Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) Poster

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  • After engaging in a high speed chase with South African smugglers and recovering a trunk full of krugerrands, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are assigned to the less dangerous job of protecting federal witness Leo Getz (Joe Pesci). Soon, however, they learn that Getz is involved in the same smuggling ring, laundering money made by South African diplomats hiding under their diplomatic immunity status. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Lethal Weapon 2 is the second movie in the Lethal Weapon series, preceded by Lethal Weapon (1987) (1987) and followed by Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) (1998). It is based on a story and screenplay by American screenwriters Shane Black (who created the characters in the first movie), Warren Murphy, and Jeffrey Boam. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Krugerrands are a South African monetary unit made mostly of solid gold (with a little copper thrown in). The chief monetary unit of South Africa is called the "rand". "Kruger" comes from the face depicted on the coin of Paul Kruger, president of the South African Republic from 1883 to 1900. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • They aren't anymore. However, during the 1970s and '80s, they were outlawed because of South Africa's position on apartheid. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Apartheid is a system of racial segregation in South Africa that limited the rights of black South Africans and kept them "apart" from white South Africans. Apartheid existed in South Africa for decades until it was abolished 1994. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • In southern Africa, "kaffir" is a ethnic slur referring to a black person. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No. The scene requires a serious amount of suspension of disbelief but it really makes for a fun action sequence. Riggs is driving a large, heavy-duty GMC Sierra (a 1989) that likely has a V8 engine and also has a heavy duty rear suspension setup— he uses it to tow the trailer he lives in. However, Riggs wraps the chain he uses to pull out the stilt near the base of the stilt where it's bolted to the concrete post. The bolts, plus the weight of the house on the stilt would make it impossible to yank out with Riggs' truck. In reality, depending on where Riggs had secured the chain to his truck—it looks like it's been attached to the rear axle assembly—the force would have either bent the axle severely or ripped it loose from the undercarriage. It's possible he could have bent the stilt enough if he'd attached the chain about halfway along the length of the support but that would be highly unlikely too, i.e., it would cause some damage to the stilt itself but it's unlikely the whole house would come down. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Yes and no. The house that's destroyed in the movie was a replica built on a backlot at Warner Studios. The real house was used as a shooting location but it's still standing at 7436 Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills. It was designed by a man named John Lautner, who was a famous architect. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Trapped in the shipping container loaded with South African drug lord Arjen Rudd's (Joss Ackland) Mercedes and shrink-wrapped packages containing hundreds of million of dollars of American money, Riggs and Murtaugh wait until the container is hanging over the Alba Varden. The container doors suddenly burst open and the Mercedes comes flying, exploding into a fireball and followed by thousands of bills, which scatter irretrievably on the water. Riggs and Murtaugh then rappel from the container into the ship's cargo hold. A fight breaks out during which Riggs and Murtaugh manage to take out several of Rudd's henchmen. However, Rudd's hired assassin, Pieter Vorstedt (Derrick O'Connor) succeeds in tossing a knife into Riggs' right hamstring, disabling him. Riggs manages to get up on his feet, pulls out the knife, and uses it to stab Vorstedt several times in the gut. When Vorstedt also gets up and pulls a gun on Riggs, Riggs finishes him off by pressing the loading button that releases the overhanging container pod. It falls on Vorstedt, crushing him. When Murtaugh calls out to Riggs to see if he's okay, Rudd open fires on Riggs, pumping several bullets into him. Murtaught turns on Rudd, who is flashing his dipolatic immuity card, but shoots him anyway. "It's just been revoked," he yells out. Murtaugh rushes to his severely-wounded partner and cradles Riggs' seemingly lifeless head in his arms. "You're not dead," Murtaugh entones over and over, "not until I tell you." Riggs replies by asking Murtaugh to reach into his pocket and get his cigarettes. Once Murtaugh has the pack, Riggs tells him to throw them away, saying, "Those things will kill ya!" Riggs then asks whether they've managed to get all the bad guys, and Murtaugh replies, "They've all been de-kaffir-nated." Sharing a laugh together, Riggs and Murtaugh await the arriving police, whose sirens can be heard in the distance. Edit (Coming Soon)

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