Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon (1987)

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Corrected entry: When Hunsaker gets shot through the window we hear the sound of a pane shattering, but there is only a small hole with a few cracks in the glass (not really typical for an ordinary window anyway). (01:04:05)


Correction: The window had two panes of glass. One pane shattered and the second one only had a single hole.

Corrected entry: When the General's car has turned turtle, there's a lot of white material on the road that looks like several square meters of carton sheets and whose purpose I'm not able to tell, but which certainly doesn't belong there. (01:31:20)


Correction: It sounds like you're describing the shot after the car explodes after being hit by the bus. The white squares are the bags of heroin that spilt out of the car when it flipped (you see some of the bags left in the car that the grenades are sitting on).


Corrected entry: When Riggs and Murtaugh get into the car after Riggs bought a hotdog, there is a car waiting next to them with four elderly ladies who are all staring at the scene of the movie shooting. (00:27:45)


Correction: The 4 people in the car (it's clear one of them, if not 2, is a man) are stopped at a red-light and make no unusual glances or gestures that a normal person would do at a red-light.


Corrected entry: After Murtaugh interrogates the little boy he walks away. In the background the boy raises his arm to wave after them but stops in the middle, obviously stopped by the crew, and smiles embarrassedly. (01:00:40)


Correction: First, he smiles before raising his arm and it's not a smile of embarrassment. Then he does lift his arm, but it appears to be in no way a wave good-bye nor is there any crew member obviously stopping him. And after Mel Gibson starts to walk away, he's in front of the kid for the most part, so we can't see what else the kid does. Nothing about the kid's affect would be considered unusual for a kid in a similar situation of the movie's events.


Corrected entry: When Murtaugh pulls up to Amanda Hunsacker's crime scene at the beginning of the film, a crew member is seen in the rear view mirror of his car. (00:09:15)


Correction: After watching the scene, there's nothing to indicate any crew member in the rear view mirror. The only thing you see is Murtaugh's head and vehicles/building passing by. Even in the side mirror there's no obvious crew member (the area was surrounded by on-lookers and cops and what seems to be someone in the side mirror could be one of them).


Corrected entry: When Amanda lies on the roof of the car we see the shadows of two people walking by, obviously taking no interest in the rather peculiarly positioned dead woman. Even in an uncompassionate City like L.A. one should expect that passers-by take at least a closer look at an accident scene like this one. (00:04:10)


Correction: Without seeing the people there's no way to tell that they were "showing no interest". They could've been hotel personnel going towards a phone to call an ambulance.

Corrected entry: After Riggs has beaten Joshua, Murtaugh is holding Riggs after he collapses. Riggs is facing away from the action of Joshua getting cuffed, yet reacts along with Murtaugh to shoot him, then collapses again. And where was Riggs' gun the whole time during the fight? It wasn't in his waistband where he always carried it, and no holster. It just conveniently reappears when needed.

Movie Nut

Correction: First off, Riggs turned around because Murtaugh turned, and pulled his gun, Riggs would have easily known what was going on. Secondly, Murtaugh had Riggs' gun. Riggs just pulled it from Murtaugh.


Corrected entry: Murtaugh and Riggs believe Joshua is going to Murtaugh's home to kill his family. So they have two uniform officers in a patrol car out front of the house, seemingly guarding Murtaugh's family. Magically, tho, Murtaugh and Riggs have beat Joshua there, and are hiding nearby while the family has been removed. The uniform cops are apparently never told who is coming, what he's capable of, looks like, or is driving, as they are very accommodating when Joshua arrives, and are quickly executed. Considering the events prior, this situation is ludicrously inept. Murtaugh and Riggs wouldn't just sacrifice two officers like that. (01:37:15)


Correction: Murtaugh and Riggs did not beat Joshua there. Joshua entering Murtaugh's house and finding that it was empty indicated that before Riggs and Murtaugh set out on their mission to get Murtaugh's daughter back, they hid his family away as well. They didn't want to show them moving the family because when you think Joshua's about to get the family it increases dramatic effect, but, as I said earlier, they were really already gone. Murtaugh and his family had already been targeted by the drug dealers, so the pair of cops were stationed outside of Murtaugh's house in case the drug dealers came back to it. That all DOES happen: the drug dealer (singular now) came back to the house looking for the family, but they were already gone. Riggs and Murtaugh return not out of desperation to save Murtaugh's family (since they're already safe) but to not let Joshua get away. Riggs and Murtaugh arrive only to find the cops guarding the house very visibly dead, so they set a quick distraction for Joshua and placed him under arrest. Riggs and Murtaugh did NOT sacrifice anyone, and they did NOT arrive before Joshua.

Corrected entry: Mr. Jeremy's assault rifle at the end of the movie has a silencer at the end, but it is just as loud, if not louder, than Riggs's submachine gun.

Correction: Firstly, Gary Busey's character is called Mr Joshua and secondly his gun doesn't have a sound suppressor, it's called a flash supressor: http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Lethal_WeaponColt_XM177_Commando.


Corrected entry: In the Christmas tree lot scene, an ambusher appears behind Riggs and shoots at the drug dealer on the left wearing a blue jacket. He only gets shot once, yet as he falls backward there are several bullet holes in his shirt.

Correction: The dealer gets shot with a shotgun which sprays pellets not just a single bullet.


Corrected entry: When Riggs and Murtaugh arrive at Dixie's house, the boys playing on the street immediately identify them as police officers. The clothes Riggs and Murtaugh are wearing and the car their driving, give no indication that they are police officers. So how could the boys know this? (01:02:30)


Correction: Several possible explanations. Perhaps the boys have seen Riggs and Murtaugh specifically before, for instance. It's also possible these young children, having lived in what is obviously not exactly the best sort of neighborhood, are very street wise and can recognize the pair as police by their behavior or some other indicator.

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Corrected entry: After having visited Murtaugh's house and family for the first time, Riggs tells him outside a story from Vietnam, how he "shot a man from 1000 yards in the windy weather" and adds: "That's the only thing I ever been good at." Talk about understatement. Of course he's nothing else but martial arts expert, ladykiller, wisecracking innocent people's life saviour and bad boys' biggest nightmare who can make it through almost impossible situations.


Correction: Not really trivia. Riggs thinks lowly of himself. thinking that he is only good at one thing, killing no less, upholds his belief.


Corrected entry: When the little boy points at Riggs' tattoo he could hardly see it as Riggs' sleeve was down. Only when it's pulled up does the tattoo become visible. (01:00:20)


Correction: The tattoo is visible when Riggs and Murtaugh are walking up to the children. His sleeve comes down during the scene, but the boy would have seen the tattoo earlier and remembered it being the same.

Corrected entry: A green car is parked at the side of Dixie's house before the explosion. Between shots it gets replaced by a brown car surrounded by people, then it changes back to the green car and drives off, away from the road. (00:55:55)


Correction: Not so. There is a side street along the side of Dixie's home. On the far side of that street, a brown car has its hood and trunk open with people near it. On the closer side of that same side street, a blue 1960s Impala convertible is parked facing away from camera, partially obscured by Dixie's home. There is one very quick shot where you can see both cars are there, but the rest of the angles show one while hiding the other. When the house explodes, the blue car takes off- perhaps driven by the bomber, or simply a bystander getting out of the way. No error.


Corrected entry: The car that Mr Joshua shoots Riggs from and the car that Mr Joshua later steals from the highway are the same car. (01:05:50 - 01:26:30)

Correction: Same model and color, but the plates are never readable, and as they are fairly new at the time of the film, it's not unlikely to see more than one. Absent an obvious, unique identifier, this isn't really a solid mistake.


Corrected entry: The house that was bombed was also the family home seen in "The Partridge Family".

Correction: Actually, not even a close resemblance. Dixie's house is practically a shack while the Partridge Family home was enormous. Do a Google image search to see the huge differences.


Corrected entry: When Riggs runs after Mr. Joshua, who is trying to escape in the stolen car, Murtaugh shouts after him that Mr. Joshua is heading for the freeway. How on earth does he know that, especially since Joshua was going into some odd direction which allowed Riggs to shortcut him on foot and get ahead of him? (01:27:25)


Correction: Murtagh, like Joshua, knows these streets, and Joshua's direction suggests he's heading for the freeway. Murtagh also shouts a shortcut to Riggs, which is what allows Riggs to catch up to Joshua.


Corrected entry: Another mistake says: "In the scene where the girl jumps to her death from the balcony, it shows her hitting the car towards the right halfway onto the windshield. Then in the next shot, it shows her laying right in the middle of the roof of the car." Also, the car in the first shot is not a real one but part of a painted "air-cushion" which stuntmen jump on from high places in order to land in safety. You can see it on the DVD by advancing the scene frame by frame until, in the last frame, the double touches the air-cushion and wrinkles it. (00:04:05)

Correction: Mistakes found via slo-motion are not valid.


Corrected entry: When Murtaugh hears that the suicidal Jumper's parents are Michael and Clair Hunsaker, he whispers "Claire!" even though he only knows Michael Hansaker, who, as we learn in the beginning from the conversation he had with his wife, saved Murtaugh's life in Vietnam.

Correction: Murtaugh and Hunsacker have kept in touch since the war. Naturally Murtaugh would know Hunsacker's wife's name.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: After Dixie's house has been blown up Murtaugh starts patting Riggs' back, telling him that his coat is on fire, which it is not. (00:56:10)


Correction: If you look closely, Riggs' jacket is not fully in flames, but is smoldering because some embers fell on it. Murtaugh says "You're on fire" as a euphamism.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: The target that Murtaugh shoots through the "nose" already has the hole in place when he hangs it up. (It's not the design of the target, because the one that he takes down a few seconds before has no hole in that spot.) (01:03:15 - 01:04:00)

Correction: It IS the design of the target and this is visible at three points. 1. In the beginning of the movie when Murtaugh spends some time by himself by the gun range (this is in the directors cut version before he teams up with Riggs). 2. The target Murtaugh takes down in the scene in question actually has this mark but one must look really carefully to see it. 3. When Riggs sends the target out again to shot the smile face there are two marks in the head. One bullet hole and one mark.

Corrected entry: On the video,when Riggs does the last target practice, he only shoots 7 shots, but when the target comes up there are two shots for the eyes, one for the nose, and five for the mouth, for a total of eight.

Correction: The hole for the nose was actually made by Murtaugh, then Riggs uses the same target and puts the 2 eyes and 5 mouth holes around Murtaughs initial shot thus making 8 holes.

Corrected entry: When Riggs and Murtaugh leave the bank, Riggs stops for a hot dog. The next time you see him, he is getting into the car and the hot dog is almost not eaten at all. Before that, it is almost gone.

Correction: In the car, Riggs is holding the hotdog in his other hand and we see the other, unbitten end. Besides, there's no cut that would have allowed any tampering.


Corrected entry: When the guy from the bank is explaining the whole plot of the movie to Danny Glover just before Gary Busey shoots him from the helicopter, If you look out the window Mel Gibson is outside smoking looking up at them. Every time it cuts to a shot showing him he is standing in a different place or has disappeared altogether.

Correction: Mel Gibson's character is wandering around outside. Coupled with the changing camera angles inside the office, it is no wonder that he can't be seen in some of them.

Corrected entry: When Mel Gibson is crying over his wife's picture, he pulls the magazine out of his pistol, ejects the round that is in it and pulls out the hollow point. He pulls back the slide on the Beretta 9mm and locks it open. He places the bullet in the breech and closes the slide. When he points the gun at himself, the hammer is not cocked to fire, although the slide was pulled back, which would have pushed the hammer down to be fired.

Correction: The pistol Riggs uses is the Beretta 92F. When the safety is on and the slide is pulled back and then closed, the hammer SAFELY falls. The shooter can at that time click off the safety, and then fire the gun double action. Or, then the shooter can click off the safety, pull back the hammer and fire the gun single action.

Corrected entry: Just an observation. When Mr. Joshua calls the police to verify Riggs has been killed, he says he is from KCOP news, or K-"COP". Interesting choice of letters.

Correction: KCOP are not letters made up by Mr. Joshua, it is television station that exists in the movie. In the scene where Riggs brings the suicidal jumper down off of the ledge, you can see a KCOP van by the crowd. But yes, it is an interesting choice of letters anyhow.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Mel Gibson is being tortured by electrical shocks, he is stripped to the waist and barefoot. He breaks free, and after escaping by shooting his way out of the night-club, as he pursues Gary Busey on foot, he suddenly has running shoes on.

Correction: His shoes and everything else are in the room where he rescues Murtagh and his daughter. If you look really fast you'll see him put his shoes on.

Corrected entry: When Mr. Joshua gives Riggs one final chance to tell what he knows, before being tortured by Endo, he says something to the effect of, "Endo here has forgotten more about torture than you or I will ever know." Okay...so, does he remember anything then? I get that at one point he knew more than they, but how much of that has he forgotten? Maybe he now knows less.


Correction: Stop being overly analytical here. Mr Joshua said that because he is hyperbolizing. Endo knows so much about dispensing pain that he is just saying that to make Riggs nervous.

Corrected entry: In the Director's Cut version, when we first meet Riggs, he is depressed and throws something at the TV, destroying the TV. He goes to work, and that night is shown to be watching a Warner Bros. cartoon on the TV, which shows no sign of damage.

Correction: But later in that version, we see him arrive home with a new TV.

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