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.
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.
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.
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.
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)