• Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Lethal Weapon 2

Release Date: July 1st, 1989

DVD Release Date: July 30th, 1997

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However, the South Africans are protected by diplomatic immunity, and so the two are assigned to witness-protection duty in an attempt by their captain to keep his job. It is only when this witness reveals to them that he has already dealt with the smugglers that the trouble really starts.

Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor, Patsy Kensit-Healy, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe

Director: Richard Donner

Genres: Thriller , Action

Production Co: Warner Bros., Silver Pictures

Keywords: Police station , Pursuit , Murder , Police officer , Rivalry , Engaging , Los Angeles , 1980s , Hotel

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Lethal Weapon 2 is that rarity - a sequel with most of the same qualities as the original. I walked into the movie with a certain dread. But this is a film with the same off-center invention and wild energy as the original. show more

  • 75
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    Sitting through Lethal Weapon 2 is like dating a jackhammer. It's a slick, cynical, high-speed assembly line of car chases, jokes, sex, explosions and blood. [41 Jul 1989, p.41]

  • 70

    If there is one thing that I've learned from Stephen Spielberg, and George Lucas it's that the easiest way to win an audience is to employ an antagonist that everyone hates, like the Nazis, or Stormtroopers. Producers Richard Donner and Joel Silver take a lesson in the first sequel to Lethal Weapon and pit Gibson and Glover against fascist dimplomatically-immune South Africans. show more

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