Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Corrected entry: When Murtaugh and Leo pull up to is house he tells Leo to stay in the car and don't go anywhere. Leo I think he says he's cold so Murtaugh turns the car on. While Murtaugh is in the house the bad guys jump in the car and the guy in the drivers seat starts the car when it was already running.

Correction: There is a significant period of time between the shots, more than enough time for Leo to turn the car off, which he would do when the car was warm enough.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When Riggs is explaining to Murtaugh's wife how he found out his wife was killed, this is not how it happens (in the US). No police department would come upon a wreck and not personally (or have the agency where the officer lives) notify Riggs of his wife's death. The police community is too close. Maybe small town PD's don't but LAPD has directives on how to handle family member deaths for officers. Even if Riggs weren't an officer, no police department or hospital or doctor notifies anyone's immediate family of a serious / tragic death by phone and then asks them to drive to the morgue to "sign the body out" (identify the remains). They would tell them to come to the hospital, or wherever, making sure they have a ride, and then tell them about the death in person.

Correction: This falls under "what should" be done or "what could" be done. Just because it wasn't done, doesn't make it a mistake.


Corrected entry: During the opening car chase, a car pulls out in front of Riggs and Murtaugh and blocks their path. Just before it pulls out, the headlights on Murtaugh's station wagon flash which is the cue for the other stunt driver to move.

Correction: We don't know for sure it is a signal for the car to move. During a car chase, the occupants get thrown around and slide around on the seat, etc, making it more than possible the light switch can be switched on or off, let alone the fact that a short in the wiring could also cause it. Stunt drivers are generally using radios and have rehearsed the scene ad infinitum to do the scene, and flashing headlights may not be clear as a signal.

Corrected entry: In the opening scenes, Murtaugh and Riggs are pursuing and keeping up with a far faster BMW 635i in a big heavy Oldsmobile Delta 88 Wagon. Anyone who knows anything about cars knows that there is NO way a Delta 88 wagon could keep up with a BMW 635i in any pursuit.

Correction: It is a stretch, but a lot depends on the driver, the grade of the road and unknown modifications can also factor in.

Corrected entry: This film was banned in South Africa in 1989. The trailers played on TV but after about a week the movie disappeared without a trace. It was eventually shown on TV in 1998.

Correction: The movie was far from being banned in South Africa and "disappearing without a trace", it was passed uncut by the South African censor board (albeit with a heavy age restriction) and was one of the most popular releases that year.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Murtah is fighting with the two guys in his garage he shoots them with a nail gun. These nail guns run on compressed air, yet there is no air hose attached to the gun. You can see this when he raises the gun to shoot the guy through the plastic.

Correction: It is a cordless nail gun. It uses a black powder charge, like a blank round for a gun, to power the gun. Both cops pull their guns on the contractor in an earlier scene when the nail gun is first used.


Corrected entry: After Rudd and his men enter the office the hiding Riggs closes the door behind them. However, after Riggs shoots the aquarium he leaves through the open door. (01:03:20)


Correction: After Riggs shoots the aquarium it cuts to the bad guys trying to pick up the fish which gives Riggs plenty of time to open the door. As a matter of fact you can see the door move when the scene cuts back to him as he says 'Big Smiles', mocking the arian salute.

Corrected entry: When Riggs is being attacked at his trailer, his MP-5 continues to blaze away. The MP-5 will empty a 30 round magazine in about 3 seconds.

Correction: It's obvious when you see a man cocks his MP in the helicopter that they are using extended clips which can hold hundreds of bullets. The clips wrap around the sides of the gun and make the MP5 look almost like an old-fashioned Tommy gun.

Corrected entry: If all the villains in this film are protected by diplomatic immunity, why is the guy who tried to kill Joe Pesci in the hotel running from Riggs and Murtaugh when they find his house? They couldn't have done anything to him anyway.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: It's quite natural to panic when two armed police officers who witnessed you commit a felony (like attempted murder) turn up at your house looking for you. He was not thinking about immunity, he just wanted to get away from them.


Corrected entry: The equipment that's supposed to protect Riggs and Murtaugh from the ill effects of the loo bomb is more than insufficient: just a vest, no helmet, no face shield, and nothing for Murtaugh's rather endangered private parts. Furthermore, if the mechanism was triggered by the removal of Murtaugh's weight from the seat there would certainly have been a way to simulate the weight mechanically. (00:54:00)


Correction: That equipment would most likely have been all they had that would not require Murtaugh to get up to put it on, and was probably more to make him feel safer than to protect him. After all, he was sitting on top of a considerable amount of plastic explosive. What could save him if that went off? For all they know the bomb could be triggered by a change in the initial weight (ie. adding or removing something to fool it). Not worth the risk.

J I Cohen

Corrected entry: In the scene where the toilet blows up, smashes through the window and hits the station wagon, it is clear that the windshield on the car has been broken already and duct taped in place.

Correction: The windshield had been replaced temporarily after Riggs had kicked it out when they were chasing the red BMW.


Corrected entry: Throughout this movie, Mel Gibson slips in and out of his Australian accent.


Correction: I don't think Mel ever tried to hide his accent. As he moved back to the states later in life, his accent started to fade over the years. At that point in his life his accent wasn't as pronounced, but you could identify it when he said certain words or phrases. Given his chequered past though, a certain hint of a non-American accent isn't entirely inappropriate.

Jack's Revenge

Corrected entry: At the docks near the end of the film Riggs shoots a guy multiple times and says names Shapiro, Wyler, Cavanaugh, Rika. When his saying Wyler's name his mouth is closed.

Correction: After seeing this many times Riggs is not actually saying the names. It is in his head he's saying them.

Corrected entry: After he's been thrown into the water, Riggs dislocates his left shoulder, but hits the car with his right shoulder to relocate it. (01:24:45)

Correction: It is his right shoulder that he dislocates both times. Under water you can even see him holding his right shoulder


He dislocates the left shoulder to reach underneath the jacket but when it's off he holds the right.

Correction: He dislocates the left to reach under the jacket - you can see him jerk the left shoulder. But once the jacket is off he holds the right shoulder.

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.

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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.

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