April 24th, 2014: Lethal Weapon (1987)


Cast and Crew: Shane Black (Writer); Joel Silver (Producer); Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen (Music); Mitch Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, Joan Severance, Ed O’Ross, Al “Kabong Leong, Grand L. Bush, Don Gordon,

What It’s About: Suicidal young cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is partnered with too-old-for-this-shit cop Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover).  The pair must learn to work together while attempting to bust a brutal drug ring that owns a stealth helicopter and is willing to employ someone unhinged enough to be played by Gary Busey…can they do it?

Why Watch it Today?: Richard Donner turns 84 today.  Donner’s action/adventure films tinged with comedy hit their peak in the 1980s, none more than Lethal Weapon, which standardized buddy cop clichés in such a powerful way that it became a franchise that, like Murtaugh, always seemed to be on the verge of retiring without ever actually retiring.

Other Choices: Donner also directed former Movies of the Day The Goonies,  Ladyhawke and Superman.

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