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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller

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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.

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23 April 2006 | bujinbudoka
| Lethal Weapon 4 - Great ending to a great series
This movie is the end of a series which spanned almost two decades.

This time around Riggs (Gibson) is facing three very personal problems. 1) Age is catching up to him, 2) his g/f is pregnant and he's facing being a daddy, and 3) he's facing the dilemma of wanting to remarry. Also, Murtaugh (Glover) is about to be a grand-daddy to a baby by his oldest daughter, and she is secretly married to Detective Butters (Chris Rock), which everyone is keeping a secret from him.

Add to this the fact that both they are now taking on one of the most powerful crime syndicates in the world, the Chinese Triads, in an effort to stop slave trading and money laundering. The task of a bad guy this time goes to Jet Li, who made his American debut (atleast from an American Film Company) in this movie. Yes, this is the movie which launched him here in the states, and he deserved it.

This movie is as good as the rest of them, though nothing beats part 2 in my opinion. Lethal Weapon 4 really hits home on a lot of subjects, such as facing responsibility, to coming to terms with who you are. And it ended the series in a way that makes you smile and love it even more.

I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Each Lethal Weapon film features a bad guy with glasses. Here, in the fourth one, it is the older triad, whose glasses are broken at the prison in China, and replaced after arrival in America.


Martin Riggs: So this must have been what Uncle Benny meant by Four Fathers. Looks like Japan's version of the Marx brothers. Let's see we got Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and uh, Fucko.


The closeup shot of the printing plate was obviously created by using a dot screen - a printing process that creates variations in light and dark by varying the size of dots in a grid. Currency is created by physically etching in cross-hatched lines that vary in width to create these variation. The closeup shows a plate created by dots being etched as it if were an engraving.

Crazy Credits

A picture accompanies almost every crew and cast member in a large photo album. It includes pictures from all 4 Lethal Weapon movies with outtakes and posed pictures. It closes on a large group shot of the crew, with a back cover with a red "4" on it.

Alternate Versions

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.


Written and Produced by
Eric Clapton and Simon Climie
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products


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Action | Crime | Thriller

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