R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.
Winona Ryder was the first choice for the role of Lorna, but Joel Silver felt that Ryder was too young for the role. But against Silver's wishes, Richard Donner offered her the part anyway. She turned it down, due to her being busy shooting Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and because she had no interest in doing action movies. Joan Cusack, Linda Hamilton, Laura Dern, Brooke Shields, Geena Davis, and Kirstie Alley were also considered for the role.
Captain Ed Murphy:
Wait a minute! Look, maybe these guys can contribute something to this case.
Ernie - Detective: From what I've seen of their records, the only thing they do contribute is mayhem and chaos.
Martin Riggs: No, I'm Chaos, and he's Mayhem. We're a double act. What are we, required reading...
Obvious stunt double for Lorna when she flips a guy in the garage fight scene.
During the credits you can hear that another bomb has been discovered. When Martin and Roger show up in their car, they have this discussion again whether or not to go in. Just as they stop at the building, the whole building explodes and you can hear Martin saying, while backing up the car, "I hope nobody saw us".
The German release was rated FSK 16 and is uncut. On the television, a version cut down to FSK 12 has been aired once.
$33,243,086 17 May 1992