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.
The end hospital scene has two actors from Fletch (1985). Richard Libertini is Fletch's boss, and here he is a Rabbi. Bill Henderson is the speaker at Fred Dorfman's party, and here is the Angry Patient with Urine Sample.
They fuck you with cell phones. That's what it is. They're fuckin' you with the cell phone. They love it when you get cut off. Y'know why, huh? You know why? 'Cause when you call back - -which they know you're gonna do. - -they charge you for that ...
In the final 'battle' Murtaugh states he has only four bullets left yet he fires five more.
When the Warner Bros. Logo gets finished, the shield explodes, segueing into the opening credits.
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 12 July 1998