• Lethal Weapon (1991)

Lethal Weapon

Release Date: July 31st, 1991

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 1997

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he is reassigned and partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), Riggs immediately clashes with the older officer. Together they uncover a massive drug-trafficking ring. As they encounter increasingly dangerous situations, Riggs and Murtaugh begin to form a bond. Riggs' volatile behavior might just help them apprehend the criminals -- if it doesn't kill them both first.

Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitch Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe, Jackie Swanson

Director: Richard Donner

Genres: Thriller , Action

Production Co: Silver Pictures, Warner Brothers

Keywords: Tense, Daughter, Wife, Quest, Gritty, Rescue, Los Angeles, Mystery, Friendship, Police station, 1980s, Investigation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    In a movie with the energy of this one, we're exhilarated by the sheer freedom of movement; the violence becomes surrealistic and less important than the movie's underlying energy level. show more

  • 60
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    Lethal Weapon is vulgar, violent and predictable. Yet, in some outbreak of id, I got caught up in the shenanigans of Danny Glover and Mel Gibson as a mismatched cop team. Mr. Glover is more than solid and Mr. Gibson has added a kind of raw humor to his repertoire that is extremely sexy. [5 Mar 1987, p.1]

  • 60
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    The atmosphere, the buddy stuff and the flashy setting don't make up for the fact that the main story is too distanced throughout much of the movie. Further diluting the film's intensity is the scene structuring; far too often lame expository scenes serve to advance the plot or explain the backstory. show more

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