Lethal Weapon 4

July 10th, 1998


Lethal Weapon 4

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Riggs, Butters & Murtaugh on the caseMartin and Lorna with PingJoe Pesci at event of Lethal Weapon 4Lorna & MartinRiggs and Murtaugh try to avoid being shotMartin in car

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.5/10 (66,303 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Richard Donner

Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci

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.

Writers: Shane Black, Jonathan Lemkin

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 - Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith - Carrie Murtaugh

Taglines: Next summer is lethal.


Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 10 July 1998

Filming Locations: Bradbury Building - 304 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $34,048,124 (USA) (12 July 1998) (3117 Screens)

Gross: $268,134,803 (Worldwide) (1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Kim Chan also played a crime lord nicknamed Uncle Benny in The Corruptor.

Continuity: In the opening scene when Riggs and Murtaugh are hiding behind the car, Murtaugh's shirt collar is alternately buttoned and unbuttoned.

Roger Murtaugh: Hey Riggs, why did you call him my son-in-law?
Lee Butters: 'Cause I aaaam.

User Review

An excellent movie

Rating: 8/10

Who said all movie series become worse with every installment? Lethal Weapon 4 is probably the best fourth movie in a series ever. I find it incredible that the magic is still there. The main characters still feed of each other and their friendship (both on set and off set) is clearly felt in every scene they have together. Mel Gibson has finally laid the ghost of his wife to rest and is as chipper as ever. He does this without seeming truly obnoxious (even though that is a part of his character). In fact he seems more likable in this film than he did in all the previous films. Danny Glover reprises his role from the previous movies and that is not a bad thing because the Murtaugh role is the best of his career. Rene Ruso returns in her part and although it has been cut down considerably its still a decent role. Joe Pesci is also back and this time around he gets to add some depth to the character (something that was missing in the previous film). Chris Rock is decent. He isn't much of an actor but he is pretty funny and fresh. His part also adds a little something to the all-round comedy of the film, but if you want to know what it is you will have to watch the movie yourself. Jet Li is the villain in this movie and while he is the weakest villain in the series acting wise, he is definitely the most menacing.

The action is still brilliant despite the fact that the actors are getting older. The story is decent for a fourth film and the overall execution is brilliant. I actually prefer this film to the second and third of the series because I find it to be more entertaining overall. It cuts down on the seriousness (even though its still there) and adds a lot to the comedy and this is a very good choice.

All in all an excellent film. Highly recommendable for all fans of action movies and the series in particular.



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