Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Visible crew/equipment: When the BMW flips over and slides across the pavement, a rope is briefly visible towing it along right before making contact with and destroying the storefront. (00:06:15)


Continuity mistake: After Murtaugh confirms the Alba Varden is a ship, one of Rudd's henchmen enters the house armed with a knife. Moments later when they're struggling by the hobby room's blueprint table, Murtaugh grabs the nail gun and shoots him in the forehead. Now right here, you can notice the sound of a knife being thrown to the floor as he reaches for his head. But when the henchman is up against the unhinged doors, he's once again holding a knife in his right hand. (01:21:55)


Visible crew/equipment: On the Alba Varden, just before Riggs gets hit in the leg by a knife, a shadow from the camera, as it moves backwards, can be seen on the orange container to the right of screen. (01:42:30)


Continuity mistake: When Captain Murphy is briefing Riggs and Murtaugh on their Leo Getz assignment, a small red No Smoking sign can be seen facing outwards on the desk. But as Riggs and Murtaugh stand up to leave, notice how the sign has momentarily turned itself around to face the Captain. (00:25:55)


Other mistake: When the car blasts out the container, the pallets which the money was on, don't come out with the money.


Revealing mistake: When Leo gets his Subway sandwich, he complains that it's tuna. When he holds it up a dark red lunch meat is visible, like salami.

Ian Hunt

Plot hole: Roger intercepts Riggs and blocks the path of his truck. After agreeing to a plan, we hear Riggs driving off. But his original path is still blocked and we don't see him pass behind Murtagh, so he must have reversed direction (which seems unlikely since he's continuing his drive to the same destination). But for his truck to have headed the other way, he'd have to turn it around first, but we hear it simply drive off. (01:35:40)


Continuity mistake: When Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to find the address Leo can't quite remember, Riggs is looking through an address book. Turning the pages, he gets to a yellow bit (possibly a different section), and so goes back a page. The angle changes half-way through this page turn, and the yellow page has disappeared, replaced with a page full of text. (00:34:55)

Jon Sandys Premium member

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when Murtaugh is holding Riggs, the position of the money keeps changing around them, yet no wind appears to be blowing.

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)


Visible crew/equipment: There's a shadow of a crew member moving across the lighted trees when Rudd asks Rita in front of the embassy whether she understood what had happened today. (00:44:10)


Continuity mistake: In the final shoot-out Riggs shoots a guy who is looking down a ladder. We see about four exit wounds on his back, but no injury in front, neither later when Murtaugh takes a look at the corpse. (01:37:30)


Continuity mistake: In the drive-thru scene you can see that the right half of the grill and both right headlights on the wagon are gone. When they pull up at Roger's in the scene where Leo gets kidnapped the right headlight is working. (00:45:20 - 01:03:15)


Other mistake: When Riggs kills the guy who murdered his wife by dropping that cargo crate on him it's obvious the crate has no bottom and it falls around him, not least because the body's height doesn't change as the crate falls, there's no sign of impact or crushing, he just stays perfectly upright as it hits the ground. (01:39:25)

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Suggested correction: This is simply not a mistake - we obviously know that the filmmakers didn't really crush an actor, but there's no visible clue of the SFX "deception."


Continuity mistake: When Riggs wins his straightjacket bet he pulls it over his head, but only because the formerly closed strap through his crotch is suddenly open. (00:08:40)


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.


Revealing mistake: When Riggs is holding on to the front of the tow truck, in some wider shots you see how his jacket is squeezed by the rope which ties him to the car. (00:37:00)


Continuity mistake: In the opening car chase the red BMW zips through a hotel arcade. On the right we see a guest waiting with a porter. The porter grabs a suitcase and runs towards the entrance, and the guest turns left and starts running away from the entrance. When the camera angle changes the guest is back where he was standing, but now he turns right and runs the other way. (00:03:00)


Continuity mistake: In the final scene where Riggs is in Murtaugh's arms the side shots show blood all over the left side of Riggs' face but the straight shots there is just a little on his left cheek and chin. (01:41:55)


Continuity mistake: This only for the Directors Cut edition of Lethal Weapon 2. In the added scene where Riggs charms the ladies at he Pool in the hotel where Leo is staying. Just as they wallk in to the pool area, you see a woman in a pink bikini get out of the pool almost completely. Then in the close up shot as Roger bends down to talk to someone, the woman in the pink bikini is getting out of the pool again. (00:26:30)

Arjen Rudd: Certain policemen in this city have become an intolerable nuisance. They are obviously onto us again. How do you propose to handle the situation?
Pieter Vorstedt: Warn them off. It's my experience that a scared cop is more useful than a dead one.
Arjen Rudd: A warning... Is that not a bit tame?
Pieter Vorstedt: Depends how you do it.

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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.

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