Lethal Weapon (1987)

RICHARD DONNER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1987.  , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Richard Donner, .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The highly successful buddy-cop franchise got its start in this fun action adventure.  stars as a burnt-out cop whose mourning over his dead wife has caused him to be reckless in his work. His superiors partner him up with aging family man in the hopes that the partnership will level the two of them out. Their eccentricities end up becoming their strengths when they are investigating the mysterious suicide-death of a rich man’s daughter that leads towards a drug smuggling operation that our heroes uncover. Lots of high-octane action sequences and dangerous situations before the big finish, all pulled off with very classy stunt work and hilarious wisecracks from the stars. Glover’s famous ‘I’m too old for this shit’ line ended up becoming a staple of the series.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Sound

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