Lethal Weapon

  • 18
  • Richard Donner (1987)
  • US
  • 112 min
Lethal Weapon
Film Review
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4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Martin Riggs is a detective whose almost suicidal recklessness makes him a walking time bomb for criminals and colleagues alike. His reluctant partner, Roger Murtaugh, is a mature family man who plays everything by the book and wants to see out his police years as safely as possible. The duo are reluctantly teamed together to take on a vicious international heroin ring being run by former Vietnam mercenaries.

Cast and crew


Martin Riggs
Mel Gibson
Roger Murtaugh
Danny Glover
Gary Busey
General McAllister
Mitchell Ryan
Michael Hunsaker
Tom Atkins
Trish Murtaugh
Darlene Love
Rianne Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe
Amanda Hunsaker
Jackie Swanson
Nick Murtaugh
Damon Hines
Carrie Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith
Beat cop
Bill Kalmenson
Lycia Naff
Captain Ed Murphy
Steve Kahan
Beat cop
Frank Reinhard
Al Leong


Richard Donner

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18