Alternate Versions (2)

  • 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.
  • The newly released Director's Cut has over 3 minutes of extra footage - Riggs gets attention from some women at a hotel spa; the exploding toilet sequence is lengthened and Murtaugh sees it hit his car; Murtaugh gets information about bodywork on his car from a auto repairman; Leo recalls a suspects address in a very unusual, humorous way.