Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon

Richard Donner (1987)

112min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Implausibility is a large part of the entertainment in this romp par excellence, with each overblown set piece becoming ever more ludicrous. The basic buddy-buddy situation is a familiar one, but Mel Gibson, as the loose-cannon detective whose disregard for danger reaches new heights when he investigates a drugs ring, and Danny Glover, as his play-by-the-rules, ever-fretful partner, bring a great deal of spirit and fun to the mindless mayhem. The chalk-and-cheese chemistry of the two leads was so popular that three further sequels were made over the next ten years.

Summary

An unstable Vietnam veteran cop teams up with a by-the-book Los Angeles police detective to investigate the apparent suicide of the daughter of a wealthy businessman, leading them to a violent and bloody confrontation with a ruthless drug cartel under the control of a retired US general. Action thriller, starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan and Tom Atkins.

Cast & Crew

Martin Riggs Mel Gibson
Roger Murtaugh Danny Glover
Joshua Gary Busey
Gen McAllister Mitchell Ryan
Michael Hunsaker Tom Atkins
Trish Murtaugh Darlene Love
Rianne Murtaugh Traci Wolfe
Amanda Hunsaker Jackie Swanson
Director Richard Donner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Cannon-WarnerGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama