Mel Gibson and Danny Murtaugh feed well off this original of the Lethal Weapon series. Their contrasting styles really lead to many funny lines and crazy scenes. The violence can be a bit much at times and the final fight scene is a bit far fetched. The movie is not meant to be taken to seriously. It is interesting how this dynamic duo escape their predicament and catch the bad guys in the end. Gary Busey is very believable as the lead drug dealer. Its a winner in my book.
Lethal Weapon was the first big stateside release for Mel Gibson. After living in Australia for many moons, he returns back to his homeland with this surprise hit. Mel Gibson stars as Riggs, a loose cannon cop who lives life on the edge. He takes many chances whilst he's on duty because he doesn't care about life anymore (since the death of his wife). He's partnered with Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a nearly retired cop who's counting the days until his retirement (aren't they always going to retire … more
Sgt. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is a L.A. police detective who has just turned 50. He's a good detective and enjoys the job, but is feeling the effects of age and is looking forward to retiring in a few years. Murtaugh is assigned to investigate the apparent suicide of one Amanda Hunsaker, the daughter of a wealthy bank executive and one of Murtaugh's former Vietnam War buddies. In addition, he's assigned a new partner, Sgt. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), a top of the line officer with a crazy edge. … more
LETHAL WEAPON is an action masterpiece, and one of my most favorite films. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star as two extremely mismatched cops; one is on the edge after losing his wife in a car crash, the other is a newly-turned 50-year-old just trying to keep alive. Together they're slowly learning to like each other; when they do, they'll have to try to take down a secret drug ring run by Vietnam vets. Richard Donner's directing is very good, from a witty script by Shane Black; the score, by Eric … more
Mel Gibson set aside his art-house credentials to star as a crazy cop paired with a stable one (Danny Glover) in this full-blown 1987 Richard Donner action picture. The most violent film in the series (which includes three sequels), it is also the edgiest and most interesting. After Gibson's character jumps off a building handcuffed to a man, and Gary Busey (as a cold, efficient enforcer) lets his hand get burned without flinching, there is a sense that anything can happen, and it usually does. Donner's strangely messy visual and audio style doesn't make a lot of aesthetic sense, but it stuck with all four movies. The DVD release includes production notes, Dolby sound, theatrical trailer, optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, optional French soundtrack, and optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.--Tom Keogh