R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
Brian Dennehy was considered for the role of Roger Murtaugh. Dennehy turned it down as he had already played cops before in films such as First Blood (1982) and F/X (1986). However Dennehy and Danny Glover had previously appeared in Silverado (1985).
What did he mean when he said you owed him?
Roger Murtaugh: We served together in '65. Ia Drang Valley. Saved my life. Took a bayonet in the lungs.
Martin Riggs: That was nice of him.
During the scene in which Riggs is shooting the "smiley face", the yellow prop sticker can clearly be seen as Riggs loads a magazine into his handgun.
There is a dedication to Dar Robinson, a stuntman who died in a motorbike accident as Lethal Weapon was in Post-Production.
$6,829,949 (USA) (8 March 1987)
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