunts
Danny Rogers Stunts
R.A. Rondell Stunts
David Sanborn Score Composer
Joel Silver Co-producer
Suzanne Todd Associate Producer
Jennie Lew Tugend Co-producer
Harry Tugend Co-producer
Dianne I. Wager Set Decoration/Design
Scott Wilder Stunts

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