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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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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

One of the reasons why producer Joel Silver hired screenwriter Channing Gibson to write the script for Lethal Weapon 4 is because he liked the work Gibson did on re-writes of the 1993 spec script by other screenwriter Steven Maeda, titled Sandblast. Around 1995 and 1996 it was going to be made into an action thriller (described as both Die Hard and Cliffhanger in sandstorm) starring Wesley Snipes as army specialist and mine expert who has to work with team of US commandos and find several lost nuclear warheads in Iraq desert wasteland during huge sandstorm, before team of traitorous Green Berets finds them first, and Jean Claude Van Damme would play the main villain and leader of Green Berets, but that entire project got cancelled. See more »

Goofs

In the final shootout, Roger tells Riggs he only has 2 bullets left. Then after Butters takes a bullet for him, Roger fires 2 bullets at the man who shot at him. Then he later kills one of the Four Fathers with his "final" bullet. He should have been out already. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Stephanie Woods: My time is reserved for police officers with REAL problems and REAL needs. HAVE YOU GOT THAT? HAVE YOU?
Martin Riggs: Care to run that by me again?
Dr. Stephanie Woods: No! And do you know what? I don't like you.
[she walks away]
Martin Riggs: Stephanie?
Dr. Stephanie Woods: [turns around, shocked] Stephanie...?
Martin Riggs: I can't go out with you. I'm in a relationship, I'm very happy. Now you'll find somebody someday, but you've got to stop bothering me...
Dr. Stephanie Woods: [painfully embarrassed] You're disgusting. YOU'RE DISGUSTING!
[to onlookers]
Dr. Stephanie Woods: What's the matter with you people?
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Crazy Credits

When the Warner Bros. Logo gets finished, the shield explodes, segueing into the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Various scenes involving Mandarin spoken dialogue were redubbed for the video release of Lethal Weapon 4. These include:
  • Scene in which the shipping boat at the beginning catches fire and the captain screams out commands to the rest of his crew
  • General's words with Jet Li during their first encounter. He says the same words, only the way he says them differ from the theatrical release (different tone, etc.)
  • Money exchange scene: the General asks his man who is inspecting the money "how is it?", to which his associate replies, "no problem". In the theatrical release, he says: "very good".
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Pilgrim
Written and Produced by Eric Clapton and Simon Climie
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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