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Lethal Weapon 1 (1987)

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Lethal Weapon 1 (1987)


Mel Gibson
Danny Glover

Directed by Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon to me is one of the best buddy cop movie that I have seen, the combination of Sgt Martin Riggs and Sgt Roger Murtaugh is one of the best character pairing when it comes to this genre and we were given the honor to see this paring done by first class actors in Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

This movie combines high tense action with humor that makes you want to see more of these guys, as it ends you just find yourself desiring that it didn’t. From the very beginning this casting was set from someone high in heaven, because according to Wikipedia Casting director Marion Dougherty first casting suggestion was Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, which ended up being what we saw on screen.

They were both like a diamond in a rock, one an all-round good guy with a family man consisting of 3 children and the other a widower with suicidal intensions and nothing to live for until he met the first. These were Murtaugh and Riggs respectively and if you think you can cross any of these guys and just walk away… you got another thing coming.

The first of the four series is this one which was released in 1987; it stands as the introduction piece of how Murtaugh and Riggs met, and how they bonded. Murtaugh (Danny Glover) at that time was 50 years of age enjoying the life of being a straight shooter cop until he got partnered with a younger suicidal cop Riggs (38 at that time) (Mel Gibson) who no one wants to work with. 

Now both guys who are like a mix of crazy and normal must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.

As easy as this may sound on paper it wasn’t on screen, as we get to go through scenes after scenes of both parties ready to do what it takes to get the job done. The music score in this movie is one that you will love as it was done by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton, and David Sanborn. The Jazz feel is just exquisite, moving ahead my favorite scene in the movie; “Spoiler Alert” is where Riggs convinced a man that was going to jump to appreciate living. He did this by making the man live up to his word when he was threatening to jump, Riggs made him jump.

After this the duo went ahead to make 3 other films similar to this and they from my point of view were just as beautiful as this one was.

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