Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Corrected entry: In the opening scene when Riggs and Murtaugh are driving through the tunnel, Riggs states over the radio that they are "East bound, on foot..." when they are driving a vehicle. (00:00:40)

Correction: He says "we're east bound on Fourth", not foot.


Corrected entry: When Riggs confronts the South Africans in the Embassy, he beats up two of them before aiming his gun at Arjen, Vorstedt, and the two other remaining South Africans. However, after he shoots the fish tank, there are three South Africans scrambling to pick up the fish as Arjen directs them, and Vorstedt was not one of them (he remained standing ahead of the tank). No-one else could have entered the room, and it isn't plausible that either of the two that Riggs viciously beat would've recovered so quickly.

Correction: First off, no one was "viciously beat" by Riggs. He head-butted one guy and kicked the second guy (not hard, just enough to push him away causing him to fall). However, before he shoots the fishtank, we see the guy who got head-butted get up when Vorstedt snaps his fingers.


Corrected entry: When Rika hands Rudd his morning faxes they are not faxes but printed sheets folded in the middle. Plus, in those days faxes would have been thermo printed and shown a tendency to roll up, since, as she said, they had just arrived in the morning. (00:48:00)


Correction: Not all fax machines in 1989 used thermal paper. In 1985 GammaLink introduced a computer based fax board, and by 1989 other companies, such as Xerox, allowed fax machines to be linked to computers with add-on PC boards which allowed users to view (and print) fax information from their computers. Even if that wasn't the case, a file clerk or secretary may have made photocopies of the faxes to prevent them from rolling or being damaged.


Corrected entry: Right before a chase ensues near the stilt house, at the point where the hotel waiter hijacks a flatbed truck at gunpoint, notice how its passenger side door has no mirror (all it's got is a metal assembly, no mirror). But moments later when Riggs climbs along the truck and tries to get a better look him, he does so through a passenger side mirror. How did it get there in the midst of a chase? (00:39:30 - 00:40:30)


Correction: The tow truck has a passenger side door mirror the entire time. You see the mirror when the gunman says "give me your keys" and even when he's getting into the driver seat. There is a shot when the door is open and you only see the metal support, but the mirror is still there.


Corrected entry: When Riggs rolls over the front of the recovery truck, as he goes over and stops, he bounces, because there is a platform out of shot that Riggs lands on, that is removed in the later wide shots.


Correction: The front of the tow truck has a frame-mounted winch that Riggs landed on. It is visible in frontal shots of the truck.

Corrected entry: The building used for the South African Consulate is actually a bank. When Roger and Leo are thrown out, the glass front doors are marked with winged logos and consulate lettering that is dark in color, but one door has additional white lettering that says "Open to Serve You, Monday - Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am - 6pm"- rather out of character for a consulate. (01:06:30)


Correction: While a consulate would undoubtedly be staffed 24 hours for consular emergencies, it's not uncommon for one to maintain regular office hours for normal business such as visa applications.

Corrected entry: When Riggs emerges from the water after he has freed himself from the straightjacket he knocks out the two bad guys using both his arms. This wouldn't have worked as he had to dislocate his shoulder to wiggle himself out of the jacket, and he relocates it only after the fight. (01:24:55)


Correction: As pointed out in another correction, his arm will still function fully with a dislocated shoulder, albeit causing tremendous pain. However, Riggs was so enraged over the deaths of Rika and Victoria to likely have even noticed, let alone cared.

Corrected entry: When Riggs, Leo, and the bad guy crash through the hotel window they push the curtains to the side, but when they sail down into the pool the curtains are wrapped around them. (00:27:20)


Correction: When the three of them fell they took the tablecloth from the room service cart with them, not the window curtain.

Corrected entry: There's no way Riggs could have got to Rudd's building before Rudd did. Given that Rudd had a head start (after running the red light), Riggs somehow managed to not only beat him, but find a parking spot, steal a sign and be there waiting, while Rudd was doing a straight drive there. There's simply no way.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: Riggs drives like a madman, has a flashing light to get past traffic, and a badge to get a parking spot and sign. He could do it.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When Riggs is on the recovery truck, he drops his gun and it lands on the left side of the road, but when Leo picks it up after Roger stops the car, its now on the opposite side of the road.

Correction: This is incorrect. Riggs drops the gun onto the right-hand side of the road, which is the same side Leo retrieves it from.


Corrected entry: When Murtaugh meets up with Riggs before he destroys the stilt house, you hear the tires of both their vehicles screech as they stop, yet they are on a gravel road.

Correction: I've squealed tires accelarating from a stop too fast on a gravel road before, so it's almost certain that the opposite is also possible.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the helicopters approach Riggs' trailer it's late night, but from inside it looks as if sunlight is falling through the window (the little lamp in front could not provide such brightness. (01:16:30)


Correction: My local Police Force bases it's helicopter at my local RAF base, and I've stood next to it. The lamp mounted under it is only some 12-16 inches in diameter, but produces something like a million candlepower or more.

Corrected entry: When Riggs is thrown underwater he dislocates his shoulder to free himself, and as he does this he properly just rests his right arm at his side. However, once the jacket thing is off, he spots Rika and frantically swims to her. When he does this he uses both his right and left arm. After dislocating my shoulder three times, I can guarantee you it's nearly impossible to swim like he did with even the lightest degree of a dislocated shoulder. It's not a matter of being able to deal with the pain of moving your arm (which at that moment Riggs probably could've done), but the fact that a dislocated shoulder doesn't allow the arm to flex/move or rotate much farther than from your side. This is also made apparent as a deliberate 'mistake' when he climbs up and kills both men, then reduces (relocates) his shoulder. A dislocated shoulder pretty much limits most movement of said arm.

Correction: Even given your personal experience, it is still only your opinion. I, myself, have dislocated my shoulder many times, since an accident in my early teens. I can move my arm in an almost full range of motion even when it is dislocated, but it hurts like hell. If I saw the woman I was in love with underwater, the pain wouldn't matter.

Corrected entry: In the beginning, when Riggs and Murtagh are chasing the BMW the red police beacon can be seen flashing inside the windscreen. When it then cuts to a conversation between Riggs and Murtagh inside the car and you can see the beacon but it's not on. Then it then cuts to the outside of the car and the beacon can be seen flashing once again.

Correction: The beacon is still on, but it has a back shield on it to keep it from blinding the driver. The flashing can just barely be noticed around the beacon where it meets the glass.


Corrected entry: Murtaugh and Riggs are partners since the first movie, they've been working cases together, drive together, Riggs has extra clothes at Murtaugh's house and yet Riggs had no idea that Murtaugh was having construction done, asking if it was an oxygen tent. Murtaugh is showing Riggs the garage and hobby room as if he'd never discussed it with him before. And it's not as if they just broke ground, the job is halfway complete, with the frame up and all. Obviously the dialogue was done for the viewer, not for the characters.

Correction: If it's obvious that this exposition was done for the viewers, then it's not a mistake. It's an accepted film making technique.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: Before Riggs tears down the embassy he and Murtaugh are seen outside discussing the course of action. Around them there's thick fog that disappears completely between shots. (01:28:35)


Correction: Not fog. As the vehicles arrive, Riggs' truck slides sideways a bit, kicking up dust that slowly disapates during the scene.


Corrected entry: Another gag that's too far from reality: How on earth can a car pull a supporting beam of solid mansion out the foundation? (01:30:20)


Correction: While this event is not very likely, the design of such a 'stilt' is intended to hold a vertical load (the weight of the house) up. The angled braces help to control lateral motion created by wind and such. Neither of these is designed to withstand deliberate attempts to pull the stilt out sideways near its base. Is it as easy to do as shown in the film? Perhaps not, but not impossible.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Riggs pulls the stilts out from under the house you can see the rear end come out from under the truck but then he backs up and jerks it again.


Correction: The axle is never shown coming free. At one point, the rear end of the truck lifts upward, allowing the wheels to drop quite a bit, but this is the effect of unloading the trucks weight from its rear leaf springs (jack up a car with a scissor jack under the rocker panel to see the same effect). Regardless, the cable he is using is attached to the truck frame, not the axle, so he can yank like this 'til the transmission fails and the axle mounts will never be at risk.


Corrected entry: When Danny Glover is thrown out of the South African's office, one of the security people turns his hand as if to lock the door. Yet for the rest of the scene, the door is shown the whole time and there is NO lock on the door. This apparent lock-free policy is keeping a whole heap of protesters outside.

Correction: No one actually makes a move to lock the doors, they simply hold them closed 'til they feel Roger isn't intending to come back in. The protestors outside surely know that entering would be trespassing, so they remain outside by choice, not because of locks. Lastly, there's no reason the doors can't have remote-controlled electronic locks (especially since they are the front doors of a very real bank lobby used for this scene).


Corrected entry: In the scene with the dive into the hotel pool the hotel balcony is protected by a solid wall. Therefore, only Riggs, who was rolling on the room service trolley, would have had a chance to fly over it, whereas Leo and the attacker should have ran into the wall. (00:27:20)


Correction: It isn't a 'solid wall' but an orange metal railing. Such railings only come up to about waist level. Given the forward momentum of all three struggling men, they could easily have lost balance and toppled over the railing.


Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, when Riggs is in the cargo area, a gunman shoots at him, he rolls and starts emptying the clip into him - you see the bullet holes in the gunman. But as Riggs is face to face with the gunman, the holes disappear.

More mistakes in Lethal Weapon 2

Rudd: Now we DO have a serious diplomatic situation here, which I will be taking up with your state department first thing in the morning.
Riggs: Whoa, you got me quakin' in my boots, but I'm still gonna bring you down.
Rudd: My dear officer, you could not even give me a parking ticket!

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Trivia: The first time we see Riggs in his trailer, there's an advert for some new aftershave called "Hero" on the TV. During the attack on his trailer later, there's a close-up shot of a bottle of aftershave being destroyed - freeze-frame it and you'll see the brand: "Hero" again.

Jon Sandys Premium member
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