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.
Audio problem: In the scene where Leo explains how he launders the drug money and Roger says "You're a cheat", Leo says "Come on, everyone cheats a little, look at the pentagon." But when he says "look at the pentagon", it's dubbed in because the sound of his voice doesn't match his other dialogue, and if you read his lips it doesn't match either.
Plot hole: During Riggs' last fight with Adolph, Adolph holds the knife in his own hand as Riggs forces him to stab himself very slowly. At any point, Adolph could simply have let the knife fall or just tilt down before that happened. Nothing Riggs is doing is making such impossible. "Locking" his wrist does not prevent him from letting go of the knife. It only prevents him flexing his wrist. And this guy is a trained killer, fighting for his life. Better to battle for control of the knife than just let it kill you.
Continuity mistake: Near the end of the car chase you see a shot of the station wagon Riggs and Murtaugh are riding in get held up by a couple of police cars. The hood is popped open. The shot changes to the BMW crashing into the store window and then back to the station wagon. The hood is down.
Continuity mistake: When the bathroom explodes, from one angle we see the toilet come sailing out over the roof of a police truck parked at the front of the house. While the angles make it a bit tricky to judge, there's a definite leftward trajectory. We then cut to a closeup of Murtaugh's car, and the toilet lands on it as if it was flying to the right. Even if the angles are misleading, in the first shot the police truck and other cars are parked to the right of the exploding window. In the shot of Roger's car he's also parked to the right, but without all the cars visible around it which there should be.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Riggs and Rika are in the trailer while the men in the helicopters are shooting, after the scene where you see the T.V. fall down, You see the cabinet being shot. If you look carefully, you can see pieces of the cabinet fall down, then appear again. Director's cut.
Continuity mistake: When Hans first walks into the room with the fishtank, the plastic on the floor flaps up behind him as he walks, ending up folded up on itself without much space between the man and the end of the plastic. When he gets shot and falls back onto it, it's perfectly flat and he's a lot further forward.
Revealing mistake: Movie physics occasionally dictate random explosions, but this is too bizarre. Near the start, a cop car smashes through a caravan, and the caravan blows up. Fair enough, may have hit a gas cylinder or whatever. We see the cop car, practically undamaged, skid to a halt. Cut to a few reaction shots, then suddenly the cop car just blows up for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
Plot hole: The hitman in the tow truck leans into the rear/left corner of the cab as the surfboard approaches. The board hits the glass at the very top, dead center. Hence, it definitely misses him completely, yet the hitman is killed. Windshields don't break into "shards" (which is another mistake made listed here, and as it can't exist, it can't be the cause of death) and the roof is not damaged. He is the driver, and he stops the truck by braking. There is no vehicle collision. It is clear to all viewers that the makers intended the surfboard to be the cause of death - nobody watching the film thought otherwise.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Murtaugh is shooting his attackers with the nail gun the walls are apparently covered with super plastic. How is it that the plastic sheeting is light enough for the bad guy to punch through, but is able to support the weight of his corpse by a single nail when Murtaugh shoots him through the plastic? Wouldn't the plastic tear and drop the body to the floor?
Continuity mistake: In Lethal Weapon 1 Murtaugh turns 50. In Lethal Weapon 2, you can see a copy of Murtaugh's police file in the South African Embassy, when they are discussing repercussions against the police. In the file it says Murtaugh was born in 1947 which would make him 42 in this movie.
Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Riggs is captured by the bad guys they tie him in a straight-jacket and toss him off a pier into the drink, he's wearing a pair of Dingo style boots. Underwater when he dislocates his shoulder and escapes the straight-jacket, he sees Patsy Kendit's corpse, swims over, checks her pulse and swims to the surface. Now he's barefoot. Yet when he attacks and kills the two thugs he's got the boots on again. They can even be heard on the pavement.
Revealing mistake: When the small car is launched into the air, the underside is plainly visible, showing no normal working parts like a suspension or drivetrain. It has a flat pan bottom with a square-tube support structure to make it very light for its flight and to retain it shape. (Director's Cut.)
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.
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.
Plot hole: Riggs and Murtagh send the car flying out of the container, pushing the money out as it goes. Ignoring that the car couldn't possibly force the sealed container doors open, even without having the obstacle of pallets loaded with money in the way, the car actually explodes in mid air for no reason. (Director's Cut.)
Continuity mistake: During a chase scene involving Murtaugh's station wagon and a flatbed tow truck, the hotel waiter shoots at Riggs through the truck's rear window. In this series of shots, notice how Riggs is swinging by a chrome handle on the passenger's side - which wasn't there during the gunpoint hijack shot just moments ago.
00:39:30 - 00:40:45ryguy_1983
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 00:42:35johnrosa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 01:24:15ryguy_1983
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.
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 - 01:49:00mightymick
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