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ON THIS DAY, 1989...

On 7th July 1989, Lethal Weapon 2 was released in theatres. The 1989 American buddy cop action film was. Directed by Richard Donner. It is the second instalment in the Lethal Weapon series, following the success of the original 1987 film. Here are some key details about the movie:


Plot

Lethal Weapon 2 continues the story of LAPD detectives Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (played by Danny Glover). The plot revolves around the duo as they face off against South African drug dealers who are using their diplomatic immunity to engage in criminal activities in Los Angeles.


The film opens with Riggs and Murtaugh in a high-speed car chase. They soon discover that the criminals they are pursuing are part of a larger South African smuggling operation led by Arjen Rudd (played by Joss Ackland), who uses his diplomatic status to evade prosecution.


As they dig deeper into the case, Riggs and Murtaugh uncover a conspiracy involving drug trafficking and money laundering.


Cast

  • Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs

  • Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh

  • Joe Pesci as Leo Getz, a fast-talking federal witness

  • Joss Ackland as Arjen Rudd, the main antagonist and South African diplomat

  • Derrick O'Connor as Pieter Vorstedt, Rudd's henchman

  • Patsy Kensit as Rika Van Den Haas, Rudd's secretary who becomes romantically involved with Riggs


Themes and Style

Lethal Weapon 2 retains the blend of action, comedy, and drama that characterized the first film. It explores themes of friendship, justice, and the battle against corruption, with Riggs and Murtaugh's partnership at the heart of the story. The film is known for its intense action sequences, including car chases, shootouts, and stunts, as well as its witty dialogue and humorous moments, often provided by Joe Pesci's character, Leo Getz.


Reception

Lethal Weapon 2 was a commercial success, grossing over $227 million worldwide against a budget of approximately $25 million. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the chemistry between Gibson and Glover, the entertaining action scenes, and the addition of Pesci to the cast. The film's success led to creating two more sequels, Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998).


Legacy

The Lethal Weapon series is considered one of the quintessential buddy cop franchises in film history. Lethal Weapon 2, in particular, is often noted for effectively balancing action and humour, contributing to the series' enduring popularity and influencing future films in the genre.

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