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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), Shane Black (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs
Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci ... Leo Getz
Joss Ackland ... Arjen Rudd
Derrick O'Connor ... Pieter Vorstedt
Patsy Kensit ... Rika Van Den Haas
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh
Steve Kahan ... Captain Murphy
Mark Rolston ... Hans
Jenette Goldstein ... Meagan Shapiro
Dean Norris ... Tim Cavanaugh
Juney Smith ... Tom Wyler
Nestor Serrano ... Eddie Estaban
Philip Suriano Philip Suriano ... Joseph Ragucci
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Storyline

Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to take down some drug dealers but the they turn out to be not run of the mill drug dealers; they have automatic weapons and helicopters. Eventually they grab one of their vehicles and find a million dollars worth of gold coins or Krugerrands in the trunk. Later Murtaugh is threatened by the men they're pursuing. That's when the Captain reassigns them to protect a man named Leo Getz who is suppose to testify in a big case. When they get to where Leo is, someone tries to kill him and that's when they learn he laundered half a billion dollars worth of drug money. He then takes them to a place he once went to and that's when the people there start shooting at them. Later when they come back with back up they learn that the men work for the South African consulate and have diplomatic immunity. They deduce that they are the ones they were looking for, but because of they have diplomatic immunity they can't do anything. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Je conduis. Non, je conduis. [canada] See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

7 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Play Dirty See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,388,800, 9 July 1989

Gross USA:

$147,253,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,853,986
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Made over $82 million more than the first movie domestically. Very unusual for a sequel, and also the most successful in the franchise, totaling $147.7 million domestically. See more »

Goofs

Obviously, the subplot involving Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) was about protection for his money laundering against the South Africans. In spite of this, he enters the South African counsulate with Murtaugh, offering a diversion for Riggs to enter. This is making a spectacle of himself in front of the very people he means to avoid. See more »

Quotes

[after shooting 2 criminals with a nail gun]
Roger Murtaugh: Nailed 'em both!
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

To receive a 15 certificate, the UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC. These cuts included:
  • Reduced violence in the scene where Murtaugh kills two thugs with a nail gun (a shot showing blood on a thug's head was shortened and another showing nails embedded in the other thug's chest was optically darkened).
  • Most of the sex scene between Riggs and his girlfriend was cut.
  • Riggs' vengeful killing of the villains who killed his girlfriend on the pier was entirely cut.
  • Riggs' repeated shooting of a villain during the final shootout was reduced.
  • Kicks to Riggs' face by villain in climax were reduced.
Later video and DVD releases had some cuts waived but were raised to an 18, whilst retaining the edits of the pier killing and repeated shooting of a villain by Riggs. The cuts were fully waived in 2010 and the certificate downgraded to a 15. The uncut version is only available on Blu-Ray, while the DVD still has an 18 certificate but is missing the killing of the two thugs on the pier and of the guards on the container. See more »


Soundtracks

Since I Don't Have You
Performed by The Skyliners
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
Written by Joseph Rock, James Beaumont and The Skyliners
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An action movie with heart
18 December 2004 | by matthewshanereavesSee all my reviews

Many action flicks over the years have been called loud and dumb. This is no exception. The "Lethal Weapon" series has never been especially noted for its intellect but it has something that a lot of action films lack: heart. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's winning chemistry created some of the most tender moments in the series and "Lethal Weapon 2" excels because they make the audience care about their characters. This movie is by far the best in the series with tones of moments registering directly to the viewer. Gibson and Glover provide these characters with depth that could easily have been lacking and the ending of this film leaves the audience actually feeling the love these two men have for each other. And, as a bonus, "Lethal Weapon 2" digs even deeper into one of the protagonist's past, shedding even more light as to why he is the way he is.


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