Lethal Weapon

Published July 3, 2010

Lethal Weapon

Film info

  • Title Lethal Weapon
  • Director Richard Donner
  • Year 1987
  • Run time 1hr 49m
  • Genres Action, Comedy, Adventure, Thriller, Crime
  • Tagline If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance

Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is a family man cop who is about to turn fifty. Cautious by nature, he is less than happy to be paired with Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) when he is assigned to investigate Californian drug baron 'The General' (Mitchell Ryan). Following the death of his wife, Riggs has become a manic loner who no longer cares whether he lives or dies; an approach which causes more than a few problems as he and Murtaugh attempt to bring the General to justice.

Live Blog

0:18Shocking graphics!
1:35Eric Clapton!
2:36I don’t know how anyone gets anything done with nails like that.
3:57Although it appears suicide is achievable.
4:59My birthday wish would be to take a bath in peace.
6:00Baywatch makes the beaches look a lot more glamorous.
6:31What is up with all these naked people? I don’t like it.
10:26Woah, must we pan up to the sun? I don’t want to be blinded by films.
14:09So, he’s unorthodox but good at his job. Got it.
17:26There’s the Eric Clapton music.
17:53Unorthodox, good at his job, and also troubled.
18:50She describes him as psychotic. I’m with her.
21:14There is nothing that dates a movie quite like a saxophone.
29:22He’s funny. I like him.
33:22That is one epic bouncy castle.
34:16He has reeeeally bad hair.
35:54What the… is that meant to be a mobile? It’s a suitcase.
39:04It doesn’t look much like Christmas.
47:09“I don’t make things complicated, that’s just the way they get all by themselves.”
57:26He’s quite a good shot!
1:00:46That’s a complete rip-off of “Don’t tell him, Pike!”
1:16:46Is he going far away because he’s a good shot?
1:19:14Surely they just want him dead. Why didn’t they just shoot him?
1:23:00How do you stop a car with a helicopter?
1:29:26He went very Sayid for a moment there.
1:35:56Woah, loads of flames. I love it.
1:37:01He’s letting him drive, finally. Bless.
1:40:41Why are they fighting? He was pointing a gun at him just now, and there are a million police around.
1:41:47We’ve come to the conclusion it’s because he’s mental.
1:46:41“Do you want to come in, we’re building,” is a great chat up line.


This is one of those films that I’d definitely heard of but never really knew what it was all about. I didn’t even know Mel Gibson was in it! With no new movies on our radar to rent, we decided to dip into the archive.

The way this film started, I didn’t think it would be up to much. The graphics were so freaking terrible, and it couldn’t have been more 80s. Of course, it won me over, and the relationship between the two made it what it was. There were a few plot holes in my mind, but in the end, it was all good.

Rating: 4 / 5

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