Lethal Weapon

Warner Bros. / Silver Pictures Released 1987




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Richard Donner

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.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In a movie with the energy of this one, we're exhilarated by the sheer freedom of movement; the violence becomes surrealistic and less important than the movie's underlying energy ...

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The film is all fast action, noisy stunts and huge, often unflattering close-ups, but it packs an undeniable wallop.

  • 70


    Lethal Weapon is a film teetering on the brink of absurdity when it gets serious, but thanks to its unrelenting energy and insistent drive, it never quite falls.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • 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?
      Riggs: Yep.
      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?
      Riggs: Yeah!
      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: Roger.
      Murtaugh: What?
      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.
      Murtaugh: What?
      Riggs: Let's get the flock out of here.

  • NOTES (6)

    • 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.

    • Filming locations:
      Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
      Lennox, 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
      Inglewood, 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

    • Taglines:
      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.

    • Music:
      Lethal Weapon
      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

    • Academy Award Nominations:
      1. Sound


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