R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.
After Joe Pesci' and Chris Rock were hired at the last minute to play characters of Leo Getz and Lee Butters, characters who weren't in original script, some re-writes had to be done during filming to include both of them into the story. Pesci was hired at the last minute for one million dollars for three weeks of work, and Screenwriter Channing Gibson was three-fourths through his latest draft, by the time Chris Rock was hired. Butters was originally written to be a gay police detective, but once filming started, everyone involved realized how the decision to make him gay didn't work, so his character was re-written again, to be the husband of Roger's daughter Rianne.
Uh, there's something I'm not supposed to tell you, too.
Roger Murtaugh: What?
Martin Riggs: Rianne's pregnant, you're going to be a grandfather.
Roger Murtaugh: Rianne's *what*?
Also, in the scene showing the prisoners boarding the 727, we see a shot of the cockpit. In the center above the computer display, the engine gauges are visible in four columns. This would indicate that the aircraft has four engines, however, a 727 only has three engines.
The previous Lethal Weapon movies, Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), and Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), are featured in the end credits as film stills.
The UK video and DVD versions are the same as the UK cinema version, all of which had 1m 33s of footage cut to receive the more commercially lucrative "15" certificate. Among the cuts were edits to head-butts, neck breaks, kickings, an eye gouging, a man being garroted with wire, and heavy reductions in sound during the fight scenes to remove violent noise effects. Various scenes of threat (such as the house fire scene) were also reduced in visuals and sound, and sometimes frames were removed from punches and kicks to faces to reduce their impact. The UK Blu-ray is uncut and retains the "15" rating.
English, Cantonese, Mandarin
$34,048,124 (USA) (12 July 1998)
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