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Martin Riggs is dealing with his rage and heartbreak over the loss of his wife, which has left him in a fragile yet dangerous state, at least that's how the police therapist sees it. This prompts the LAPD to send him to the homicide department and it is there that he meets Murtaugh. The two must set aside their differences and work together to uncover a drug-smuggling ring that is tearing the town apart. As they begin to crack more cases and get closer to the big arrest, their bond grows closer.
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Riggs: (Riggs is undercover, involved in a drug deal at a Christmas tree lot) Okay. Let's do it. How much?
Dealer # 1: How much for how much?
Riggs: For all of it.
Dealer # 1: You want it all?
Dealer # 1: He want's it all.
Dealer # 3: He want's it all, beautiful.
Dealer # 1: All right! Congratulations.
Riggs: And maybe a nice six-footer to put it under, huh?
Dealer # 2: You wanna tree?
Dealer # 2: I'll tell you what. I'll give you the best tree on the lot for nothing.
Riggs: Hey, thanks.
Dealer # 2: But the s***'s gonna cost you, er... a hundred.
Riggs: Woh, that much?
Dealer # 1 : Hey, you said you liked it. That's a fair price.
Riggs: Yeah, hell you only live once. (Riggs fumbles with his wallet) Let's get this together here. 20, 40... 60, 70...
Dealer # 2: Hey man! Hey!
Riggs: Shut up, man. I'm losing count. 93, 94, 95, 96...
Dealer # 2: Forget it you dumb***! One hundred thousand! One hundred thousand dollars.
Riggs: A hundred thousand? I'm sorry I can't afford that. Not on my salary. But look, I'll tell you what. I got a better idea. Now, let me say I take the whole stash off your hands for free... and you ass***** can go to jail.
Capt. Ed Murphy: I know all about Riggs, Doc.
Therapist: Not enough.
Capt. Ed Murphy: He's a tough b******, alright.
Therapist: He's on the edge, sir. I'm telling you, he maybe psychotic.
Capt. Ed Murphy: That's a bunch of psych bulls***.
Therapist: Really? Well, you're making a mistake by keeping him in the field, okay. The man is suicidal.
Capt. Ed Murphy: And you're sure of that diagnosis? You have no doubts? You know that?
Therapist: No. There are no absolutes in life.
Capt. Ed Murphy: End of discussion.
McCaskey: The guys in the 80's aren't tough. They're sensitive people. They show their emotions around women and s*** like that. I think I'm an 80's man.
Murtaugh: How do you figure?
McCaskey: Last night... I cried in bed. How's that?
Murtaugh: Were you with a woman?
McCaskey: I was alone. Why do you think I was crying? Merry Christmas.
Murtaugh: Sounds like an 80's man to me.
Capt. Ed Murphy: Hey, Rog, er... you know, you looked younger with the beard.
Murtough: Thanks, Captain.
Detective Boyette: Oh yeah. You shaved the beard.
Murtough: Some detective.
Murtaugh: I'm too old for this s***.
Murtaugh: That's some serious s*** you carry there.
Riggs: Be my guest.
Murtaugh: 9mm Beretta. Takes 15 in the mag, 1 in the pipe... wide ejection port, no feed jams.
Riggs: What you got in there?
Murtaugh: Four-inch Smith.
Riggs: Six-shooter, huh? A lot of old-timers carry those.
Riggs: I can handle this.
Murtaugh: Are you qualified to talk to jumpers?
Riggs: I've done it before.
Murtaugh: Okay. You're elected. Hey, hey. No guns, no jiu-jitsu, just bring him down.
Riggs: Er, 10-4.
Murtaugh: Did you ever meet anyone you didn't kill?
Riggs: Well, I haven't killed you yet.
Murtaugh: Fifty years old. What a birthday. Fifty goddamned years old. Been on the force 20 years, not a scratch, not a scar. I got a wife, kids... house, fishing boat. I can kiss all that goodbye because my partner has a death wish. My life is f****** over.
Murtaugh: (Riggs has just been shot in his bulletproof vest) Two inches higher, he'd have gotten your head.
Riggs: Two inches lower I'd be a falsetto for life.
Riggs: What do you wanna hear, man? Do you wanna hear that sometimes I feel like eating a bullet? Huh? Well, I do! I even got a special one for the occasion, with a hollow point. Look. Make sure it blows the back of my goddamned head out, do the job right! Every single day I wake up and I think of a reason not to do it. Every single day. And you know why I don't do it? This will make you laugh. You know why I don't do it? The job. Doing the job. Now, that's the reason.
Riggs: When I was 19, I did a guy in Laos from 1000 yards out. A rifle shot in high wind. Maybe eight... or even ten guys in the world could have made that shot. It's the only thing I was ever good at.
Riggs: Let's do what the shepherd said to the other shepherd.
Riggs: Let's get the flock out of here.
Production Budget - $15,000,000
Domestic Gross - $65,207,127 (12th)
Worldwide Gross - $120,200,000 (8th)
Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $136,084,439
Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $250,852,174
A director's cut runs 7 minutes longer.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Columbia/Warner Bros. Ranch, Burbank, California,
City Terrace Elementary School, Los Angeles, California
El Mirage Dry Lake, California
El Segundo, California
Emser Rugs & Tile, West Hollywood, California
International Tower, Long Beach, California
La Reposessed Auto Sales, North Hollywood, California
Mojave Desert, California
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Palos Verdes, California
Ritz Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California
Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, California
South Central Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Studio City, Los Angeles, California
Universal Studios Drive & 101 Freeway - Universal City, California
Vogue Cinema, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
West Hollywood, California
1. Pity the bad guys.
2. If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance.
3. Two cops. Glover carries a weapon. Gibson is one. He's the only L.A. cop registered as a LETHAL WEAPON.
4. After 20 years on the force, police detective Roger Murtaugh has come face-to-face with the most dangerous killing machine in Los Angeles... his new partner.
Performed by Honeymoon Suite
Jingle Bell Rock
Performed by Bobby Helms
Written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe
A Christmas Carol
College Football Game
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Performed by Elvis Presley
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