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Lethal Weapon
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Lethal Weapon

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Director: Richard Donner, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey

Cast: Richard Donner, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey

 

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L.A. cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), whose wife has recently died, is a loose cannon with a seeming death wish. This makes him indispensable in collaring dangerous criminals, but a liability to any potential partners. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a conservative family man who wants to stay alive for his upcoming 50th birthday, is partnered with Riggs. As Riggs gets

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L.A. cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), whose wife has recently died, is a loose cannon with a seeming death wish. This makes him indispensable in collaring dangerous criminals, but a liability to any potential partners. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a conservative family man who wants to stay alive for his upcoming 50th birthday, is partnered with Riggs. As Riggs gets to know Murtaugh and his family, he begins to mellow, though his insistence on using guerilla tactics to catch criminals is still (put mildly) above and beyond the call of duty. The main villain is The General (Mitchell Ryan), a drug dealer responsible for the death of the daughter of one of Murtaugh's oldest friends. The General is also in charge of a deadly, militia-like gang of smugglers. Adding fuel to the fire is The General's chief henchman, played with all stops out by Gary Busey. Moviegoers familiar only with the relatively tongue-in-cheek Lethal Weapon sequels may be amazed to find out how dangerous and unpredictable Riggs is in the first Lethal Weapon -- and how likely it seems that Murtaugh might not survive until fade-out time.

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If the 1980s and 1990s were the golden age of action movies (in sheer volume at least), Lethal Weapon, descended from the tougher, grittier cop movies of the '70s (Dirty Harry and The French Connection), remains one of its most lasting products. Similar to the following year's Die Hard, the first Weapon balances a likable and believable sense of humanity with a good helping of frenetic action. Mel Gibson is the star here, and his menacing but exposed performance (as in Mad Max) gives the film much of its edge. Director Richard Donner manages the pace of the movie well, and he is careful to make his two stars (Gibson and Danny Glover) the center of our attention without sacrificing the action thriller conventions and construction. Since his major film debut, 1976's The Omen, Donner has proven himself to be one of the more entertaining directors working firmly inside of the Hollywood system. This was the movie that launched Glover into the public consciousness after some notable supporting roles in Witness, Places in the Heart, and Silverado. It also marked a successful comeback for Gibson after a two-year break from filmmaking.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
UPC:
0883929075584
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
3,826

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Martin Riggs
Danny Glover Roger Murtaugh
Gary Busey Joshua
Mitchell Ryan The General
Tom Atkins Michael Hunsaker
Darlene Love Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe Rianne Murtaugh
Jackie Swanson Amanda Hunsaker
Damon Hines Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith Carrie Murtaugh
Burbank the Cat Itself
Everitt Wayne Collins Alfred's Friend
Marion Dougherty Actor
Al Leong Endo
Alphonse Philippe Mouzon Alfred's Friend
John O'Neill Police Officer in Car #1
Sam the Dog Itself
Bill Kalmenson Beat Cop
Lycia Naff Dixie
Patrick Cameron Cop #1
Don Gordon Cop #2
Jason Ronard Drug Dealer
Blackie Dammett Drug Dealer
Gail Bowman Cop
Robert Fol Cop
Selma Archerd Policewoman
Richard B. Whitaker Police Officer
Mary Ellen Trainor Psychologist
Stephen Kahan Capt. Ed Murphy
Jack Thibeau McCaskey
Ed O'Ross Mendez
Gustav Vintas Gustaf
Paul Tuerpé Mercenary
Chad Hayes Mercenary
Sven Ole Thorsen Mercenary
Peter Dupont Mercenary
Gilles Kohler Mercenary
Michael Shaner McCleary
Natalie Zimmerman Patrol Cop
Deborah Dismukes Blonde on Bike
Cheryl Baker Girls in Shower
Terri Lynn Doss Girl in Shower #2
Sharon K. Brecke Girls in Shower
Donald Gooden Alfred
Shaun Hunter Alfred's Friend
Lenny Juliano Patrol Cop
Teresa Kadotani Hooker
Frank Reinhard Beat Cop
Tom Noga Police Officer in Car #2
Grand L. Bush Boyette
Jimmie F. Skaggs Drug Dealer
Henry Brown Plainclothes Cop
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director,Producer
Stuart Baird Editor
Bobby Bass Stunts
Rod Bernsen Consultant/advisor
Shane Black Screenwriter
Eva Anna Bohn Art Director
Eric Clapton Score Composer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Scott Eddo Makeup
Art Fransen Consultant/advisor
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Jennie Lew-Tugend Associate Producer
Mary Malin Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Bill Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Perry Production Designer
Verne Poore Sound/Sound Designer
Virginia Randolph Art Director
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Dar Robinson Stunts
Mic Rodgers Stunts
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
David Sanborn Score Composer
Joel Silver Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lethal Weapon
1. Credits [2:04]
2. High and Low [2:17]
3. Morning Rituals [6:02]
4. Line of Fire' [3:58]
5. Old Pal's Daughter [2:06]
6. Pine Needles [3:20]
7. Ready and Aimed [4:28]
8. Roger's New Partner [2:56]
9. Hate Works for Me [1:55]
10. Drug Deal Ignited [2:53]
11. "You Owe Me" [2:37]
12. Wanna Jump? [5:19]
13. Really Crazy [2:50]
14. Belated Birthday [1:59]
15. Beverly Hills [3:24]
16. A Murtaugh Meal [4:08]
17. Too Neat [2:49]
18. Good at It [3:29]
19. Say It With Pictures [2:06]
20. Target Practice [:47]
21. Dixie's House [3:26]
22. Questioning Alfred [1:34]
23. Big Business [4:30]
24. He's Pleased [3:51]
25. Gonna Get Bloody [3:56]
26. At the Flats [3:50]
27. Desert Storm [2:45]
28. Shocking... [5:37]
29. Get the Flock Out [3:46]
30. Hollywood Blvd [2:57]
31. No Way You Live [3:34]
32. Murtaugh's House [2:59]
33. Shot at the Title [1:48]
34. Joshua's Last Stand [4:07]
35. Victoria Lynn [:45]
36. Too Old [:57]

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Lethal Weapon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 5 months ago
Probably one of my favorite film series. This was a really good start to the series. The action, the acting is pretty good.
Carstairs38 11 months ago
“You Ever Met Anybody You Didn’t Kill?” “Well, I Haven’t Killed You Yet.” When I first got out of college and started watching some of the movies that I’d heard about but never seen, I added the Lethal Weapon franchise to that list. This was about the time the fourth film came out, so it’s been a few years. When I found the films on TV, I decided to rewatch the franchise, and of course, I had to start with the first in the series. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is a 50-year-old detective in the homicide department at the LAPD. He’s got a family, but he doesn’t have a partner at work. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is cop for the LAPD as well, but he works in the narcotics division. He’s widower who has lost the will to live. He can’t quite bring himself to commit suicide, so he takes huge risks with his life. And he also doesn’t have a partner at work. When a young woman takes a swan dive out of her hotel room, Murtaugh and Riggs are teamed up. She was high on a new drug, but the drug was also poisoned. Furthermore, this young woman was the daughter of one of Murtaugh’s friends from his days in Vietnam. With Riggs’s huge risks, Murtaugh is certain that they will both wind up dead. Will they survive working together and bring down the killer? Where will their investigation lead? The first thing that struck me is that the movie is set in the days leading up to Christmas. Like Die Hard (which came out the next year), it’s hard to truly classify it as a Christmas movie, but the decorations and music definitely infuse the film. I definitely remember the franchise getting lighter as it goes along, and viewing this movie again confirmed that. Yes, there are a few funny lines, but this film is pretty dark. This is especially true when dealing with the depressed Riggs. A couple of his scenes are hard to watch even though we know the outcome. Yet, that makes him very real. Murtaugh’s family does the same for him. Yes, it’s easy to like the two leads. The movie is equal parts mystery and action. No, there are not the major stunt filled spectaculars we think of now when we think of an action film, but there are some decent action sequences for the time. This is the 80’s after all. And the plot does plenty to get the adrenaline flowing as we reach the final third of the film. There are some slow patches early on, but they never last for too long. The stunts are all well done and very believable. Of course, this was the days before green screen effects were so popular, but they truly do hold up today. Likewise, the acting is great. Danny Glover and Mel Gibson make it easy to care for the leads, and the supporting cast is just as real. I’m glad I’m refreshing my memory of the Lethal Weapon films. I’m looking forward to watching all of them again soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
....got KICKED IN THIS MOVIE!! There's a scene where the rebel Riggs fights the bad guy (Busey) in the front yard of the cops house, and Gary Busey beats Riggs like my woman beats eggs when I maker her cook me breakfast. Riggs is weak and Busey rules. This movie should be renamed "Lethal Gary Busey Can Kill Anyone In Hollywood Weapon".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definetly a movie to own! It's one of those movies that you never get tired of when watching it over and over again because the plot and storyline is great. Mel and Danny definetly make a great odd-couple partner combo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) was living a good life until the bad boy came along. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson)gets partnered up with Murtaugh and gets to know his family. But then a General (Mitchell Ryan)a drug dealer, killed one of Murtaugh's old friend's daughter. The general is also in charge of a bunch of smugglers. Of course Riggs and Murtaugh go after the general and eventually kill him. This movie, like all the other Lethal Weapons is a must.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Lethal Weapon was and still is a very good movie and a classic besides i like older movies Lethal Weapon is a nice one to enjoy and sit back and watch cause this is a classic !!!
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Dear Reader, If you are hesitant about seeing/buying Lethal Weapon, don't be! If you like movies like Die Hard, James Bond, or Rambo, you will love Lethal Weapon. In the ''Director's Cut'' edition, there are added scenes from the original theatrical release. Rated ''NR'' for brief nudity, language, sexual themes, and violence.