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Lethal weapon - Director's cut

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Two cops. Glover carries a weapon... Gibson is one.

Riggs and Murtaugh are LA cops who fought in Vietnam. Both hate to work with partners. They have nothing more in common.

Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is, in a phrase, a killing machine. Highly trained in the precision skills of CIA covert operations and a member of a crack special forces unit during the war, Riggs is registered as a "lethal weapon" with the Los Angeles Police Department.

In the field, however, Riggs is an unregistered risk taker - taking the kind of risks that scare the hell out of other cops! Recently, he lost his wife of 11 years and the squadroom scuttle has it that he no longer cares about much of anything - a volatile combination for someone with a subzero flash point and equally chilling credentials. His superiors know it too. Bounced from Narcotics to Homicide, the word is that he's either bucking for a "psycho pension" - or that he's a man with a death wish. The only question is for whom.

Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), at the opposite extreme, is a Homicide detective with a solid reputation and an unblemished departmental record. A devoted family man, Murtaugh is facing his 50th birthday with more than a little trepidation. In his eyes, being assigned to a new partner - any partner - was something he didn't need now. Being assigned to Riggs was a particularly nasty surprise that Murtaugh never would have anticipated. If he could have pulled from a hat a chance to either triple his pension or to work with Riggs - Murtaugh would have abstained from the drawing.

But cops don't choose their partners; the Department does. And Riggs and Murtaugh are forced to form an uneasy alliance as they begin to unravel the mystery of an apparent suicide that turns out to be murder - and much more.

Persons of interest

  • Mel Gibson .... Sergeant Martin Riggs
  • Danny Glover .... Sergeant Roger Murtaugh
  • Gary Busey .... Mr Joshua
  • Mitch Ryan .... General Peter McAllister
  • Tom Atkins .... Michael Hunsaker
  • Darlene Love .... Trish Murtaugh
  • Traci Wolfe .... Rianne Murtaugh
  • Jackie Swanson .... Amanda Hunsaker
  • Damon Hines .... Nick Murtaugh
  • Ebonie Smith .... Carrie Murtaugh
  • Shane Black .... Screenwriter
  • Richard Donner .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

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Theatrical report

Murtaugh and Riggs.

Two infamous characters in the film industry. Why? Because they always manage to blow shit up all over the streets of LA. In this, their first film, you see Riggs as a depressed man trying to pull his life back together and it takes Murtaugh to do that.

When you watch the director's cut on DVD you'll see that several scenes have been added, which help you to understand why the boys did the things that they did. Lethal weapon is an awesome action classic and I will be watching it until the day the DVD dies.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Seven minutes of extra footage

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

112 minutes (1:52 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: Undated September 2001
DVD retail: 6 November 2002 - Director's Cut Digipack box set

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