Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1989. Warner Bros., Silver Pictures. Story by Shane Black, Warren Murphy, Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam, based on characters created by Shane Black. Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt. Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver. Music by Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, David Sanborn. Production Design by J. Michael Riva. Costume Design by Barry Francis Delaney. Film Editing by Stuart Baird. Academy Awards 1989.
Caught between the excellent Lethal Weapon and the mindlessly entertaining Lethal Weapon 3, this lackluster installment doesn’t really stand up all too well. Mel Gibson is once again the loose cannon and Danny Glover the straight-laced cop who partner up on the Los Angeles police force. When they interview a witness (Joe Pesci) to a crime involving stolen South African money, they discover that diplomats from that country have been using their political immunity as a way of engaging in criminal activity, completely unseen by the law. Gibson gets close to a woman (Patsy Kensit) working for the crime bosses and she helps them get closer to the bad guys. Some cool stunts and lots of witty one-liners, but this one is strictly for fans only. Pesci’s character was such a favourite with audiences that the writers found a way for him to return in both sequels after this film.