Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Continuity mistake: When Riggs is thrown off the tow truck and rolls across the ground the Ryder truck that was just overtaken by the tow truck disappears and reappears between shots. (00:37:25)


Factual error: Diplomatic immunity does not give a foreign diplomat carte blanche to openly and brazenly commit extreme crimes in their host country. Arjen Rudd and his men are known money launderers. Once Riggs begins harassing Rudd at the consulate, Rudd launches a violent campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department, assassinating half a dozen police officers. At the very least, the United States would be well within their rights to expel Rudd from the country and bar his re-entry. There is no way the South African government would oppose prosecution of Rudd given these circumstances, doing so would fracture all diplomatic relations with the United States. It is absurd for Rudd to shoot a cop and smugly proclaim "Diplomatic immunity!" after he has done so because it is not a "get out of jail free" card. If Rudd were expelled, he could face prosecution in his home country.


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Suggested correction: Before the federal government would declare a diplomat persona non grata, which would be a serious degradation of the diplomatic relations between two countries), they would first have to do an investigation. The entire movie seems to take place in less than a week. There was probably not enough time, especially since Riggs and Murtaugh are playing things close to the vest and not letting people know what they are doing. As for the "Diplomatic immunity" line, he's just being insulting towards Murtaugh.


While it is true that it's difficult to actually expel a diplomat, the mistake is that Rudd acts as if it is impossible. The movie operates as if diplomatic immunity makes it impossible to arrest a diplomat. And Rudd is doing more than just taunting Roger, he believes right up until the end that he can't be held accountable for his actions, up to and including murdering a cop.


Continuity mistake: As Murtagh's car pulls up behind the small pickup, a man is reaching into the bed of the truck from the left side of the truck. But as soon as Riggs steps out of the car, the man is instantly behind his truck. (00:37:25)


Plot hole: In the opening chase scenes, the bad guys are using hand-held radios to communicate, and several shots show that all the police are hearing them. These professional criminals would not be broadcasting their criminal activities on a police frequency, nor are the police and their dispatchers monitoring scanners to pick up the criminals' frequency. So neither side should be hearing the other. (00:01:50)


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.


Continuity mistake: When Riggs loses his gun during his tow-truck ride there's a white fence on the left side of the road. When Murtaugh stops the car and Leo "gets" it, there's no fence anywhere. (00:35:55)


Revealing mistake: In Rudd's office Riggs stops the first attacker with a good head butt. He misses the guy's face and just touches the chest a little, but in the next shot the guy is dramatically holding his nose. (01:01:45)


Continuity mistake: After leaving the Embassy, when Murtaugh pulls over after Leo says there's a deli, he parks in front of a white car and is near a bush and some grass on the ground. From inside the car, the white car is no longer present and when the door is ripped off, they are now parked in a different spot, no bush or grass is around.


Continuity mistake: When Pieter throws a knife at Riggs from offscreen, it sticks into his leg. Note that most of the blade is still visible. All things considered, the knife could have been able to penetrate maybe two, three inches into the skin (at best). But look closely in the following shot as well as subsequent shots where Pieter starts kicking Riggs in the face and you'll notice how the knife has managed to drive itself completely through and out the opposite side. Arguably the knife could be long enough and, with immense effort, this might be possible, but Pieter throwing a knife all the way through Riggs' thigh just seems absurd. (01:46:45)


Visible crew/equipment: When the hotel waiter aims his gun and takes a second shot at Riggs through the flatbed's rear window, a camera truck makes a brief appearance on the right. (00:40:50)


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Continuity mistake: When Riggs jumps from Murtaugh's station wagon to catch up with the BMW on foot, he springs onto its rear window and asks the driver for proof of insurance. Interior brake lights are shining on his clothes before he falls to the pavement. Seconds later the driver stops to take a shot at Riggs, but now the BMW is missing the interior brake light altogether. (00:03:40)


Continuity mistake: After Riggs' Houdini-esque underwater escape, he makes his way to the pair of hitmen on the docks above. One of them gets thrown through a car door's glass window, and Riggs uses that same door to bash his head repeatedly. As Riggs is dealing the blows, pay attention during the close-up shots and you'll see reflections in a brand new piece of glass. (01:32:50)


Continuity mistake: After inviting Rika to his trailer, Riggs walks inside and opens his fridge to get a beer. On top of the TV nearby is a VCR. Flash forward to the helicopter attack scene where Rika and Riggs are about to escape through Sam's doggy door. Here you can see there's no longer any VCR on the TV set. (01:14:20 - 01:24:15)


Continuity mistake: When the hotel waiter shoots at Riggs through the flatbed tow truck's rear window, Riggs manages to cling to a handle on the passenger's side and avoid being hit. However, immediately before the waiter runs out of bullets and throws down his gun, look sharp and you'll see how all of the window's busted glass is once again intact, like new. (00:40:50)


Visible crew/equipment: When Riggs turns up at the house as the pool cleaner you can see the reflection of the camera crew in the window as he walks along the balcony.

Visible crew/equipment: When they fall out of the hotel and into the pool the side shot shows two dark things under the water - this is the under water crew filming the close ups of the actors. The crew cannot be seen in any other scenes around the pool, only on the entry scene.

Audio problem: In the shoot out scene in the stilt house, Riggs is running up the stairs and falls - he has his Beretta in his hand, finger off the trigger, but you can hear it fire three shots. No one else is around or shooting at him, since the bad guys are on the run.

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Continuity mistake: At the end when the shootout on the Alba Varden has finished, as police cars are shown driving over the bridge while Murtaugh attends to the wounded Riggs in the cargo area, the sky is pitch dark. Two minutes later when the credits are rolling, the sky is now much lighter. (01:46:40 - 01:49:00)


Other mistake: During the "high speed chase," Murtaugh stops the car so that Leo can retrieve Riggs' dropped gun from the side of the road. He picks it up and runs back to the car. Murtaugh says, "Give me that," and takes the gun from Leo. But, Murtaugh, being in the driver's seat, wouldn't be able to reach over the passenger seat and a foot or so outside of the car to grab the gun from Leo. It looks like someone in the passenger's seat just reached out and grabbed it.

Continuity mistake: After Riggs uses his truck to pull down part of the house on stilts, the tow cable on the back of his truck disappears as he drives away while the house is falling.

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: When Leo is cleaning Riggs' house, you can hear the song "I'm Not Scared" by the group Eighth Wonder. Patsy Kensit, who portrays Rika Van Den Haas in the movie, was the lead singer of the group.

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Question: After the car crash near the start, Riggs finds that the driver has disappeared, and says "This guy's Mandrake." What does that mean?

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Chosen answer: 'Mandrake the Magician' was a comic strip that was popular (at least in Australia) in the 1970s. It featured the title character that was able to perform very elaborate magic tricks (including disappearing acts).

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