Lethal Weapon 2

Factual error: In the scene where Riggs drops the container, there were only two buttons on the control. I've never seen a hoist with a drop button, just an up and down and they are pretty slow. (01:39:25)

EMTurbo
8

Factual error: All vehicles sold in the U.S. since the 1950s have federally-mandated laminated windshields. When the surfboard crashes through the windshield of the truck, the windshield shatters like ordinary unlaminated glass.

6

Factual error: When Riggs and Murtaugh rappel from the container they have no gloves. Considering how fast they descended 20-30 feet, their hands would have suffered very bad rope burn.

Ian Hunt
6

Factual error: In the scene where Riggs and Murtaugh are in the police car, they intercept a transmission in Afrikaans for the first time in the movie. Except it's definitely not Afrikaans (my home language). I think it's Vlaams or Dutch.

Factual error: When Riggs and Murtaugh make the car go through the container door it has only a few meters to accelerate. It would have never been able to gain enough speed to leave the container almost horizontally. (01:36:15)

NancyFelix
2

Factual error: Nail guns like the one used as a weapon here can not be fired unless the tip is pressed against a hard surface. It will not fire a nail at someone across any space. The first guy is killed by pressing the gun to his forehead, but the second is hit from several inches away (evidenced by the length of each nail still sticking out of the guy instead of them being fully into his body with only the nail heads showing.

johnrosa
1

Factual error: The amount of money that leaves the cargo container when Riggs and Murtaugh use the car as a battering ram is nowhere near what was inside considering there were at least 4 or so pallets in front of the car. The car didn't have anywhere near the momentum to drive 'through' the pallets and leave them inside.

GalahadFairlight
1

Factual error: When the guys arrive at the stilted home, a 'rollback' wrecker (flatbed tow truck) is shown with its bed raised and tilted to load car. At the higher, forward end of the bed is a massive 'guard' (shaped somewhat like a rollbar) that the warning lightbar is mounted on. This guard is specifically there to prevent a carried vehicle from being able to move forward past the front end of the bed. It is not possible for the car that is struck to go over the cab of the truck as it did, as this guard raises with the bed, and is reinforced to hold the car back, not breakaway in the flimsy fashion that it does. (00:37:20 - 00:42:35)

johnrosa

Factual error: In the scene where the car blasts out the container, the weight of those stacks of money would make it impossible, for a car parked so close to them, to blast them out the way like it does. There must be around 18 pallets of money stacked up on top of each other, even if they only weighed around 500kg each, that's 9000kg.

Bungleboy

Factual error: Towards the end of the movie, Gibson shoots padlocks with his pistol to break them to get into a truck. Mythbusters has proven this cannot be done with ordinary weapons, or even much more powerful weapons.

logician

Deliberate mistake: The way diplomatic immunity is depicted in the movie is extremely inaccurate. While technically a sufficiently ranking diplomat could perform the acts shown in the movie without being subject to arrest, their home government would be requested to turn the diplomats over for trial, or the diplomat would be declared persona non grata and expelled from the country. A drug smuggling ring and murdering multiple policemen is far, far more serious than actual crimes that diplomats have been expelled (or handed over for trial) for in the real world. Additionally, the consul general and his officers would not be considered diplomats. They would only have limited consular immunity with regards to "official acts" in the course of consular business.

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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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Question: I have heard a rumour that there is a deleted scene where Riggs kills the two guys who dropped him off the pier in a straight-jacket. Apparently it was too violent to keep in. If this is true then where could I see the deleted scene?

Answer: This scene is already in the movie (maybe only the Director's Cut). Riggs surfaces just off the pier, picks up a chain, strangles one man with it and breaks the other man's neck. The scene is cut considerably for play on television and in all versions of the movie in the UK prior to the 2010 UK blu-ray release (including the Directors Cut) - although some TV airings since 2000 have used the full uncut version.

Jason Hoffman
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