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Lethal Weapon 3

118 min | USA:121 min (director's cut)
Action | Crime | Thriller
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Richard Donner
3 wins & 4 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1992-05-15
Filming Locations: Burbank, California, USA
Budget: $35,000,000
Opening Weekend: $33,243,086 (USA) (17 May 1992)
Gross: $144,731,527 (USA)£11,878,000 (UK)
Rene Russo
Rene Russo
Lethal Weapon 3
Ebonie Smith
Ebonie Smith
Lethal Weapon 3
Traci Wolfe
Traci Wolfe
Lethal Weapon 3
Mel Gibson
Martin Riggs
Danny Glover
Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci
Leo Getz
Stuart Wilson
Jack Travis
Steve Kahan
Captain Murphy
Darlene Love
Trish Murtaugh
Damon Hines
Nick Murtaugh
Gregory Millar
Nick Chinlund
Jason Rainwater
Young Cop (as Jason Meshover-Iorg)
Alan Scarfe
Herman Walters
Delores Hall
Mary Ellen Trainor
Stephanie Woods
Mark Pellegrino
Billy Phelps
John Cenatiempo
Danny Wynands
Andrew Hill Newman
Kenneth Tigar
Becker - Bomb Squad Leader
Pete Antico
Henchman #1 /
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Henchman #2
Paul Tuerpe
Henchman #3
Veronica Alicino
Squad Member #1 (as Ronnie Alicino)
Henry Brown
Squad Member #2
Eric Briant Wells
Squad Member #3
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
Squad Member #4 (as Miguel Nunez)
Bobby Wynn
Sylvia Webb White
Darryl's Mother
Danny 'Big Black' Rey
Darryl's Father (as Danny Big Black)
Vince Howard
Preacher (as Vincent Howard)
Paul Hipp
Lauren Shuler Donner
Nurse (as Lauren Shuler-Donner)
Stephen Kay
Movie Director (as Stephen T. Kay)
Michael George Miller
Movie Assistant Director
Henry Kingi
Movie Gun Punk
Adam Klineberg
Movie Cop
Michele Landry
Young Woman
Scott Bryce
Young Man (as Scott M. Bryce)
Del Emory
Shower Cop
John Harms
James Oliver
Marian Collier
Norman D. Wilson
Thomas A. Geas
Man at Hamburger Stand
Gene Williams
Selma Archerd
Officer Selma
Harvey Fisher
Murtaugh Neighbor
Edward J. Rosen
Hockey Spectator #1 (as Edward Rosen)
Jay Della
Hockey Spectator #2 (as Jay Fiondella)
Steve Luport
Anthony T. Pennello
Dead Guard (as Anthony T. Pennelo)
Jay Byron
Germain Williams
David Lee Bynum
Construction Worker
Steve Psaros
Desk Cop #1
Paul Ganus
Desk Cop #2
Don Stanley
Highway Patrolman #1
Maryellen Aviano
Highway Patrolman #2
Michael Klastorin
CDR Worker (as Michael E. Klastorin)
J. Mills Goodloe
Mike Agresta
Detective 2 (uncredited)
J. Neil Bloomer
Extra (uncredited)
Jan de Bont
Dutch Cameraman (uncredited)
David Wayne Campbell
Policeman (uncredited)
Larry Clardy
Policeman (uncredited)
Sven Granlund
Extra (uncredited)
Anthony Johnson
Drug Dealer (uncredited)
Jack McGee
Carpenter (uncredited)
Did you know?
For the film's spectacular climax, the filmmakers found an abandoned housing tract just outside of Lancaster, California. A victim of the Savings & Loan crisis, the property had been untouched for over two years. 12 out of the 56 houses in the tract became a dramatic inferno for the scene. To meet EPA standards, each house had to be stripped of all insulation, paper, wiring, plumbing, and anything plastic. In addition to administering a heavy dose of flame retardant to each house, propane gas lines were used in each of the 12 houses. This allowed the creation of a fire that would not burn wood and one that could be lit and re-lit as needed for each take. Oddly enough, the fire sequences proved to be a welcome heat source during the night shooting, as it took place in January, where the desert temperatures dipped down to as low as 11 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Following the film's massive box office success, Warner Brothers planned to give Mel Gibson, producer Joel Silver, and director Richard Donner brand-new black Range Rovers as thank-you presents. However, WB Chairmen Bob Daly and Terry Semel only told Donner that they were invited to a celebratory lunch (the Range Rovers were going to be a surprise gift) and Donner wanted to invite Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, and writer Jeffrey Boam to join them. So the studio simply raced around Los Angeles and kept buying one new Range Rover for each new lunch guest, and presented them to the entire happily stunned group when the meal was over.
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The housing construction site was not a set built for the film but an actual real estate project near Lancaster, California. The developers went broke before the homes could be completed. The production company could film there only after agreeing to tear the site down completely after the shoot.
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As Murtaugh turns from the motorcycle wreck/explosion, the last several frames of the shot show the cable supporting the motorcycle.
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When Riggs and Murtaugh pull up to the convenience store and get out of the truck, the windows are clearly rolled up. But after Riggs crashes Reanne's movie shoot and they come back to the truck, the windows are rolled down because Riggs easily leans out of the window to yank off the parking ticket.
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The slow-motion scene in which Riggs falls from the highway is filmed from two angles. From above, one can clearly see that he's falling towards a padded mat. From below, he falls through a pile of boards.
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Delores: You tell that man he's the jam in my jelly roll!
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Leo Getz: Hey, guys, guys! You think I could get a gun this time?
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Martin Riggs: He's done this twice, oh, damn! I'm gonna suck his eyes out through his nose!
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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
Three dialogue/plot scenes were extended for the Director's Cut adding up nearly three minutes to the runtime. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
Isn't Leo supposed to be in witness protection?
Leo was in protective custody because he was going to testify against the South Africans. But seeing as how Riggs and Murtaugh killed all of them, there was no need for Leo to testify or go into witness protection.
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Photos from cast
Rene Russo Philip Moon Mic Rodgers Ebonie Smith Traci Wolfe
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