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.


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.

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