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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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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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Richard Donner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Martin Riggs
Danny Glover ... Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci ... Leo Getz
Rene Russo ... Lorna Cole
Chris Rock ... Detective Lee Butters
Jet Li ... Wah Sing Ku
Steve Kahan ... Captain Ed Murphy
Kim Chan ... Benny 'Uncle Benny' Chan
Darlene Love ... Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe ... Rianne Murtaugh Butters
Eddy Ko ... Hong, Chinese Refugee
Jack Kehler ... State Department Man
Calvin Jung ... Detective Ng
Damon Hines Damon Hines ... Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith ... Carrie Murtaugh
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Storyline

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, after escaping death from the previous movies are put on a hit list by The Triads. When blood thirsty mercenaries are on their tail they team up again with Leo Getz and Lorna Cole, a newcomer (Chris Rock) to finally put an end to the Triads for good. Written by Brian H <hershey@visuallink.com>

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Next summer is lethal. See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lethal 4 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,048,124, 12 July 1998

Gross USA:

$130,444,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$285,444,603
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The final film in which Michael Kamen composed the music for Joel Silver. The other films he'd worked on with Silver were, Lethal Weapon (1987), Die Hard (1988), Road House (1989), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Die Hard 2 (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), The Last Boy Scout (1991) (a film which Kamen and Silver themselves hated), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Assassins (1995), Fair Game (1995) (in which his music was rejected in both cases), and finally this film. Kamen would pass away from Multiple Sclerosis in 2003. See more »

Goofs

Wah Sing Ku pulls apart Riggs's pistol by grabbing it and pulling the top slide off of it. The pistol is a Baretta 92FS, and it can indeed be disabled that way by pressing a release button on the right side of the pistol, then pulling down the disassembly lever on the left side, followed by simply removing the slide. However the closeup of Jet Li's hand grabbing the gun reveals that the disassembly lever has already been pulled down to make it easier for the actor to do it. See more »

Quotes

Martin Riggs: It's like...
Roger Murtaugh: You're getting too old for this shit.
Martin Riggs: Yeah.
Roger Murtaugh: How about that? Finally.
Martin Riggs: No, I can't be. I mean, I'm only... Jesus.
Roger Murtaugh: Yeah, you're only. You can't beat the clock, Riggs.
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Alternate Versions

The televised network version only has a static black background during the credits, without the original photo album. The censored network version revises Riggs's naming of the four fathers ("Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and uh, Fucko"), by changing "Fucko" to "Typo". See more »

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The Magic Was Still There
23 May 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

It is extremely rare for the fourth film in a series to be just as good as it's three predecessors. Lethal Weapon 4 was awesome.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover had no trouble recreating the magic from the first three films. The humour was there, the action was there and the chemistry between them was there. Joe Pesci was back as Leo Getz.

Lethal Weapon 3 was released in 1992, Lethal Weapon 4 was released in 1998. Six years had passed yet none of the actors or production staff involved in Lethal Weapon 4 had any problem in making a great movie.

The action throughout is brilliant (are real American policemen as mad as Riggs and Murtaugh?). And of course the humour is there; particularly the beginning of the movie where Murtaugh (Danny Glover) strips down to his underwear in the rain and acts like a chicken in order to distract the bad guy. There are other humorous scenes throughout and a great plot too.

Roll on Lethal Weapon 5.


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