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Plot: A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 06 Mar 1987
Do things like magic really exist? Well, if you've seen Lethal Weapon - not only the greatest action comedy, but perhaps also the greatest movie of all time! - you should know that the answer to that question is YES. If you don't, it's very obvious that you need to see a doctor. And in case you for some incomprehensible reason haven't seen Lethal yet, I have only one thing to say: stop reading this comment and go rent it immediately!!! There's simply no logical excuse for anyone old enough NOT to see this brilliant movie.The Lethal Weapon series started out with this film <more>
back in 1987, starring the phenomenal Mel Gibson as psychotic loose cannon Martin Riggs and Danny Glover truly wonderful as well as his total opposite for a partner - family man and by-the-book police officer Roger Murtaugh.Murtaugh lives a happy life with his loving family in a friendly neighborhood and is planning to retire from the force. But on his 50th birthday his life takes off in a different direction when the daughter of an old friend from Vietnam jumps out from a window and dies. This incident tosses Murtaugh into a dangerous and twisted investigation. And as if that's not enough: he is also teamed up with a new partner - a burned-out lunatic named Martin Riggs, who's been leaning on the edge of suicide ever since his wife was killed in a car crash. Roger is shocked when he meets this "lethal weapon". These two cops only have two things in common: they're both Vietnam vets and they both hate working with partners. This is my all time favorite movie, because it gives you everything you could ever ask from a great flick: action, drama, suspense, and even love without getting all sentimental . And if you love Mel Gibson God, he used to be so beautiful!! - like me - this is were he makes one of his strongest and most remarkable performances. Actually, I can hardly call it acting - he IS Riggs. The emotions he's going through is so evident in his eyes and so real and cuts right through your soul: you can actually feel his pain and his anger. And Mel also contributes a great deal to the humorous element of the film with his attitude, witty comments and eagerness of doing his job: "Man, I love this job! Can we put the sirens on?" Danny Glover is outstanding as Murtaugh and serves the audience a normal, middle-aged man who is fighting with his age, a daughter who's turning into a young woman and a partner who doesn't care whether he lives or dies. Danny's hilarious making those faces and throwing back at Mel! He plays his part with great sensitivity and I think he, just like Mel, gives so much life to his character that no other actor could have done it better. And together, he and Mel undoubtedly makes the best film team there was, is or ever will be! The concept has been copied too many times, though..."With the fantastic action, humor, performances and screenplay, Lethal Weapon and its sequels definitely top the list of all time action movies. Danny and Mel naturally won an award for "best duo on screen" on MTV Movie Awards once, and considering their work with these series, I believe director Richard Donner and producer Joel Silver makes the best duo OFF screen.I'm convinced this is a movie that not only action fans would enjoy watching, so I recommend it to everyone. This is a movie you can't afford to miss!
Action and comedy at their best (by DunnDeeDaGreat)
Lethal Weapon is the first in a series of films that were all good. Richard Donner made an action packed buddy picture that everyone can enjoy. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were both good in the lead roles and the action sequences are top notch. Kudos to Gary Busey for making a great bad guy.
A Definite Top 250 Movie (by moremidnight)
This "absolute classic" film is "without doubt" "one of" the "best films" "ever"!!! It really is a "fantastic film" with moments of "pure joy" and "awesome action" that will "keep you at the edge of your seat/s". I remember the first time I ever "thoroughly enjoyed" this film. I was a "wee nipper" back in "the day". I was "sat" on my "own" in the cinema we used to call it "the pictures" and I watched it from the "start" to the <more>
"very" end. including all of the credits, which were "excellent" too . Then I watched it when it came "out" on VHS although we used to call it "video" - tsssh! How silly were we?? and I remember "thoroughly enjoying" it "all over again". Afterwards, I turned to my Monkey, "Dave" and said: "You know what, Dave?" He doesn't say much back, ever, so I went on... "I "thoroughly enjoyed" watching that "film" or was it "movie" I said?? "all over" "again!"
An exciting cop drama cleverly constructed... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
The film opens with a panoramic aerial shot of Los Angeles, where a beautiful blonde girl in a penthouse apartment is lying, in a sexy white satin nightgown, on a luxurious red sofa... Drugs comes into focus on a table next to her... She rouses herself to sniff some white powder, steps out completely unbalanced onto the balcony and stands on the railing, ready to plunge peacefully down... Mel Gibson is remarkable as Martin Riggs... He is talented as both a cop and a clown... His character carries a great level of tension... He is both charismatic and enigmatic... Riggs is a homicide <more>
detective suffering harmful levels of stress, after losing his wife in an automobile accident... He seems unstable... He slaps and pummels a drug dealer in the manner of the "Three Stooges," and dares his hostage taker to shoot him...He is on the brink of despair... He takes out a bullet, loads it in his .9 millimeter Beretta, puts the gun into his mouth, and appears ready to pull the trigger...He is suicidal... He snaps a handcuff on a jumper's wrist, and snaps the other end onto his own wrist... Then he holds up the key to the cuffs, and flings it out into space...He is a sharpshooter... He raises his gun and fires without blinking, and claims that killing is "the only thing he could ever do well."He is partnered with a black middle-aged police detective to investigate the death of the girl that leaped off the balcony... Both quickly build up a strong friendship that lead them to uncover a very dangerous heroin ring...Danny Glover is at his best against an actor who can easily steal scenes... He plays an old-fashioned detective who is obsessed about his age, and goes by the book... We simply see him scanning, reading the odds...Murtaugh - on his 50th birthday - wears his past like a scar... He is a conservative family man who has to follow Riggs' hurtful plan to get his daughter back... Gary Busey plays Mr. Joshua, a trained expert killer, cool as ice, deadly calm... It's essential for him to find out how much the police know... He tries his best to get Riggs out of the picture... His boss the General Mitch Ryan is a rugged man with eyes like chips of stone... The ruthless general thinks that it's now the precise time to turn up the heat... He wants Murtaugh to be tortured... He kidnaps Murtaugh's little girl, the gorgeous Rianne Traci Wolfe to make him speak...Richard Donner's 'Lethal Weapon' is one of the finest films to offer its audience the combination of strong acting, and scenes out of hell... It is an exciting cop drama cleverly constructed... The final battle, where the two cops team up against the general and his henchmen, is especially thrilling... Donner's film also skates around the sexual implications of male bonding, but the scene in which Gibson and Glover are captured by the crooks and tortured dramatizes male vulnerability in a manner that became familiar in the action film...
This is the classic action film that introduces one of the best action duos ever to come to the big screen. (by Anonymous_Maxine)
Lethal Weapon is a nearly perfectly structured action movie. The acting, the story, the script, the directing, even the IDEA of the movie all combine to make up a fascinating and thrill-packed police film. The cross-cutting at the beginning of the film was particularly effective, in my opinion, as Martin Riggs Mel Gibson and Roger Murtaugh Danny Glover are introduced. The startling difference between their separate lives provides for tons of fun to be had later in the movie. Roger starts his day off as the family man reluctantly celebrating his 50th birthday party with his numerous <more>
children and his loving wife in the big family house, while Riggs is shown waking up naked in his trashy trailer and beginning his day with a healthy breakfast of a cigarette and a beer. The fact that both Roger and Riggs hated that they had to work together was especially effective in creating a touching atmosphere as they grew to be closer and closer friends. They worked so well together in this movie; it was a symbiotic relationship. It was almost like they fed off of each other, and kept each other in line and out of trouble. I also liked the way that they showed that Riggs was deeply angered when he learned that the bad guys had taken Murtaugh's daughter. Things like this, when done right, can really get you to sit up and really get into the movie, and it was definitely done right here. Riggs was also very amusing in his anxiousness about being a cop `Why don't you let me go to sleep?' `No, come on, we gotta get up and catch bad guys!' , and Gary Busey delivers an excellent performance as the lead bad guy. This is the type of role that he plays best see "Under Siege" . Although the violence was painfully present in some parts the torture scenes were short but extremely difficult to watch , the film never relied on violence to pull it along or keep the audience's attention. The story was sufficient enough so that there was no overindulgence necessary in anything like that. In this film you see the first of the now traditional Lethal Weapon scenes in which Riggs and Murtaugh stagger away from a smoking crime scene, seeming to hold each other up. The final fight scene between Riggs and Mr. Joshua Busey was a little excessive, and there were a few scenes which were a bit faulty how did the guy on the building ledge expect to kill himself when there was such a huge air bag inflated on the ground directly below him? , but overall this was a spectacular crime thriller. The movie rushes along at a feverish pace, and particularly Gibson's and Glover's success working together on screen make this a timeless action film that is not to be missed.
One of the best action films of all (by Quinoa1984)
Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon is a film bombarded by action, plot and clever characters. In a sense, this is a little like Raiders of the Lost Ark with a load of action, with a plot and characters to match. Here, we meet 2 actors who, while are celebrities now, we're sort of celebrities back in the day. These 2 guys are Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a loose cannon Martin Riggs and a aging family man Roger Murtaugh who team up to stop a gang of drug dealers. Plot might not be the best, because we focus on Riggs and Murtaugh so much, we dont care about much else. Lots and lots of <more>
The best of the buddy-cop films of the '80s; still works 20 yrs later. (by Sebastian1966)
LETHAL WEAPON was the first of four pairings of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as LAPD detectives Riggs and Murtaugh. In this first film, they reluctantly team up to bring down a drug cartel run by high-level mercenaries. The plot is rather average, but what pushes this film into A-list category is the pitch-perfect chemistry between Gibson and Glover, and the dark humor throughout. Roger Murtaugh Glover has just turned 50, and is a few years from retirement when the death of the daughter of an old army buddy teams him up with Martin Riggs Gibson , a burned-out, seemingly suicidal cop <more>
grieving over the recent loss of his wife. In a stand-out scene, we see Riggs, alone, ready to kill himself while looking over his wedding photo. Excellent acting, and from a buddy-cop picture! As the two cops begin to slowly earn each other's trust after Riggs saves Murtaugh's life , the chemistry really kicks in. It's as though these guys have known each other 100 years! Gary Busey once brilliant in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY is reduced to an albino thug, here. But, if it's any consolation, he's very menacing. Watching this film again after about eight years or so, it struck me how brooding and sober it was compared to the more cartoonish sequels which are also fun in their own right . But LW 1 has a darker energy and while the humor is still there, it's just a little more sporadic. The stunt-work is amazing, but not gargantuan! Compared to how ridiculously over-the-top big-budget cop films have become lately LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, for example , LW 1 is the FRENCH CONNECTION! Lots of character-driven scenes the Murtaugh family dinner scene feels improvised, as though the cameras just happened to catch it , and also some great location work spanning a lot of Southern California; from the desert to the beach . Some not-so-PC dialogue a nearly subliminal gay slur, and some racist bits, such as "Who's the chin?" aside, the movie is a product of its time, and the writing reflects that. Warts and all. And despite a recycled, Miami Vice-rehash of a plot right down to a neon-lit nightclub as a front , LW 1 is the most enjoyable of the '80s buddy-cop films. It's spawned three sequels so far . And among the countless imitators, few have really captured the magic and chemistry of the lead actors one possible exception being the first RUSH HOUR . Watching them work on DVD was almost like revisiting old friends! Not many cop films of that or any period give one that feeling. Lethal Weapon still shoots on the mark after 20 ! years!
I was pleasantly surprised in how good this movie was. I think the chemistry between Glover and Gibson was perfect and most of what made it so great. The intense action, comedic one-liners, excellent acting, and interesting scenarios made it a nonstop thrilling movie. The movie didn't rely solely on action as many similar movies do, but it had an added depth with elements like Riggs's suicidal and mental instability at the beginning of the film. There were some things that definitely could have been better like the fight scene towards the end. It was unnecessary, took away from the <more>
story and was pointless. They could have included an ending fight scene but the situation in which it was set up made it completely out of place and degrading to the overall film. Even with all of its flaws it was still a very enjoyable watch.
A great movie that I can watch time and time again! (by veryape-887-913905)
I don't know if IMDb will take these as spoilers so I will list it just in-caseMartin Riggs is no ordinary cop. He's a Mad Max gone maniacal, a man whose killing expertise and suicidal recklessness make him a Lethal Weapon to anyone he works against. Or with.Roger Murtaugh is an easygoing homicide detective with a loving family, a big house and a pension he doesn't want to lose. Imagine Murtaugh's shock when he learns his new partner is a guy with nothing left to lose: wild eyed, burnt out Martin Riggs. This film tells a story of two ex-Vietnam vets turned cops who have only <more>
one thing in common: both hate working in pairs. But their partnership becomes key to survival when a routine murder investigation leads to an all-out take-no-prisoners, martial arts and machine gun war with an international heroin ring.This film starred: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover & Gary BuseyLethal Weapon is a highly entertaining movie, I can still watch it today although I have seen it so many times I have lost count it in't a absolutely fantastic film which will change your life forever when you have seen it, but you will enjoy it, no doubt about it. You always get laughs at Mel Gibson's character Martin Riggs as he always gets the job done sometimes in suicidal ways. Anyway if you own this film on DVD or Blu-Ray and are yet to watch it, grab yourself some popcorn and drinks and watch this explosive action-packed film which is LETHAL WEAPON.****/***** Very good.